SportsVarsityWomen’s basketball start season off right with four wins

ETC StaffNovember 11, 20196 min

Pablo Balza, Sports Reporter

Humber Hawks women’s basketball team wasn’t considered much of threat at the start of this season.

But with the team’s steamrolling start of 4-0 they jumped to 10th on the national rankings posted by the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association from the 24th spot.

They shot up the rankings ladder comes after the Nov. 6 win against Fashawne Falcons with a 86-81 win where point guard Felicia Velasquez recorded her first double-double of the season, with 13 points and 11 rebounds. That came with seven assists and steals each.

“It was a great performance by the girls,” said coach Ajay Sharma, who warns the season is far from over although “we got a lot to work with and to improve.”

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Guard Theresa Brown looking for a lay up despite Hawks guard Jahnae Gyles blocking Brown’s shot on Oct.29. (Pablo Balza)

The team kicked off the regular season Oct.18 with an 98-69 blow out win against the Royals at Redeemer. 

On Oct. 29, the Hawks beats the Bruins in a 72-70 overtime victory at Sheridan, and then dominated the Mountaineers with an 86-41 win on Nov. 2 at Mohawk.

At the Hawks and Bruins game, they started with an early lead during the first quarter a 12-2 run.

Humber’s defence was outstanding making the Bruins unable to score during the first five minutes. 

Throughout the first half, the Hawks’ offence was consistent, and the plays were well executed. The first half ended with Humber leading 42-29. 

Bruins’ Theresa Brown went off on a third quarter spree scoring 11 points, narrowing the Hawks’ lead to five points with 10 minutes remaining. She finished the game with a career high of 32 points.

The Bruins were down by three with two seconds left on the clock in the fourth quarter when Sheridan’s forward Tamya Rowe forced overtime with a buzzer beating three-pointer to tie the game at 72. 

Hawks guard Jahnae Gyles scored four points and shooting guard Amber Bechard made a crucial steal to assured them the win. 

Hawk’s guard Ivana Twumasi lead the team with 18 points and forward Miea Campbell-Johnson had 16 points. 

Sharma said he was happy with the team’s performance against the Bruins with the way they had carried out the defensive and offensive plays but, there is a lot to improve.

“There’s still a lot of games down the line and we need to get in better shape,” Sharma said. “I feel fatigue was a big issue tonight, we as a team have to get back in shape and build our bench better.” 

The women’s next game is in Niagara against the Knights on Nov. 14. Humber is back at home on Nov. 23. when they face Lambton College.