Hawks Drop Two at Tip-Off Tourney

Release Date:
November 19, 2005
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BUFFALO, NY – The Hilbert College women’s basketball team lost to D’Youville College on Friday night before falling to Alfred University Saturday in the consolation game of the Medaille College Tip-Off Tournament.

After heading to the locker room tied at 33-33 Friday, D’Youville outscored the Hawks 39-33 in the second stanza to earn a 72-66 win and advance to Saturday’s championship game. Free-throw woes hurt Hilbert’s chances as the Hawks converted only six of 17 attempts on the night.

D’Youville’s Rachel Placito led all scorers with 22 points while also handing out six assists. Hilbert’s Autumn Lee-Jeffries (Buffalo, NY/Holy Angels) scored 17 points and Amanda McHale (Bradford, PA/Archbishop Walsh) added 12 points and 11 rebounds in a losing effort.

In Saturday’s consolation game, the Hawks trailed Alfred 23-30 at the half before succumbing to the Saxons 44-69. Hilbert shot a chilly 28% from the field in the second half while a stiff Saxons defense forced 32 turnovers on the night.

Melanie Jackson led the winners with 14 points and six rebounds while Lee-Jeffries paced the Hawks with 16 markers, six rebounds and a game high eight blocks.

The all-tournament team consisted of Hilbert’s Nikki Curry (Ransomville, NY/Wilson) who averaged four points, six assists, and three rebounds on the weekend. MVP Amanda Baker led Medaille College to a 76-45 win over D’Youville in the Tourney title game.

The Hawks (0-2) will regroup and look forward to another crack at the Saxons as they visit the Hafner Recreation Center on Tuesday, November 22nd for a 5:00 pm game.

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.