The College of New Rochelle Women’s Basketball Team Wins Hudson Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championship
February 26, 2018
The College of New Rochelle (CNR) women’s basketball team, the Blue Angels, won the Hudson Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (HVIAC) Championship game on Sunday, February 18 at the New Rochelle campus. The team had a 77-65 victory over top-seeded Davis College. This is the second win for the team, having previously won in 2014.
Hitting a sweltering 69 points in the tournament, CNR sophomore Dar'Neisha Brice was named 2018 Hudson Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament Most Valuable Player, leading the No. 2 seed Blue Angels to the 2018 Hudson Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Women's Basketball Championship. Brice was also recognized as an HVIAC All-Conference Selection for the 2017-18 Season.
Behind Dar'Neisha Brice's performance and 39 points in the championship game, the Blue Angels rallied from deficits in both games of the tournament to capture their second league championship and first since 2014.
Brice scored 27 of her game-high 39 points in the second half. The MVP added eight rebounds and game-highs of six assists and six steals in the game. Sophomore Melissa Perez helped Brice off the bench with 17 points. Fellow sophomore Ashley Martin tied Braedyn Mims from the Falcons for a game-high of 12 rebounds in the win. And, senior Caitlin Harrison received HVIAC All-Conference Team Selection for her third straight season, finishing her senior season off with another strong performance which included seven points and 11 rebounds in the championship game.
“I just want to thank my teammates and coaches for the hard work and commitment we put in all season,” Harrison said. “By winning the HVIAC championship, we showed our resilience and that we believed we were already champions by coming back from a 21-point deficit to win. We played and won together as a family and I wish the team the same success next season.”
Head women’s basketball coach Gerald Davis, added: “For six months, it has been an absolute pleasure to work with these fine student-athletes. They gave me everything they could. They never allowed others’ expectations to govern them. Even in those final two games when the moment looked its bleakest, they fought to the final buzzer. They never gave up and that's the true sign of a champion,” he continued. “Now they get an opportunity to hang a banner that could never be removed. They are now a part of a winning culture that we seek to establish year after year. I'm so proud of them.”