The Hawks women’s basketball team found ways to get better as a team — even with a perfect win-loss record — in order to excel in a male dominated sport.
This year, the team was filled with more motivated players wanting nothing but to win and medal in nationals, said Humber head coach Ajay Sharma.
The team shattered the OCAA all time regular season scoring record this year.
The Hawks went into their game against Niagara 11 points away from the 1999 record of 1,393 points scored in a regular season.
Humber had an amazing performance against Niagara, setting the record at 1,450 points scored in a regular season.
Breaking the record feels good but that’s not what it was about, said the Hawk’s point guard Ceejay Nofuente.
This record was not the goal for the Humber Hawks.
It was all about the championship and this year they had to win, said Humber’s power forward Llyanda Kerr.
Last year, the team did not medal at the national championships.
This year, they made history medaling in the national championships for the first time.
The team posted a 21-0 season, averaging more than 80 points a game with a 41 per cent field goal success rate.
They dominated under the basket with a 53.5 per cent rebound average and a 27 per cent 3 pointers success rate.
No one stood between them and national gold.
It was a huge accomplishment for the Hawks, but it kind of just happened with all the work they’ve been putting in, Kerr said.
The Hawks had a perfect season this year, winning all of their games while the men’s team went 12-and-8.
This is huge for female sports, Kerr said. It shows they can compete on a level equal to men in a male dominated sport, she said.
The Hawks had more chemistry this year and more mature basketball knowledge, she said.
Sharma had girls from last year’s roster playing bigger roles this year and they worked hard to achieve their goals.
The Hawks intend on recruiting more talent to add to this record-breaking team to accomplish bigger and better things, he said.
This season set the bar very high for the future.