Hawks Hit by Greensburg

Pre-season team-to-beat too much right now
Release Date:
November 24, 2009
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

GREENSBURG, PA – The Hilbert College women’s basketball team got off the bus focused in Greensburg, PA to play the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference’s pre-season poll’s ‘team-to-beat’ on November 24th. That play-with-a-purpose concept was evident the first thirteen minutes of the contest, but as the game played on, the Bobcats were too much for the Hawks to handle. The end result was a 109-46 loss for Hilbert whose record drops to 0-6 (0-1 AMCC). The University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg women move to 2-1 (1-0 AMCC).

Hilbert started the game fast and held onto the lead for the game’s first 13 minutes.  The largest lead the Hawks had was 11 points just 3 minutes and 7 seconds into the game. Both teams traded baskets for the next several possessions, with Greensburg chipping away to a 2 point deficit as the game progressed. Yet the Hawks built their lead back up to 9 points with just under 10 minutes left in half. From that point on though, the Hawks went cold scoring only 2 buckets and 2 free throws (7 points) compared to the 33-point run by Greensburg. The half time score was 50-33 with Hilbert shooting 44% (12-27; 4-10 3pt) from the floor. The second 20 minutes were night and day for the Hawks as they shot a dismal 19% (6-32; 0-11 3pt) compared to Greensburg’s 56% field goal percentage. Greensburg went on to score 56 second half points while the Hawks struggled to score 13 points.
Freshman Devin Davis (Waterbury, CT/Sacred Heart) led the Hawks with 14 points and 1 block. Sophomore forward Julie Bossard (Arkport, NY/Canisteo-Greenwood) contributed with 13 points, 6 rebounds and 1 block as well. Ten players got quality playing time with 10 of the 12 players getting into the scoring column.
Pitt Greensburg was, as expected, led in scoring by senior forward Kelsey Wilcox, the preseason Player of the Year (voted by the AMCC coaches) with 25 points (10-12 FG) and 12 rebounds in 18 minutes of play.
Hilbert coach Matt Phifer felt his team was “ready to play, but they need to be able to play 40 minutes of basketball, not just 13 minutes. Our coaching staff was pleased with the efforts to start the game against the type of team Greensburg is. We are young and we will continue to improve.”
After they take a few days off for the Thanksgiving holiday, the Hawks will be back at it again on Saturday, November 28th when they host Alfred University at 2 pm.

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.