Women’s b-ball commanding in exhibition play

Tyler Henn
Sports Reporter

The way the Humber women’s basketball team annihilated George Brown in an exhibition game Oct. 7, it looks like the Hawks will have complete control of their game this season.

The lady Hawks were fourth best in Canada last year, number one among Ontario colleges. They want to shoot for a better result this season.

Cassandra Nofuente, starting point guard, initiated an eight quick points from tipoff, followed by a seven point run. The eventful first quarter ended with Humber on top 30-11.

The second and third quarters were synonymous as they scored 58 while only allowing 19.

The Hawks smothered the Huskies the entire game forcing them to take either low-percentage shots quickly, or to drive to the hoop only to get blocked. On offense Humber was never predictable with a healthy mix of points in the paints and behind the arc.

Despite the 98-39 win over the Hapless Huskies, head coach Ajay Sharma was humble.

“It’s still early. We are still trying to figure out what people can do for us, we’re still trying to figure out some of our systems,” he said.

The team had a stint on the road with three exhibition games in North Bay before Oct. 7. In each game up north, Humber’s defence got better and better. Friday allowing 56 points against Algoma, Saturday only 55 against Bishop, and a stingy 39 against the University of Nipissing.

“If we are 100 per cent healthy, then yes we are better than last year’s team,” Sharma said. They suffered a heartbreaking loss in a bronze medal game, a memory the returning players are surely using for motivation. “There’s have a lot of pieces on the bench that we can plug in, and they know how to play.

“We’re back on the court (Oct. 8) and we are going to clean up some stuff, work on us, executing our stuff, and learning it better.” Sharma said. No rest for the wicked it seems, the wickedly awesome, that is. After practice on Thursday they have games during the weekend in Montreal against what Coach Sharma hails as “some of the best competition in the country.”

Humber travels to Quebec where they will play the Vanier Cheetahs, the Champlain Cavaliers, and the defending national champion Montmorency Nomads.

These next three games are the last exhibition games these Hawks will have before the season starts, and will be the measuring stick to see what potentially lies ahead for them.

They play their first season game at Lambton College in Sarnia, and don’t play their first home game until Jan. 2.

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