Women's Basketball Preview

Release Date:
November 7, 2011
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

The 2011-12 Hilbert College women’s basketball team anticipates the start of a new season with second year head coach Rob Peterson leading the way. “We have a group of players who are working hard and are ready to compete this year,” said Peterson. “With the addition of six first-year students, we are ready to change the perception and culture of the women’s basketball program at Hilbert. With the leadership of the returning players, we believe that a change is on the way.”

The Hawks will rely on the senior experience of Julie Bossard and Mary Zinni. Bossard, the only player to start and play in all 24 games for the Hawks, averaged 10.7 ppg (18th AMCC), 8.6 rpg (4th AMCC) and 2.5 blocks per game (2nd AMCC) and was named to the AMCC All-Conference 3rd team in 2010-11. Fellow senior Zinni returns to the squad for her final season after studying abroad the spring semester of her junior year. Her leadership on the court will be an added bonus for the younger players as they learn the ropes their first year. Zinni led the team in free throw percentage, shooting .774 from the stripe in the nine contests she played.

Amber Grosch and Katie Newton return for their third year wearing blue and white. Grosch was second on the team in scoring (8.3 ppg) and rebounding (7.6 rpg) last season. Newton played in only two games before she sustained a season-ending injury. When she went down so early in the season, the Hawks missed the spark she provided during her first season in 2009-10.

 “The freshmen will contribute right away,” explained Peterson. Sarah Lorusso and Tiana Cheasman will handle most of the point guard responsibilities which will free Zinni up as a shooter her final season.  Rachel Cook, Jenna Crans, Kateland Ball, and Jenah Labuski will fill in the gaps. “What I really enjoy about our freshmen this season is the speed at which they are learning our system and the effort and skills they bring to the team,” said Peterson.

The Hawks open their season at Wells College on November 15th  then they make a return appearance in the Betty Abgott Tournament (November 18/19) hosted by Buffalo State College. Before the team breaks to celebrate Thanksgiving, they travel to Keuka College for a 6pm contest. 

The Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) members will hold their men’s basketball game prior to the women’s games for the 2011-12 season and on November 26th, Hilbert hosts their first double header home contest against Alfred University. November ends with a double-header road contest at Cazenovia College where the women’s team will play the prelim to the men’s game. The last non-conference game on the Hawks schedule actually occurs on January 19, 2012 after AMCC league games start.  The College of New Rochelle makes their first appearance in Hamburg looking for revenge in the Hawks road win last season.

Hilbert plays three AMCC games in the fall semester (La Roche, Penn State Behrend and Pitt-Greensburg) before they take a break for the holidays. The Hawks open 2012 with a home contest against cross-town rival Medaille College (January 4) before they hit the road for three league games. Hilbert plays their only other home game over the semester break when they host Mount Aloysius January 14. After classes resume in January, the Hawks finish their league schedule with six home games and travel for three road matches.

Rejoining coach Peterson on the side lines are Ken Cudney and Dave Burley with the newest addition being Krista Baker.

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.