Lady Hawks Drop Two at BSC Tourney

Release Date:
November 19, 2006
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

BUFFALO, NY – The Hilbert College women’s basketball team opened the 2006-07 season with a pair of losses at the Betty Abgott Invitational hosted by Buffalo State this weekend. The Hawks lost to the host Bengals Friday night 81-38 before dropping Sunday’s consolation game 65-41 to Albany College of Pharmacy.

On Friday, an aggressive Buffalo State team raced to an early 46-21 lead at intermission before outscoring the Hawks 35-17 in the second stanza. The Bengals full court pressure forced 30 Hilbert turnovers and held the Hawks to just 19% shooting from the field. Jacey Brooks and Alyssa Wojda combined for 28 points and 11 rebounds to lead the winners who had 11 players get in the scoring column.

The Hawks were paced by the strong play of junior forward Amanda McHale (Bradford, PA/Archbishop Walsh) who finished with 12 points and a game-high 13 rebounds. Senior floor general Kaitlyn Miller (Depew, NY/Depew) played all 40 minutes and finished with 11 points, three assists and three steals. Sophomore forward Lucy Zver (Jasper, NY/Jasper-Troupsburg) came off the bench to record 11 points and eight rebounds.

In Sunday’s consolation game, Albany Pharmacy used an early 15-2 run to separate itself from Hilbert and earn the third-place win. Kelly VanValkenburgh led the Panthers (1-1) with 20 points and five steals. Zver and Miller led the Hawks with eight points each while McHale chipped in with seven points and a game-high nine rebounds.

Tournament MVP Amanda Baker led Medaille College (2-0) to a 78-70 win over Buffalo State (1-1) in the Championship game.

The Hawks (0-2) return to action Tuesday, November 21st in a 5:00 pm contest at Alfred University.

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.