Late Run Too Late For Hawks Against MAC

Release Date:
February 11, 2012
The Office of Sports Information
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CRESSON, PA – The second-half surge by the Hawks occurred too late in the game as Hilbert lost a 77-58 Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference game to Mount Aloysius College (MAC) in women’s basketball February 11. Hilbert out-scored the Mounties in the final stanza, but the large first half deficit and MAC’s bench depth was too much for the Hawks to overcome. Jenah Labuski led all scorers with 18 points as Hilbert dropped to 2-14 (3-20 overall).

After two lead changes and one tie in the first five minutes of the game, Mount Aloysius went on several mini-runs allowing them to take a 47-24 half time lead to the locker room.  With balanced scoring by the Mounties, Lindsy Sammarco’s led with 13 points off the bench.Sarah Lorusso led six Hawks in scoring with nine points, followed by Labuski’s eight. 

Hilbert played even and actually outscored the hosts in the second period of the game. The Hawks regrouped and improved their shooting percentage to 46.2 percent after shooting 25 percent in the first half. After MAC built their largest lead of the game at 11:02, Hilbert finished on a 21-6 run to end the game. Natalie Whitman and Jessica Jamison combined for 13 of the team’s final points of the half.

Mount Aloysius held a 19-rebound advantage with a lopsided 21-8 victory on the offensive glass. Twelve of the 14 MAC players scored and were credited with rebounds as the Mounties deep bench was credited with the victory.

Whitman chipped in 14 points (7 rebounds) and Lorusso canned 11 points (four assists) after limited first-half minutes due to foul trouble. Tiana Cheasman led the Hawks with eight rebounds and two steals from the point guard slot.

Earning the game’s only double double, Kaylee Keagy scored 12 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for MAC. Sammarco was held scoreless after intermission but still owed game-high honors with her 13 first-half points.

Hilbert heads into their last games of the 2011-12 season this week. They host Pitt-Bradford February 15 and Penn State Altoona, February 18. Julie Bossard, the Hawks’ lone senior will be honored prior to the 4pm tip this Saturday.

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.