Lady Hawks Hoop Team Prepares For New Season

Release Date:
November 9, 2006
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Hawks Hope Play-off Return

HAMBURG, NY - The 2006-07 edition of the Hilbert College women’s basketball team hopes to build on the success of making the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) playoffs last winter. Four experienced veterans blended with a mixture of six new faces should make things interesting as the calendar flips to the year 2007. Now in her third year, head coach Kara Rehbaum will need to find creative ways to improve on the team’s 6-19 record from a year ago if the Hawks are to return to post season play.

“This year’s group of players has the potential to become a very solid basketball team,” stated Rehbaum. “We have some great leadership in not only the returning players but also the transfer players who had successes at their previous junior colleges.”

“Our freshman class has the work ethic like no other class that the program has had,” continued Rehbaum. “Our sophomore players have the desire to become the best players possible, doing what ever it takes to bring respectability to this program”.

Rehbaum anticipates that her young team will get better as the season progresses: “Personality-wise, team chemistry-wise, and effort-wise, we have the ingredients which make up a very special group. Our athletes will improve daily on their individual skills and no one should ever take us for granted.”

The Hawks lone senior is Kaitlyn Miller (Depew, NY/Depew). Miller is the first Hilbert College athlete to make the AMCC conference play-offs in three different sports and serves as one of the quarterbacks on Rehbaum’s basketball team. Miller will be counted on after a productive junior year that saw the 5’6” guard average 6.0 ppg while dishing out 33 assists.

Junior Amanda McHale (Bradford, PA/Archbishop Walsh) was ranked nationally in Division III statistics her first two seasons in both rebounding and block shots. Last season the 5’11 forward was named to the AMCC honorable mention squad after being the only player in the conference to average a double-double (10.9 ppg, 10.4 rpg) for the season.

Sophomores Crystal Bateman (Angola, NY/Lake shore) and Lucilla Zver (Jasper, NY/Jasper-Troupsburg) bring a wealth of experience back to the team where they both averaged 23 minutes a game as freshmen. Bateman was second on the team in three pointers made while Zver was fourth on the team in rebounding with 4.9 per contest.

Transfers guards Meghan Anderson (Constantia, NY/Onondaga Community College) and Kellie Tingley (Coudersport, PA/Genesee Community College) bring composure and a familiarity of experience from their JUCO days. Their maturity should not be overlooked as their experience in tight games will be evident as the season progresses. Another transfer player who is athletic and will contribute is Dana Wilt (Piseco, NY/Oneonta State).

Other newcomers looking to have an impact include freshmen Courtney DeVille (Kenmore, NY/Kenmore West) and Sarah Collins (Milroy, PA/Indian Valley). Diane Spargo (Buffalo, NY/South Hunterdon) is the lone sophomore in this group of first-year players.

Hilbert opens the season against Buffalo State on the road at the Betty Abgott Invitational hosted by the Bengals on November 18th. The Hawks will play their first six contests away from the confines of the Hafner Recreation Center before returning home on December 6th to face AMCC foe Penn State Behrend.

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.