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Albany Pharmacy women corral Mustangs, pick up 78-62 win

ALBANY, N.Y. – Host Albany College of Pharmacy women’s basketball shot nearly 44 percent from the floor Thursday night with Kelly VanValkenburgh netting a game high 26 points to lead ACP to the 78-62 non-conference victory over Morrisville State College in Albany.

Albany raced out to a 39-25 halftime lead, fueled by 16 points from VanValkenburgh and didn’t look back as they increased their lead to as many as 19 in the second half, to maintain the edge over the Mustangs for the win.

Three additional players netted double figures for ACP, Alex Oaks tallied 14 points and 10 rebounds, while teammates Katie McCormack and Jen Bechard each contributed 10. McCormack turned in a double-double performance, adding 12 boards to her tallies.

Morrisville State’s Tekesha Hanson (Queens, NY) recorded her first collegiate double-double, netting 23 points and snaring 12 boards, to lead the Mustangs. Hanson also had a team-high seven steals on the night.

Thelma Picardo (Queens, NY) added 15 points and seven boards while Dyana Williams (Buffalo, NY) chipped in nine points to go along with nine rebounds. Irena Longworth (Galway, NY) led the Mustangs on the boards, grabbing 14 rebounds.

Morrisville State (1-5) returns to the court Sunday, hosting the College of St. Elizabeth at 1 p.m. in the John W. Stewart Center for Student Activities gymnasium on the Morrisville State campus.

Morrisville State College offers more than 80 bachelor and associate degrees and options. Considered to be one of the most technologically advanced colleges in the nation for its ThinkPad University program and wireless technology initiative, the college recently became the first in the nation to comprehensively replace landlines in residence halls with individual cellular phones. Morrisville State College was also chosen as one of the top five colleges in the nation for campus activities by Campus Activities magazine.

The Morrisville State College Norwich Campus offers associate degree programs in accounting, business, computer systems technology, office administration, liberal arts transfer, nursing, early childhood, criminal justice and human services to south central New York residents and employers. Students may also apply coursework to other associate or bachelor degrees at the main campus.