Championship, record-setting scorers highlight
2004-05 basketball season at Albany College of Pharmacy
ALBANY, N.Y. (March 17, 2005) – A second straight conference championship and two record-setting scorers highlighted the 2004-05 men’s and women’s basketball seasons at Albany College of Pharmacy, according to Athletic Director Packy McGraw.
Led by forward Randi Maurer (West Leyden, N.Y.), who became the school’s career women’s scoring leader in January, ACP rolled to its second consecutive Northern Independence Conference tournament title. The Panthers (17-5) finished a perfect 6-0 in the league to capture their first regular-season title. They beat Clinton Community College 70-59 in the conference final Feb. 18, repeating as tournament champions.
It was the first time since 1985-86 (Northeastern Athletic Conference) that ACP won back-to-back conference titles in women’s basketball. The Panthers are 51-15 over the last three seasons under coach Rich Jones.
Randi Maurer, a fourth-year player whose sister, Jessica, completed her fifth and final season, became just the third woman in school history to top 1,000 points. Her 421 points were the second-highest single-season total in school history, and she surpassed Rita Leighton’s career mark of 1,166 points (1981-86). She averaged a team-leading 20 points for the season and with one season left has 1,356 career points.
Five members of the ACP women’s team earned all-conference honors, led by Randi Maurer, the conference MVP. Center Jessica Maurer (West Leyden, N.Y.), forward Pam Leonardi (New Milford, N.J.) and guard Sarah Gruber (Danvers, Mass.) earned first-team honors. Guard Amber Jillson (Whitehall, N.Y.) was named to the second team. Gruber, a two-time NIC all-conference selection in soccer, also received the NIC’s Student-Athlete Award for the second consecutive season.
For the men, Kevin Mocerine (East Greenbush, N.Y.) became the 16th member of ACP’s 1,000-point club and finished his five-year career with 1,306 points, 11th-best in school history. Mocerine earned second-team NIC honors, the third consecutive year he has received all-conference recognition. He led the Panthers (6-17) in scoring at 14.8 points per game.
“We are proud of the achievements of all of our student-athletes,” McGraw said. “The special recognition earned by these individuals, and the success of our women’s basketball program, highlight the dedication and hard work these individuals put in to succeed on and off the court.”
Founded in 1881, Albany College of Pharmacy is the oldest pharmacy school in New York state and one of the only private, independent pharmacy schools in the United States. The college has a long history of serving its students and health care professionals as one of the premier pharmacy colleges in the nation. The college now enters a new era in health care with a focus not only on pharmacy, but also on pharmaceutical sciences, biomedical technology and research. The college offers intercollegiate athletic competition for men and women in basketball and soccer.