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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2014
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‘WE WANT THAT NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP’
After Clinching First Regular-Season HVIAC Title, Fledgling Berkeley College Women’s Basketball Team
Sets Sights on HVIAC Tournament and National Championship
Berkeley College student-athlete Aiyesha Brown was part of history this week, as the Berkeley College Women’s Basketball team captured its first Hudson Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (HVIAC) regular-season title. But the shooting guard, who has been a member of the basketball team since its inception in 2010, won’t be satisfied until the fledgling team has a National title under its belt.
“Coming into this season, one of our goals was to go undefeated in conference play. We’re definitely glad that we did it, but this is only a steppingstone to the top,” she said. “We want that National championship.”
The Berkeley College Knights will get their chance later this month, when United States Collegiate Athletic Association bids are determined on February 26. This weekend, the Knights set their sights on St. Joseph’s College, as they head into the HVIAC Tournament as the No. 1 overall seed.
The team’s perfect 6-0 record in league play is a far cry from its inaugural campaign. After putting together just a 2-17 record back in 2010-2011, the Knights experienced three consecutive winning seasons. But they also faced challenges, with fewer than 10 players competing consistently for four seasons.
Ms. Brown credits the team’s collective vision and spirited play with the Knights’ continued success.
“Last season, we made it all the way to the National championship with only six players,” said Ms. Brown of Jamaica in Queens, NY. “I watched a lot of players come and go because they doubted us. Although we fell short of being named National champions, we earned a lot of respect.”
Head Coach Sharod Tomlinson, who also has been with the team since its first season, agreed.
“The team’s accomplishments have been a testament to the hard work and dedication put forth by these student-athletes,” he said. “After falling in the semifinal game of the HVIAC Tournament a season ago, I feel this team came into this season extremely motivated, and that motivation has resulted in us playing terrific basketball.”
Berkeley will look to capture its first-ever HVIAC Tournament championship this weekend at the Wellness Center at The College of New Rochelle. The Knights will play their semifinal game Saturday evening against the Bears of St. Joseph’s College of Brooklyn. For more information on Berkeley College athletics, visit www.BerkeleyCollege.edu/athletics
A leader in providing career-focused education for more than 80 years, Berkeley College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and enrolls approximately 8,000 students — including more than 900 international students — in its Baccalaureate and Associate degree and Certificate programs. The College has three New York locations — Midtown Manhattan, Brooklyn and White Plains. In New Jersey there are six locations — Woodland Park, Paramus, Woodbridge, Newark, Clifton and Dover. Berkeley College Online® also offers full degree programs. Programs are offered in more than 20 career fields. The website address is www.BerkeleyCollege.edu.
Photo Caption: Sharod Tomlinson, Head Coach, Women’s Basketball, New York, presents a commemorative plaque to senior Aiyesha Brown of Jamaica in Queens, NY. After a successful season, Ms. Brown hopes to help the Knights win their first HVIAC Tournament title this weekend.
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