Mounties outlast women’s basketball team

Release Date:
February 9, 2008
The Office of Sports Information
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CRESSON, PA – Mount Aloysius College used a nineteen point half-time lead to survive a second half scoring drought before topping Hilbert College 63-47 on Saturday. Brianna Baker led all scorers with 22 points as the Mounties stayed within striking distance of making one of the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference’s (AMCC) six post-season tournament spots. Currently in seventh place, the Mounties stand at 11-9 overall, and 6-8 in the league with four conference games remaining.

Hilbert (0-21, 0-14) converted just seven of their first 25 field goals (28%) while allowing Mount Aloysius to connect on 17 of 40 attempts (43%). The Mounties took control of the half after three early lead changes and held a 39-20 advantage at the intermission.

In the second half, the visiting Hawks would try to keep things interesting as cold shooting (23%) plagued the hosts. Hilbert would outscore the home team 27-24 over the final 20:00, but it wasn’t enough, as Mount Aloysius would register 33 more shot attempts for the game. Neither team got hot from beyond the arc as both teams combined for an eight of 45 (18%) showing.

Baker finished with nine of the Mounties 45 rebounds, and teammate Lindsey Bush chipped in with 15 points and seven boards. Brooke Bryner scored just four points, but grabbed a team-high 11 rebounds to go with four assists, and three steals for the winners.

Hilbert senior Amanda McHale (Bradford, PA/Archbishop Walsh) scored 17 points giving her 1,013 for her career. The 5’11 forward grabbed 13 rebounds and now becomes the first Hilbert player to have over 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in a career.

The Hawks’ Courtney DeVille (Kenmore, NY/Kenmore West) reached double figures with 12 points and finished with a game-high four steals.

Hilbert will travel to the University of Pitt-Greensburg (16-5, 10-4) on Saturday for a 6:00 pm contest. The Bobcats are coming off a 77-72 win over #13 Medaille College.

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.