HC Women's Basketball Ready for 2005-06

Release Date:
November 9, 2005
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

Season Preview

HAMBURG, NY - The 2005-06 Hilbert College women’s basketball team is continuing to build off successes they achieved last season under first year coach Kara Rehbaum. Although the Hawks 7-18 record didn’t reflect a winning season, the team finished ranked 11th nationally in NCAA Division III field goal percentage defense.

Five players (one senior, three juniors and a sophomore) return from the 2004-05 season. Adding to the depth of the team this year will be one senior, and five freshmen. Rehbaum will work to install chemistry and a sense of unity to carry this group through the tough Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) schedule, with hopes of being one of the top six teams to reach the conference tourney at the end of the season.

Senior forward Autumn Lee-Jeffries (Buffalo, NY/Holy Angles) returns for her final season and is expected to be the focus of attention by opponents all season. The 6’1 first team All-AMCC selection averaged 15.1 ppg and 10.9 rpg last winter which also landed her on the All-East Region second team. As a junior she ranked nationally in blocks (2nd) and rebounds (24th) per game. Senior guard Cheri White (Tonawanda, NY/Tonawanda) returns after being sidelined last winter with a shoulder injury. One of Rehbaum’s hardest working players’, White has scored 179 points and grabbed 158 rebounds over her collegiate career.

The junior class is comprised of three local talents. Nikki Curry (Ransomville, NY/Wilson) is a never-say-die defender who causes problems for opponents with her quick hands and endurance. Curry averaged 33 minutes a game and led the team in assists during the 04-05 campaign. A three-sport athlete, Kaitlyn Miller (Depew, NY/Depew) is a reliable point guard that led the team in steals last year. 6’0 Amy Anderson (West Seneca, NY/West Seneca West) is a returning guard who showed great promise until a shoulder injury slowed her at the end of the 2004-05 season. Anderson was good for 10.7 ppg and 6.3 rpg last winter as she was able to extend her game by stepping away from the basket and becoming a perimeter threat.

Amanda McHale (Bradford, PA/Archbishop Walsh) is the lone returning sophomore on the squad. The 5’11 forward had a breakout rookie campaign, starting every game and finished ranked 13th nationally in rebounds with 12.1 per contest.

Five newcomers will wear the royal and white for the first time this year with all looking to contribute right away. Crystal Bateman (Angola, NY/Lake Shore), Katya Kroll-Haeick (Hamburg, NY/Hamburg) and Jackie Orlando (Buffalo, NY/Lackawanna) will add depth in the guard rotation. Lindsay Bergman (Amherst, NY/Holy Angels) and Rebecca Cook (Angola, NY/Lake Shore) will be welcome additions in the frontcourt.

The Hawks open the 2005-06 season at the Medaille College Tip-Off Tourney on November 18th against local foe D’Youville College. The first home game is scheduled for Tuesday, November 22nd against 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.