2011-2012 HVWAC Basketball Championships

Tournament Champions

Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

After dropping a two-point decision to St. Joseph's in the regular season, the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences won a convincing 67-48 wire-to-wire victory to capture their second straight championship.  In the third straight meeting between the Panthers and Lady Bears for the title, Albany Pharmacy used a balanced offense that saw four starters score 14 points each and used their size advantage to maintain a 48-28 rebounding edge. The Panthers raced out to a 16-4 lead in the first eight minutes and never looked back, leading by as many as 20 midway through the second half.

Tournament Results


Thursday 2/16 at the College of New Rochelle
#3 Berkeley def. #6 Vaughn, 72-13
#4 New Rochelle def. #5 Yeshiva, 70-39


Saturday 2/18 at Albany College of Pharmacy
#1 St. Joseph's def. #4 New Rochelle, 65-45
#2 Albany Pharmacy def. #3 Berkeley, 63-77


Sunday 2/19 at Albany College of Pharmacy
#2 Albany Pharmacy def. #1 St. Joseph's, 67-48

Tournament MVP

Alyson Johnson  •  Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Senior • Forward • Malone, NY/Franklin Academy

Alyson Johnson was selected as the 2012 HVWAC Tournament Most Valuable Player.  The senior forward averaged 21.5 points and 7.0 rebounds for the tournament, pouring in a tournament-high 29 points helping to hold off Berkeley in the semifinal and added 14 points and nine rebounds in the championship. 

Coach of the Year

Susan Kern •  College of New Rochelle

College of New Rochelle head coach Susan Kern was selected by her peers as the 2011-2012 Coach of the Year.  In her second year at the helm of the Blue Angels, Kern squad saw a four-fold improvement, going from a two-win campaign last season to eight wins and a fourth place conference finish this season.