Women’s Basketball Continues to Improve

Coaches finding the right combinations
Release Date:
November 21, 2009
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

PITTSBURGH, PA - The Hilbert women’s basketball team rebounded from a tough loss on Friday night when they played Penn State Greater Allegheny on November 21 in the consolation game of the 3rd Annual Chatham University tournament. PS-Greater Allegheny’s victory (64-58) was won at the foul line but the Hawks were in the game and the outcome could have gone either way. Chatham University finished the weekend 2-0 after beating Ursuline College (69-51) in the championship game of the Tip-Off Tournament benefitting the American Cancer Society and Coaches vs. Cancer. 

Hilbert went into the locker room with an eleven point lead (37-26) but ran into foul trouble the second half; three of the Hawks starters ending up finishing the game on the bench after fouling out. For the game, PS-Greater Allegheny was 34 of 57 from the charity stripe and they won the game by hitting 22 of the 32 free throws in the second half.   The player who hurt the Hawks the most was Rachel Halaszynski who finished the game with 28 points (10-17 fg; 8-16 ft). Some bright spots in the game should be noted that the Hawks had more steals than their opponent, and fewer turnovers as well. The thirty additional field goal attempts indicate Hilbert is getting enough looks at the hoop, but they just need to improve their field goal percentage.
Sophomore guard Mary Zinni (Batavia, NY/Batavia) was named to the All Tournament team after scoring a career high 24 points and setting a new Chatham Tip-Off Tournament record on Saturday with six 3-pointers in one game. Another strong contributor for the Hawks was sophomore Amanda Dudek (Tonawanda, NY/Tonawanda) with her team-leading 9 rebounds and 6 steals.
Head coach Matt Phifer believes his team is making progress. “We are definitely not where we need to be but we are improving game by game. Because we have a young team we need to keep finding the right mix of players to pull ahead and stay ahead,” added Phifer.
On Tuesday, November 24, Hilbert College begins the official Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) games when they travel to the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg. Greenburg is 1-1 currently, after losing to Allegheny College on November 20 (58-57) and beating Westfield State (67-49) on November 21. Greensburg boasts the coaches pick for Preseason Player of the Year in senior forward Kelsey Wilcox.

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.