MTA survives late HC rally

Release Date:
January 12, 2008
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Lady Hawks bench productive in loss

HAMBURG, NY – The Mount Aloysius College women’s basketball team hung on to beat Hilbert College 86-74 on Saturday to improve to 7-4 overall and 3-3 in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC). Lindsey Bush torched the nets for 29 points and the Mounties withstood a late Hilbert run to win their fourth consecutive game.

Both teams took turns leading in the first half with Hilbert owning a 21-20 advantage after an Amanda McHale (Bradford, PA/Archbishop Walsh) layup at 11:32. The visiting Mounties would use an 18-2 run over the next five minutes to regain control before settling for a 45-34 lead at the break. Mount Aloysius did most of their damage inside where they held a 20-8 edge on points scored in the paint.

The Mounties would build a 19-point lead in the second half only to see the Hawks cut the deficit to eight on three separate occasions with under 3:00 to play. Mount Aloysius would convert nine of 10 free throws over the final 2:42 to keep the Hawks (0-13, 0-6) from getting any closer.

For the game, the Mounties owned a 49-32 edge in rebounds and shot a respectable 47% from the floor. Hilbert stayed in the game with an eight of 24 performance from three-point territory while also converting 20 of 27 free throws. The Hawks’ bench outscored the Mounties reserves 16-13.

The 5’8” Bush was 10 of 19 from the floor including three of four beyond the arc. Brianna Baker finished with 20 points and a game-high 15 rebounds to help pace the winners.

McHale paced four different Hawks in double figures with a 19 point 14 rebound effort. Courtney Deville (Kenmore, NY/Kenmore West) added 14 markers and teammates Kaitlyn Miller (Depew, NY/Depew) and Samantha Klein (Cheektowaga, NY/Maryvale) chipped in with 12 and 11 points respectfully.

The Hawks will next prepare for Wednesday’s 6:00 pm home game against the University of Pitt-Greensburg (10-3, 4-2).

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.