Sept. 19, 2012
Siena basketball standouts Bruce Schroder '92 and Val Higgins O'Dell '91 have been selected as Siena's representatives into the 2013 MAAC Basketball Hall of Fame Honor Roll. The pair will be inducted alongside 18 other MAAC basketball alumni on Friday, March 8 at the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass. as part of the MAAC Championship festivities.
"The Hall of Fame welcomes back the MAAC Men's and Women's Basketball Championships to Springfield," said John Doleva, President and CEO of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. "The Hall of Fame represents the best of the best in the game of basketball, and the MAAC's honorees are well represented in the conference exhibition. We congratulate this year's honorees and welcome them to the Basketball Hall of Fame and to Springfield, Massachusetts for the 2013 MAAC Basketball Championships."
Schroeder currently sits at 20th on the all-time Siena scoring list with 1,290 points. He made two postseason tournament appearances, including the victory over Stanford in the 1989 NCAA Tournament. Schroeder also excelled off the court, as he was named a National GTE First Team All-American as a senior in 1992. Schroeder was also named to the GTE District I Academic All-American after his junior year, and was awarded with an NCAA post-graduate scholarship. He helped guide Siena's 1990-91 MAAC regular season co-champions to the NIT in his junior year. During his senior season, Schroeder received Second Team All-MAAC honors. He was also named to the Great Alaska Shootout All-Tournament Team in 1990-91. He led the Saints to wins over Farleigh Dickinson and South Carolina, before a loss to UMass at the Knickerbocker Arena in the NIT. Schroeder's teams won two conference regular season championships and never finished lower than third place.
Higgins O'Dell is ranked 16th all-time on Siena's scoring chart, netting 1,137 points while wearing the Green and Gold. She still holds the individual single-game record for most field goals made (18) along with the second best point performance in a single game, netting 37 points in Siena's 70-69 win over Manhattan during her senior campaign. Higgins O'Dell is tied for 11th place in career rebounds, pulling down 682 caroms. Proficient in the classroom as well, she was named GTE District II Academic All-America and GTE Academic All-America, Second Team in 1991. Higgins O'Dell was a two-time member of the All-MAAC First Team was named the 1990-91 MAAC Player of the Year. She averaged 19.8 points during her 1990-91 MAAC Player of the Year season and stands fourth all-time in program history in field goal percentage (51.7%).
Dinny Cahill '75 and Liz Lops `94 were Siena's inaugural inductees last March.
"The tremendous response from the 2012 honorees of families last March, reinforced within the MAAC the value and honor of being associated with the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame with this event," notes Rich Ensor, Commissioner of the MAAC. "The 2013 class of honorees is deep in basketball success, and the conference membership looks forward to their induction in March into the MAAC Basketball Hall of Fame Honor Roll."
Each member institution of the MAAC will have one male and one female of its basketball alumni as part of the 2013 induction class. A private dinner event will be on Friday, March 8 at the Hall of Fame, where the honorees will be added to The MAAC Experience exhibit and receive special recognition from a Hall of Fame legend. Each honoree will be profiled in the game program for the 2013 MAAC Basketball Championships, and will also be featured in a video display at The MAAC Experience. The honorees will also be recognized at halftime of the #8 vs. #9 men's first round game set for 7:30 p.m. on Friday.