#1 St. Joseph’s 59, #4 New Rochelle 28
#2 Albany Pharmacy 77, #3 Yeshiva 61
#1 St. Joseph’s 56, #2 Albany Pharmacy 53
St. Joseph’s College captures their first conference championship in four years remaining undefeated in regular season and tournament action. The road to the title wasn’t easy, with big opposition from Albany Pharmacy who posed tough tests for the Lady Bears in both the regular season meeting and in the championship game.
In the title game, St. Joseph’s led from the opening tip and by as many as 14 in the second half. Albany Pharmacy clawed back into the game and finally took their first lead, 53-52 with just under a minute in regulation. The Lady Bears hit two free throws to give St. Joseph’s back the lead and made a steal on the ensuing possession and sank two more free throws to build a three point advantage with five seconds left and the Panthers would be unable to get off a tying three-point attempt.
Tournament Most Valuable Player
Ashley McQuillan • St. Joseph’s
Sophomore • Guard • Brooklyn, NY (St. Francis Prep)
Ashley McQuillan was been selected as this year’s Tournament MVP leading St. Joseph’s to the HVWAC title with a 20 point performance in the championship game. The freshman point-guard from Brooklyn, NY shot 9-for-10 from the charity stripe, which included the Lady Bears last four points in the final minute of regulation and a crucial steal that proved to be the difference.
2009-10 Coach of the Year
Kristen Dart • Albany College of Pharmacy
Kristen Dart has been selected by her peers as the 2009-10 HVWAC Basketball Coach of the Year. In her first year at the helm of Albany Pharmacy, Dart led the Panthers to two dominating conference victories in regular season play. In the championship game, Dart helped guide the Panthers to erasing a 14 point second half deficit, taking the lead in the final minute, but falling just short of her first title.