Women's Basketball Season Preview

Release Date:
November 12, 2008
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

HAMBURG, NY—With the loss of three seniors, the 2008-09 Hilbert College women’s basketball team will be looking for the next group of Hawks to establish themselves as leaders of the program. The departure of Amanda McHale, who is the only player in program history to score more than 1,000 points (1,075) and grab more than 1,000 rebounds (1,072), Kaitlyn Miller the school’s all-time 3 point shooter and assist leader and transfer Kellie Tingley, who was a solid contributor for 2 seasons, will pave the way for future generations of Hawks to create their own legacy.

The women’s basketball team has been practicing since October 15th in anticipation of their 2008-09 basketball season. This year’s squad is focusing on improving their offensive fundamentals and team defense. The roster is comprised of 1 returning player and 8 new freshman or transfers, which means the speed at which the players learn the system and are able to execute both offensively and defensively will be the difference makers. With hard work, commitment and dedication we are rebuilding the program’s foundation for the future on the hard wood as well as in the game of life.

The sole returner from the 2007-08 season is sophomore Elizabeth Kennedy (Lisbon, NY/Lisbon Central School). Liz will bring toughness and leadership to the young Hawks squad. The newcomers for this season’s edition of the Hawks are freshman Julie Bossard (Arkport, NY/Canisteo-Greenwood) who will bring a unique combination of size and speed as well as a excellent understanding of the game. Sophomore Amanda Dudek (Tonawanda, NY/Tonawanda High School), will bring solid athleticism to the table. Freshman Dale Jonathan (Basom, NY/Akron Central School) has a keen mind for the game, and will contribute at both ends of the floor. Sophomore Samantha Lawrence (East Chatham, NY/West Lebanon High School), has distinguished herself with excellent defensive intensity on the court. Junior transfer, Jackie Pienkowski (Buffalo, NY/Holy Angels Academy), has a solid all around game, as well as a coach’s mentality on the floor. Freshman Kaitlyn Wetzel (Ripon, WI/Ripon High School), has a reliable shooting touch and brings a great work ethic to the group. Freshman Mary Zinni (Batavia, NY/Batavia High School) is very fundamentally sound and will contribute in several different areas for the Hawks.

Although the Hawks lack experience, they are heavy on heart, toughness, dedication and team commitment. With head coach Kara Rehbaum at the helm for her 5th season, the 2008-09 Hawks will be an example of exactly what the true meaning of team is.

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.