Looking to avenge their previous loss, the Hawks’ women’s basketball team went head-to-head with No. 17 Delta College at home on Feb. 1.
The Hawks struggled early and often as they put in their lowest point total of the season.
Freshman center Jennifer Lysaght missed five free throws that would have put the Hawks up early before the first timeout was called at the 9:54 mark in the first half.
The Hawks still managed to keep it close only trailing 12-10 as Delta couldn’t buy a basket of their own.
Careless turnovers by the Hawks led to easy points for Delta and the deficit started to become bigger and bigger.
Missed layups didn’t help their cause and Delta started to pull away before halftime. They scored eight straight on a 12-1 run to close the half in large part to standout freshman guard, Lisa Valentine, who connected on back-to-back three pointers.
“That pretty much sums it up,” said Head Coach Coral Sage. “That pretty much sums up the game.”
The Hawks found themselves down 34-20 at halftime and it didn’t get any better to start the second half.
Delta scored seven straight points coming out of halftime which left the Hawks looking for answers on how to stop Valentine and the Delta offense.
“Our game plan was to just not let her shoot threes and try and get over screens because all they do is screen for her,” said Hawks freshman guard Jade Sowell-Hundon.
Things started to look up for the Hawks as they countered with six straight points of their own cutting the lead to 26-41, which forced Delta to call a timeout at the 14:48 mark in the second half.
However, Valentine continued her hot shooting and the Hawks continued their sluggish play.
Delta had their biggest lead at 54-33 with 7:06 left in the game and maintained their 21-point lead for the rest of the game.
62-41 was the final as Delta secured their second win against the Hawks this season.
“That’s kind of been our achilles heel past couple games,” Sage said. “Turning the ball over so much.”
Sowell-Hundon led the Hawks with 12 points.
“Our goal is to make free throws and layups and thats how we are supposed to win games,” she said.
The Hawks are losers of four out of their last five games and look to bounce back versus Modest JC on Feb. 5.
“The only way we can go is up from here.” Sowell-Hundon said.