Pablo Balza, Sports Reporter
It didn’t take long for the Humber women’s basketball team to return to the win column.
The team bounced back from its Jan. 25 overtime loss, the only one of the season, by beating the Niagara Knights 95-55 on Thursday evening at the North campus Athletic Centre. The women closed January by averaging a league-leading 87 points a game.
Throughout the game, forward Miea Campbell-Johnson made her presence felt, achieving her second double-double of the season with 17 points and 13 rebounds, with two assists and two blocks.
Starting the first quarter, Humber had control in the early minutes as they built a 20-8 lead over the visiting 1-12 Knights. But Niagara pushed its way back into the game with a 13-4 run before ending the quarter.
Humber kept extending the lead by dominating both ends of the court and outscoring Niagara 23-7 in the second quarter. The Hawks defence was able to limit the Knights’ offense to only two baskets and seven points in the second.
Niagara only shot two-of-22 (9.1 per cent) from the field. On the other hand, the Hawks made nine-of-20 (45 per cent) in the quarter as Humber finished with an 18-point leading heading into half-time.
The Hawks launched the second half with a 15-4 run keeping the game out of reach for Niagara. Eight different Hawks scored 22 points in the quarter as they shot 10-of-18 (55.6 per cent).
As the lead continued to widen, the Hawks got help from their bench players to close the game, including Jessica Daniel, a fourth-year guard, who scored 15 points in the fourth quarter, a personal best.
“I mean, it was a slow start in the first quarter, and it was a little concerning, but as they understood where the opportunities came offensively and defensively, they performed better,” said head coach Ajay Sharma.
“For the next games, we just got to sharpen everything to execute the offensive and defensive plays well-executed,” he said.
Daniel agrees, saying there’s still room for improvement.
“I think we played good, but there’s a lot to improve such as our rebounding but overall we played a good game,” she said. “There’s more to achieve as coach said but it was a good game and we have to keep our heads up.”
The Hawks play their last home game Thursday against the Redeemer Royals on Feb. 6.