Sault College’s women’s basketball team got trounced — twice — by the Hawks over the weekend.
The visiting Cougars were outscored 135 to 80 in the two games on Feb. 1 and 2, and committed 46 turnovers as the Hawks unsheathed their talons, applying a mix of full and half court pressure.
After the games, Sault head coach Katie Hamilton said her team is young, inexperienced and stubborn.
“There is sort of a refusal to make adjustments on the fly, and it really came back to bite us in the butt today,” Hamilton said.
“This weekend was a step back, so we have to go back and regroup before we play at home next weekend.”
Hamilton added the team is three to four recruits away from earning a playoff position. Being eight hours away from civilization, she added, doesn’t help in building a championship team.
Hawks’ coach Ajay Sharma said he was pleased with his team’s intensity on defense during the weekend.
Natalie Hagopian, Saturday’s player of the game, scored 13 points to go along with four rebounds and three steals.
“Sault College isn’t the strongest team,” Hagopian said after Saturday’s 63-40 win. “It made it easier on our team and our coach says we should win every quarter and not quit just because we’re up.”
Sharma said the Hawks’ energy was good defensively and his team executed their assignments in the first game’s first half, but became sloppy in the second half.
He wanted more focus and more consistency in Sunday’s game and got it as the Hawks routed the Cougars 72-40. The team started strong and maintained its intensity for most of the game.
Aleena Domingo came away with player of the game honours on Sunday, scoring 14 points, eight boards and five assists.
“(Sunday’s) game was more about practice because I don’t know if it’s because they weren’t playing us well, but we slowed things down, moved the ball and it was overall a better game for us,” Domingo said.
Sharma says the expectation for the weekend was to use all of the players to give them a chance to play at home court.
“I also wanted to establish our defence, which was good both days. We tried a few things differently on defence and it worked out for us and I really wanted us to share the ball and I think we did that very well,” Sharma said.
Sharma says he needs Hagopian and Domingo to play well to win, and they have this season.
The Hawks’ were scheduled to tip off Feb.7 for an encounter with Redeemer College in Hamilton.