Cheasman Earns Double-Double In Loss to MAC

Release Date:
January 14, 2012
The Office of Sports Information
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HAMBURG, NY – After playing to a 28-28 half time score, Hilbert surrendered a 13-0 run to Mount Aloysius to open the second half en route to a 66-53 Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference loss January 14.  Hilbert’s Tiana Cheasman {in photo to right} earned her first double-double scoring 15 points and grabbing 13 rebounds as the Hawks drop to 2-6 (2-12). Ali Maruca willed the Mounties  to their road victory with her 17 points, nine rebounds, five assists and game high five steals.

Each team went on mini-runs during the first half of play where there were six lead changes and two ties. With 0:25 on the clock, Natalie Whitman scored a layup creating a third tie of the half which sent both teams to their locker rooms knotted at 28. Mount Aloysius out-rebounded the Hawks 34-25 with 13 on the offensive glass, but the Mounties didn’t take advantage of that hard work. Both teams earned only 5 points off 2nd  chance points yet Hilbert outscored the Mounties 14-6 in the paint.

Maruca had a hand in 11 of Mount Aloysius’ opening 13 points to start the second half. She scored six points and dished for three assists on the other scores. That opening seven minutes of play is what did Hilbert in down the stretch.  Missed free throws by Hilbert allowed the visitors to extend their lead to as many as 19 points with just over four minutes left.  To their credit, Hilbert did not stop playing and continued to work for good shots in an effort to turn the game around.

For the game, Hilbert outshot Mount Aloysius (4-4, 6-8) from the floor (33.9% to 26%) and had 10 block shots, but they committed too many turnovers and missed too many foul shots (9-25) to have a chance to win the contest.

Lindsy Sammarco and Erica Matko earn double figures with 11 and 10 points each. Supplying scoring power for Hilbert was Whitman’s 10 points (3 blocks).

The women’s basketball team travels to Pitt-Bradford January 16 for an 8pm tip. The Panthers (3-5, 5-10) are coming off a loss at home to league leading La Roche January 14.


Hilbert College, located in suburban Hamburg, N.Y., south of Buffalo, is a private four-year college founded in 1957 in the Catholic Franciscan tradition. With nearly 1,100 students, Hilbert is a dynamic Western New York college that offers career-focused majors, including one of the top criminal justice programs in the region, and more than 50 minors and concentrations. The college’s engaging, student-centered campus community offers numerous leadership, internship, and service learning opportunities from which students launch successful careers while making positive changes in their communities. The Hilbert Blueprint promotes a well-rounded student experience over four years – starting with the Foundations Seminar in the freshman year, followed by Sophomore Service, Junior Symposium, and culminating with the Senior Capstone. Hilbert has expanded its academic offerings with the college’s first graduate programs and new Accelerated Degree Programs geared to adult learners.