By Andy Redding
The Humber women’s basketball team battered the Bruins last Friday night at Sheridan College, almost doubling up Sheridan in points.
The 71-36 wipe out was indicative of the concentration Humber has in the final stretch of the season before the OCAA championship.
“Every practice is another day, and that’s another day we lose until the season is done,” said Humber point guard Ceejay Nofuente after the game in Oakville. “We’re focused and motivated every time we step on the court.”
With the OCAA provincial finals less than a month away, Humber is trying to concentrate on the little things that have got them to where they are today, said team captain Mary Asare.
“We need to get better and improve on things so when it comes to the big show we’re ready,” she said.
Sitting in a tie atop the west division standings with Mohawk College, the Hawks are trying to stay focused on finishing out the season strong, said Asare.
“We’re taking it day by day,” she said. “We’re not thinking of the championship before the season’s done, but we’re definitely preparing for it.”
If both Humber and Mohawk win their next games, they’ll play on Feb. 20 with the west division title on the line.
“We’re still playing for something, we’re not even looking towards the OCAA’s,” said Humber head coach Ajay Sharma. “We’re looking towards winning the division first if we can, and that’ll more than likely be determined at the Mohawk game on Feb. 20.”
In order to win the division, the Humber Hawks will rely heavily on Nofuente, as they did against Sheridan last Friday. She dropped 21 points, including 11 in the first three minutes of the game.
Nofuente, who is less than a year removed from ACL (knee ligament) surgery, saw limited minutes in the game despite her strong performance.
“The knee is getting better every day, so I’m just trying to work on it and improve it,” said Nofuente.
The Hawks received strong post play throughout the game as Sheridan had no answer for power forward Ruth Holland down low. She recorded 14 points and eight rebounds in the victory.
The Hawks got off to a hot start, taking an 18 point lead early in the first half, but let that lead slip to nine points by half time due to some poor execution and defence, said Sharma.
“We checked out mentally for a bit,” he said. “It was a combination of taking bad shots and putting them on the foul line too much.”
Humber will look to tighten up the defence in its two remaining regular season games before they head into the post-season, which begins on March 5.