NO. R-126.  House concurrent resolution congratulating the 2002-2003 University of Vermont Catamounts Women’s basketball team.


Offered by:  Representatives Pugh of South Burlington, Tracy of Burlington, Wright of South Burlington, Adams of Hartland, Allaire of Rutland City, Amidon of Charlotte, Anderson of Woodstock, Aswad of Burlington, Atkins of Winooski, Audette of South Burlington, Bailey of Hyde Park, Baker of West Rutland, Bartlett of Dover, Bohi of Hartford, Bolduc of Barton, Bostic of St. Johnsbury, Botzow of Pownal, Branagan of Georgia, Brennan of Colchester, Brooks of Montpelier, Brown of Walden, Carey of Chester, Chen of Mendon, Clark of St. Johnsbury, Clark of Vergennes, Connell of Warren, Corcoran of Bennington, Crowley of West Rutland, Dakin of Colchester, Deen of Westminster, DePoy of Rutland City, Donaghy of Poultney, Donahue of Northfield, Donovan of Burlington, Dostis of Waterbury, Duffy of Rutland City, Dunsmore of Georgia, Edwards of Brattleboro, Emmons of Springfield, Endres of Milton, Errecart of Shelburne, Fallar of Tinmouth, Fisher of Lincoln, Flory of Pittsford, Freed of Dorset, French of Randolph, Gervais of Enosburg, Grad of Moretown, Haas of Rutland City, Head of South Burlington, Heath of Westford, Helm of Castleton, Hingtgen of Burlington, Howrigan of Fairfield, Hudson of Lyndon, Hummel of Underhill, Hunt of Essex, Jewett of Ripton, Johnson of Canaan, Keenan of St. Albans City, Kennedy of Chelsea, Keogh of Burlington, Ketchum of Bethel, Kiss of Burlington, Kitzmiller of Montpelier, Klein of East Montpelier, Koch of Barre Town, Krawczyk, A. of Bennington, Krawczyk, J. of Bennington, Larocque of Barnet, Larson of Burlington, LaVoie of Swanton, Lippert of Hinesburg, Livingston of Manchester, Maier of Middlebury, Marek of Newfane, Marron of Stowe, Martin of Springfield, Masland of Thetford, McAllister of Highgate, McCullough of Williston, McLaughlin of Royalton, Milkey of Brattleboro, Miller of Shaftsbury, Molloy of Arlington, Monti of Barre City, Morrissey of Bennington, Myers of Essex, Nease of Johnson, Nuovo of Middlebury, Obuchowski of Rockingham, O’Donnell of Vernon, Otterman of Topsham, Parent of St. Albans City, Partridge of Windham, Peaslee of Guildhall, Pelham of Calais, Perry of Richford, Peterson of Williston, Reese of Pomfret, Robinson of Richmond, Rodgers of Glover, Rusten of Halifax, Schiavone of Shelburne, Seibert of Norwich, Severance of Colchester, Shand of Weathersfield, Sharpe of Bristol, Shaw of Derby, Smith of New Haven, Smith of Morristown, Sunderland of Rutland Town, Sweeney of Colchester, Symington of Jericho, Towne of Berlin, Trombley of Grand Isle, Valliere of Barre City, Vincent of Waterbury, Webster of Randolph, Westman of Cambridge, Winters of Swanton, Winters of Williamstown, Young of Orwell and Zuckerman of Burlington.

Offered by:  Senator Condos of Chittenden County, Senator Leddy of Chittenden County, Senator Lyons of Chittenden County, Senator Miller of Chittenden County, Senator Munt of Chittenden County, Senator Snelling of Chittenden County, Senator Ayer of Addison County, Senator Bartlett of Lamoille County, Senator Bloomer of Rutland County, Senator Campbell of Windsor County, Senator Canns of Caledonia County, Senator Cummings of Washington County, Senator Doyle of Washington County, Senator Dunne of Windsor County, Senator Gander of Windham County, Senator Gossens of Addison County, Senator Greenwood of              Essex-Orleans County, Senator Illuzzi of Essex-Orleans County, Senator Kittell of Franklin County, Senator MacDonald of Orange County, Senator Maynard of Rutland County, Senator Mazza of Grand Isle County, Senator Mullin of Rutland County, Senator Scott of Washington County, Senator Sears of Bennington County, Senator Shepard of Bennington County, Senator Welch of Windsor County and Senator White of Windham County.

Whereas, the 2002-2003 University of Vermont (UVM) Catamounts women’s basketball team, best known as the Lady Cats, dribbled and shot a clear path to its second consecutive 20-win season, and

Whereas, the regular season ended in stupendous fashion with the Lady Cats overwhelming their opponents, S.U.N.Y. Stony Brook, 82-57, and

Whereas, the Lady Cats’ impressive 12-4 America East record merited a number two ranking in the conference’s postseason tournament, and

Whereas, in the tournament’s quarterfinal round, the outstanding play of UVM senior Morgan Hall, who scored a game-high 24 points, including dunking 14 out of 15 free throw shots into the basket, was essential in the Lady Cats’ 69-58 victory over the seventh ranked S.U.N.Y. Binghamton, and

Whereas, the team’s overall 94.3 percent free throw percentage in the game established a record for an America East women’s basketball championship tournament contest, and

Whereas, despite the Lady Cats’ 10-1 scoring spree late in the first period of the tournament’s semifinal game, the seventh‑ranked Boston University Terriers surpassed UVM 68-57, and

Whereas, the 2002-2003 Lady Cats have much to be proud of as Dawn Cressman and Morgan Hall combined for 87 career victories, the third‑highest total by a senior class in the school’s history, and both Morgan and junior, Aaron Yantzi, were named to the America East All-Conference team, and

Whereas, kudos are extended to 2002-2003 Lady Cats Theresa LaRocque, Danielle Sabourin, Dawn Cressman, Chrissy Battran, Aaron Yantzi, Ilze Zekite, Tricia Freeman, Lani Boardman, Tiffany Spinka, Katie McNamara, and Morgan Hall on their high caliber of play on the hardwood court, and

Whereas, head coach Keith Cieplicki and assistant coaches Jen Niebling and Matt Luneau provided splendid leadership at crucial moments throughout the 2002-2003 hoop campaign, now therefore be it




Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the 2002-2003 University of Vermont Catamounts women’s basketball team on completing an outstanding 21-8 season, and be it further

Resolved:  That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to University of Vermont President Dan Fogel, athletic director Richard Farnham, head coach Keith Cieplicki, and sports information director for women’s basketball Lisa Champagne.