Lady Hawks can’t hold off Panthers

Release Date:
February 20, 2008
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HAMBURG, NY – The University of Pitt-Bradford women’s basketball team broke a 51-51 tie with a 13-3 run over the final 3:00 minutes to hold off Hilbert College 64-54 Wednesday night. With the loss, the Hawks fall to 0-24 overall and 0-17 in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) as they head into Saturday’s finale at Medaille College.

Hilbert held a 37-36 lead at the half after holding a 10-point lead four different times. The strong play of senior forward Amanda McHale (Bradford, PA/Archbishop Walsh) helped the Hawks shoot better than 46% over the first 20:00. Fellow senior Kaitlyn Miller (Depew, NY/Depew) and sophomore Courtney DeVille (Kenmore, NY/Kenmore West) combined to drain five of nine three-pointers to spark the offense.

The Hawks remained in control for much of the second half, but scored just three points over the final 9:07 of play. Katie Moore sank six of the Panthers’ eight free throws over the final 00:55 to ice the win and propel the visitors to 5-19, 3-14.

The Hilbert loss wipes out an outstanding performance from McHale who finished with 17 points, 10 rebounds, and a game-high five assists. Miller finished with 15 points, all from beyond the arc as the Hawks played a neat game with 16 assists to just 13 turnovers.

Moore finished with 20 markers for the winners who also got 19 points and 10 rebounds from Michelle Kushner.

Hilbert will conclude the 2007-08 season with Saturday’s 1:00 pm game against the #16 Mavericks.

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.