The Humber Hawks women’s basketball team sit tied for first in the OCAA West division after cruising to an 85-61 win against Sheridan College on Nov. 15.
Sheridan games are circled in every Humber calendar when the schedule is released. No matter the sport, Humber-Sheridan games always bring extra intensity and promise to be a good match.
“We know it’s a big rivalry,” Hawks point guard Melissa Szilagyi said beforehand.
“We’re excited, we’re motivated and we know what we have to do,” said the 24-year-old Humber Print and Web Graphic Design student.
The fit and composed Hawks, with the support of the home crowd, started on the right foot, taking a 17-12 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Hawks defence stood its ground in the second quarter, only allowing Sheridan to net 14 points, while the Hawks scored 27, giving them an 18 point lead (44-26) at half time.
Head coach Ajay Sharma wanted his team to continue to go “hard to the net” in the second half, and they listened.
The Hawks pounced on their opportunities, while Sheridan’s lack of substitutes showed and they gave up 23 points in the third quarter, while only scoring 10.
Playmaking from point guard Ceejay Nofuente helped the Hawks gain 18 more points, but the Hawks eased off the pedal towards the end, allowing Sheridan 23 points in the fourth quarter.
The buzzer went off, and the Hawks secured bragging rights until these two sides meet again Feb. 6, extending their record this season to seven wins and one loss.
After the game, Sharma was pleased with the team’s performance.
“I thought the girls played really hard, and they executed our game plan, for the most part, close to perfect,” Sharma said.
Nofuente, 21, a Humber Recreation and Leisure student, said the team would build on its performance going forward.
“Don’t play down to their level, and just know mentally and physically that we’re better than everyone, and we need to play like we are,” she said.
The Hawks head on the road for their last two games of 2014, and then enjoy their winter break before stepping back on the court Jan. 9.