Women’s Basketball Rebounds to the Finish

Turnovers limit chance for win
Release Date:
December 5, 2009
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

HAMBURG, NY – For the first time this season, the Hilbert College women’s basketball team proved to themselves that they can compete against their Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) opponents. La Roche College visited the Hafner Recreation Center on December 5 for a 40-minute battle with the Hawks. Hilbert hurt themselves by committing too many turnovers throughout the contest and lost the game 86-70 to the Redhawks from Pittsburgh. Hilbert’s record stands at 0-8 (0-3 AMCC) while La Roche moves to 4-2 (2-1 AMCC).

La Roche jumped out to an 8-0 lead within the game’s first minute and fifteen seconds. Hilbert fought back and was able to get as close as 11-12 with 14 minutes left in the first half. La Roche went on a 23 – 7 run during the game's next four and a half minutes off 6 of Hilbert’s 19 first half turnovers. Intermission found La Roche taking a 49-34 lead to the locker room with 31 points being earned off Hilbert’s turnovers as well as La Roche’s 11 steals.   The Hawks outrebounded La Roche 25-24 and shot 50% from the floor. 
After regrouping at half time, the Hawks came back just as determined as before. La Roche was able to build the biggest lead of the game within the first 3 minutes of the second half (61-34) but Hilbert found ways to score and defend and whittled the lead down to 10 points on several occasions in the next 8 minutes.  The game finished out with both teams making multiple trips to the foul line as they each had two different players disqualified for fouls.
6’0 freshman Devin Davis (Waterbury, CT/Sacred Heart) had her first double-double of her collegiate career, finishing with 10 points and 16 rebounds to pair with her team-leading 5 assists. Julie Bossard (Arkport, NY/Canisteo-Greenwood) {in photo to right}shot 7-10 from the floor and was the Hawks leading scorer with 16 points and 2 blocks before fouling out. Freshman Amber Grosch (Depew, NY/Depew) also hit for 12 points and 8 rebounds. The Hawks finished the game outrebounding La Roche (52-48) and shooting 51% from the floor, both firsts for the program this year.
"Although we are not satisfied with the outcome, we are enjoying our progress," said Hilbert head coach Matt Phifer.  "We are starting  to become the team we feel we can be,"
The Redhawks were led by Chantelle Jennings with 27 points after hitting 9-9 from the foul line. La Roche’s point guard, Chloe Stewart followed closely behind with 23 points, 7 steals, 5 assists and 6 rebounds.
On Wednesday, December 9, the women’s basketball team will travel to North Buffalo for their 6 pm tip-off against Medaille College (5-1, 3-0 AMCC).

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.