Women's basketball falters in home opener

Release Date:
November 20, 2007
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HAMBURG, NY – Alfred University forced 26 turnovers and claimed a 48-31 edge in rebounding while registering a 77-56 win over Hilbert College Tuesday. The win improves the Lady Saxons to 1-2 on the year while the Hawks fall to 0-3 on the young season.

The Saxons’ Lisa Button nailed a three-pointer to give the visitors a 9-6 lead at 16:44 of the first half as the Alfred lead would increase to as many as 20 over the next 12:00. The Hawks would try to keep things interesting and closed the half on a 14-5 run to trail 41-30 at the intermission. To their credit, the Saxons canned five of six three-pointers and their 11 first half steals helped spark an offense that nine different players contributed to.

The Saxons would race to a 29-point lead in the second half, and an old fashioned three-point play by Alyshia Dias made it 71-42 with 9:00 to play. The Hawks couldn’t keep pace and converted just eight of 24 field goals during the second half.

Melanie Jackson paced Alfred with 15 points and a team-high seven rebounds while teammate Hannah Meier finished with 12 points on five of eight shooting. The winners dished out 19 assists and collected 20 offensive rebounds on the night.

Senior guard Kaitlyn Miller (Depew, NY/Depew) scored 14 points including nine from beyond the arc to lead Hilbert. Fellow senior Amanda McHale (Bradford, PA/Archbishop Walsh) finished with 13 points and a game-high 11 boards.

The Hawks will regroup for a Saturday afternoon game at home against Nazareth College. Play gets underway at 6:00 pm at 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.