Nofuente breaks OCAA record, singlehandedly outscores Redeemer

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Eugenio Garro
Sports Reporter

Humber Hawks point guard Ceejay Nofuente is a one-person basketball team.

She almost singlehandedly outscored her opponent in a 92-66 wipe-out of the Redeemer Royals on Jan. 11, and rewrote the OCAA record books after hitting 13 three-pointers and finishing with 55-points.

Her final stat line against the Royals was an astonishing 55-points, 10 rebounds, four assists, one block and seven steals in about 35 minutes.

Nofuente alone outscored Redeemer in the second half 36-30.

The 13 three-point field goals are the most ever made in an OCAA women’s basketball game. She broke the record midway through the third-quarter.

“Honestly I was just shooting,” Nofuente said. “It was just the stroke, it just kept going and going but I didn’t know about the record.”

Janna Hagan of Durham College set the old record of nine three-pointers on Nov. 12, 2010, in a game against Centennial College. Kelly Killoran of Fleming tied Hagan’s record on Nov. 30, 2012, in a game against Durham. Killoran also holds the record for most three-point field goals in a season with 68.

It wasn’t until midway through the fourth-quarter that Nofuente took a pass and calmly stepped up and drained her last three-pointer of the game, which also gave her the record of 55 points.

“I knew the record was 54,” she said. “I looked at the scoreboard and saw I was at 40 and they [coaches] didn’t pull me off yet so I just figured they were just letting me do what I can do.”

Natasha Thombs of Seneca College held the previous record of 54-points. That record was set during the 2008-09 season.

Nofuente, a fourth-year recreation and leisure student, has improved with every game and was the biggest piece to the Hawks national championship win last year.

“If she’s not in our program I might have been fired by now,” said Hawks head coach Ajay Sharma. “I kid but I’m not kidding, that is how important she is to our program.”

Last season she was named the OCAA Women’s Basketball Player of the Year and was named an All-Canadian before making history by becoming the first OCAA women’s athlete to be named CCAA Player of the Year.

This year she is averaging just over 21-points, 9.4 rebounds, and 8.9 assists with 6.1 steals per game.

The five-foot-nine forward leads the Hawks in every category dating back to last season and is on pace to compete for the OCAA and CCAA’s top honours once again this year.

“It’s a record, people are always going to try and break it so you have to keep working hard,” said Nofuente.

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