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Women break OCAA record with 68 straight wins

Ed Hitchins
Sports Editor

Humber women’s Hawks reached new heights by setting an OCAA record with 68 consecutive wins.

The first place basketball team took care of business Wednesday night by clipping the wings of the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) Eagles by a score of 94-54.

The win breaks the record total for OCAA victories, one more than Algonquin, who held the previous record of 67 consecutive victories from 2011 to 2015, and the three-time provincial champs haven’t lost an OCAA match since 2014.

The Hawks’ raced to a 19-5 run early in the first quarter and never trailed. Forward Aleena Domingo scored 22 points and had 10 rebounds. Star Point Guard CeeJay Nofuente earned the rare quadruple-double, with 15 points, 13 rebounds, 12 steals and 11 assists.

Despite the impressive numbers, head coach Ajay Sharma wasn’t overly happy with his team’s performance and still thinks there were some jitters there.

“We didn’t play well in transition,” Sharma said. “We were able to let them score a few points off of perimeter shots because of our lapses on transition defence.

“I think we were too wrapped up in continuing the streak,” he said.

Nofuente seemed to agree with her coach.

“There was pressure on us, but at the same time we’re still trying to get our jitters out,” Nofuente said. “With a new team, we’re still trying to figure out how they are.”

UTM, playing in its debut season in the OCAA, seemed to rattle Humber at times with its perimeter shooting. They shot 30 per cent from the floor and 25 per cent from the three-point zone.

 

Despite their ability to shake up the Hawks, the Eagles never got closer than the 22-point gap they trailed at the end of the first quarter, 30-8.

However, Eagles assistant coach Shannon Bartley was quick to praise her team going forward.

“We knew it was going to be hard game,” Bartley said. “The Hawks’ scored a lot of points on the fast break and we expected that.”

She said the Eagles played at a higher intensity to the expected play by the Hawks.

“We played at a high level because we knew how they were going to push the ball,” Bartley said. “I told our girls, the way we played against Humber,

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