On their way to a win over Fanshawe College, the Humber Hawks women’s basketball team got an unlikely scoring boost from first year guard Erin O’Brien.
O’Brien, who has been nicknamed “The Diaper Dandy,” by her teammates, stepped up to the plate, coming off the bench with nine points and a rebound in a 52-49 victory over the Falcons on Jan. 22.
“It was actually pretty amazing to watch (her play),” said Ajay Sharma, the Hawks head coach. “(Erin) doesn’t play a lot, and when we are healthy we don’t usually have the minutes for her.”
O’Brien didn’t have a spot ready made for her on the team. Instead, she was a walk-on, making the team during the tryout process.
The youngest member of the team, hence the nickname, provided a huge spark for the team, said Sharma.
“She came in the game poised and knocked down three deep shots and got our girls really excited,” said Sharma. “She’s kind of the little sister the girls look after.”
Teammate Courtney Boyes said O’Brien stepped up and hit some key shots that changed the momentum of the game and boosted their confidence.
“I don’t get a lot of playing time, so I thought it was my time to show them what I can do and help the team out when we were down a few players,” O’Brien said.
The Hawks limped into London to take on the Hawks, with a number of injuries contributing to O’Brien getting the call at all.
Teammate Mary Asare said watching O’Brien knock down shots ignited the rest of the offense. Asare led the team with 14 points, six boards and five assists.
O’Brien said she’s more confident and looking to carry it forward throughout the season, and hopefully into the playoffs.
Now, the Hawks are tasked with taking their momentum from the Jan. 22 showdown and using it in their back-to-back with Sault College on starting Feb. 1.
“If our injury situation doesn’t change much then I’m really going to focus on getting the girls that we do have in better shape to prepare for . . . the OCAA Tournament,” Sharma said.