Hilbert Women Split Two on Weekend

Release Date:
January 25, 2005
The Office of Sports Information
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January 24, 2005


ALTOONA, PA – Autumn Lee-Jeffries (Buffalo, NY/Holy Angels) scored a season-best 27 points, but it wasn’t enough as the Penn State-Altoona Lions nipped the Hilbert College Hawks, 78-72 on Saturday afternoon.  The previous day, the Hawks defeated the Mount Aloysius Mounties, 78-59.  The Hawks record stands at 5-9 overall, and 3-5 in Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference play.


On Friday night, the Hawks played AMCC opponent Mount Aloysius College, and got off to a quick start.  Kaitlyn Miller’s (Depew, NY/Depew) lay-up at the 7:05 mark pushed Hilbert’s lead to 18-9. 


The Hawks went into halftime with a 39-31 advantage, and the second half was much of the same.  A Lee-Jeffries lay-in extended the Hawk lead to 23 points with 10:40, essentially putting the game out of reach.


Amy Anderson (West Seneca, NY/West Seneca West) tied her career-high she had set earlier in the week against Pitt.-Bradford with 22 points.  Lee-Jeffries recorded her eight double-double off the season with 13 points and 11 rebounds.  Kristen Curry (Ransomville, NY/Wilson) had a season-best 20 points off the bench.  Missy Wertz led the Mounties with 21 points in the losing effort.


The Hawks then traveled to Altoona, Pennsylvania, and got off to a very slow start.  Penn State-Altoona led for much of the first half, and a three-pointer by PSA’s Lindsey Barr gave the Lions a 20-16 advantage with 8:11 remaining in the first half.  Hilbert then went on a 14-0 run over the next four minutes, and two Lee-Jeffries free throws gave Hilbert a 10 point lead at the 3:51 mark. 


Leading by nine at the break, Hilbert saw Penn State-Altoona come out firing from the outside, and a Barr three-pointer gave the Lions their first lead of the second half, 66-64, with 3:08 remaining in the game. 


The game remained close in the final minutes, and after a Lee-Jeffries lay-up tied the game at 70 with 1:28 left, the Lions took over by hitting 6-of-7 free throws down the stretch to secure the victory.


Hilbert’s Kristen Curry continued her strong play, adding 15 points.  Amanda McHale (Bradford, PA/Archbishop Walsh) recorded a game-high 16 rebounds in the losing effort.  Barr finished the game with 22 points, and Erin Shields had a team-best 23 points for the victors.


The Hilbert College women’s basketball team returns to the court on Tuesday, January 25 at 6:00 PM to take on the Penn State-Behrend Behrend Lions.

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.