HC Women's Basketball Team Enters New Era

Release Date:
November 8, 2004
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

The Hilbert College women’s basketball team will enter their 2004-05 season with high hopes as they move into the highly competitive Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC).   First-year head coach Kara Rehbaum, formerly head coach of Division I Canisius College, will try to improve on a school-record 11 wins the Hawks recorded last season. 

Junior forward Autumn Lee-Jeffries (Buffalo, NY/Holy Angels), junior guard Kristen Curry (Ransomville, NY/Wilson) and junior guard Cheri White (Tonawanda, NY/Tonawanda) will be asked to provide leadership and stability to a Hawks squad that has no members of the senior class.

            Lee-Jeffries, a 6’1” forward, was named to the second-team All-Northeastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) in 2003-04.  She led the Hawks in blocked shots with 83, and ranked 11th nationally in Division III.  Lee-Jeffries also averaged 7.4 PPG and 5.9 RPG, placing her second on the team in both categories.

White will be asked to improve upon her stellar sophomore season, where she averaged 4.5 PPG and 3.6 RPG, primarily off the bench.  Curry will also be looked at to help in the backcourt.  Last season, she tied for the team lead in assists and was second in steals, while averaging 5.7 PPG.

            Also returning to the Hilbert team is junior guard Alicia Mitchell (Buffalo, NY/Traditional) and three sophomores: forwards Amy Anderson (West Seneca, NY/West Seneca West) and Perri Kraengel (Hamburg, NY/Hamburg), and guard Nikki Curry (Ransomville, NY/Wilson).  The 6’1” Anderson came off the bench last season to average 5.9 PPG as a freshman, and will look to continue her success in the post this season.  All four will provide depth to both the front and backcourts.

            Forward Amanda McHale (Bradford, PA/Archbishop Walsh) will be counted on to make an immediate impact for the Hawks this season.  The 5’11 freshman scored over 1,000 points in an outstanding high school career while earning league co-MVP honors in her senior season.

Newcomers in the backcourt include sophomore Kaitlyn Miller (Depew, NY/Depew) and freshman Ruthy Reyes (Buffalo, NY/South Park).  Both guards will help solidify the Hawk’s backcourt.

     The Hawks kick off the 2004-05 campaign with a home game on Saturday, November 20th against Chatham College.  Tip-off is scheduled for 2:00 PM.

Hilbert College, located in suburban Hamburg, N.Y., south of Buffalo, is a private four-year college founded in 1957 in the Catholic Franciscan tradition. With nearly 1,100 students, Hilbert is a dynamic Western New York college that offers career-focused majors, including one of the top criminal justice programs in the region, and more than 50 minors and concentrations. The college’s engaging, student-centered campus community offers numerous leadership, internship, and service learning opportunities from which students launch successful careers while making positive changes in their communities. The Hilbert Blueprint promotes a well-rounded student experience over four years – starting with the Foundations Seminar in the freshman year, followed by Sophomore Service, Junior Symposium, and culminating with the Senior Capstone. Hilbert has expanded its academic offerings with the college’s first graduate programs and new Accelerated Degree Programs geared to adult learners.