Lions Ground Hawks

Release Date:
December 6, 2008
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

The Hilbert College women’s basketball team was defeated by Penn State Altoona 73-44, on Saturday afternoon (December 6, 2008) at the Stephen A. Adler Athletic Complex. With the loss, the Hawks fall to 0-7 overall and 0-2 in the AMCC.

Hilbert scored first, on a jump shot by freshman Mary Zinni (Batavia, NY/Batavia). The game was tied 8-8 at the 14:37 mark of the first half but the Lions would reel off a 35-10 run over the remainder of the half to lead 43-18 at the break.

In the second half, the Hawks played the Lions very evenly. Although the lead grew as much as 35 with 2:49 remaining, the Hawk’s defense allowed the lead to grow by just four points over the final 20 minutes.

Zinni led the Hawks in scoring with 13 points on the afternoon. Junior Jackie Pienkowski (Buffalo, NY/Holy Angels) distributed the ball well for Hilbert, registering 6 assists to go along with 7 points. Freshman Julie Bossard (Arkport, NY/Canisteo-Greenwood) did great work on the glass, collecting 13 rebounds for the Hawks.

“Jackie Pienkowski saw the floor real well today,” said head coach Kara Rehbaum. “We attacked better today on the offensive end, especially in the second half.” “The girls worked really hard today, and that showed in the second half, and by the fact that we won the battle on the glass.”

The Hawks outrebounded the Lions 45-39 for the game.

The Hawks return to action Dec. 10 at 6 p.m., when Penn State Behrend comes to the Hafner Recreation Center.

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.