The College of New Rochelle Wins Women's Basketball Championship

The College of New Rochelle Wins Women's Basketball Championship

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. –The College of New Rochelle held off a late comeback attempt from St. Joseph's College for a 62-47 victory in the championship game of the 2014 Hudson Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Conference women's basketball tournament on Sunday afternoon at the CNR Wellness Center.

New Rochelle (16-9, 4-2) captures their first league basketball title in school history, defeating defending league champions St. Joseph's (15-11, 4-2). Jah-Leah Ellis was named tournament MVP posting a 12-point, 10-rebound double-double in the championship after scoring 20 points with 25 rebounds in the semifinals. Jasmine Brandon also recorded a double-double with 14 points and 14 rebounds.

In one of the tightest seasons in league history – with New Rochelle, St. Joseph's and Albany Pharmacy finishing in a three-way tie for second place – St. Joseph's knocked off undefeated regular season champion Berkeley in the semifinal round and New Rochelle withstood a late comeback attempt from Albany Pharmacy in the other semifinal to advance to their first title game.

In the championship, the Blue Angels limited the Lady Bears to just 21 percent shooting (6-29) and took control of the game with an 11-0 run, building a 12-point advantage before leading 25-17 headed into the lockers.

St. Joseph's would find their range in the second stanza improving to a 50 percent connect rate (15-30) and mounted a second-half comeback, but just like their semifinal win over Albany Pharmacy, the Blue Angels fought off a comeback attempt with a late run. After the Lady Bears shrank the deficit to one, 42-41, with under five minutes to play, the Blue Angels responded with a 14-2 run to build their largest lead of the game nearing the final minute of play.

St. Joseph's was led by Megan Moran (Syosset, N.Y.) and Taylor Raccuglia (Brooklyn, N.Y.) who finished with 10 points each.

In ceremonies concluding the championship, Berkeley College head coach Sharod Tomlinson and Yeshiva University head coach were named the 2013-14 Co-Coaches of the Year.

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2014 HVIAC Women's Basketball Championships


Saturday, February 15, 2014
at The College of New Rochelle 

#4 St. Joseph's def. #1 Berkeley, 73-59
#3 New Rochelle def. #2 Albany Pharmacy, 63-53


Sunday, February 16, 2014
at The College of New Rochelle

#3 New Rochelle def. #4 St. Joseph's, 62-47

Tournament Champions

The College of New Rochelle

Tournament Runner-Up

St. Joseph's College

Regular Season Champions

Berkeley College

Tournament MVP

Jah-Leah Ellis, New Rochelle - Jr. - Forward 


2013-14 Co-Coaches of the Year

Sharod Tomlinson, Berkeley College
Nesta Felix, Yeshiva University 

2013-14 All-Conference Team

Jasmine Brandon * New Rochelle So. C Jersey City, NJ
Aiyesha Brown * Berkeley Sr. G Jamaica, NY
Aiysha Dunlap Vaughn Fr. C Amityville, NY
Jah-Leah Ellis New Rochelle Jr. F Harlem, NY
Milan Germany * Berkeley Jr. F Bronx, NY
Stephanie Greenberg Yeshiva Jr. G Cedarhurst, NY
Kelsey Johnson $ Albany Pharmacy Sr. C Malone, NY
Kelly McNamee ** St. Joseph's Sr. G Glendale, NY
Megan Moran St. Joseph's Sr. F Syosset, NY
Alyssa Pechin % New Rochelle Jr. G Yonkers, NY
Taylor Raccuglia

St. Joseph's

Jr. F Brooklyn, NY
Alexa Schooley * Albany Pharmacy Jr. F Auburn, NY
Sophie Simunek King's Jr. F Cincinnati, OH
Taylor Sullivan * Albany Pharmacy Jr. F Troy, NY
Janay Thomas % Berkeley Jr. G Queens, NY

* Denotes 2012-13 All-Conference Team Selection
** Denotes 2011-12 and 2012-13 All-Conference Team Selection 
% Denotes 2011-12 All-Conference Team Selection 
$ Denotes 2010-11 All-Conference Team Selection 


Past Champions

  • 2013: St. Joseph's
  • 2012: Albany Pharmacy
  • 2011: Albany Pharmacy
  • 2010: St. Joseph's
  • 2009: St. Elizabeth's
  • 2008: Mount Saint Vincent
  • 2007: Mount Saint Vincent
  • 2006: St. Joseph's
  • 2005: Mount Saint Vincent
  • 2004: Purchase