CSM Soars Past Cecil to Fourth Straight Win
The College of Southern Maryland Hawks beat the Cecil College Seahawks 72-59 November 20 thanks to an early barrage of three-pointers and tough defense.
Sophomore Jennifer Nanosi exploded out of the gate for CSM, scoring the team's first 11 points with three 3-pointers and two free-throws. Nanosi hit another 3-pointer before the quarter was over to help CSM jump out to a 24-6 lead.
Nanosi and freshman Chanelle Hayes both earned double-doubles from their play; Nanosi scored 21 points - thanks to her red-hot 6-7 shooting from behind the arc - and grabbed 10 rebounds, while Hayes finished 18 points and 12 rebounds. Freshman Amaya Yancey nearly had a triple-double after recording 18 points, 9 assists, and 9 rebounds.
CSM's defensive play is what allowed them to work well on the offensive side of the floor. Stifling full-court pressure from the Hawks forced Cecil into several rushed passes and disorganized offense.
"Our defense dictates our offense, so if we're playing really good defense then that's when we can get out in transition and run," head coach Ardell Jackson said. The Hawks had 13 steals and caused 17 turnovers in the game.
Cecil's Kayla Thompson tried to claw the Seahawks out of their early hole, but CSM's interior defense did well to keep her from scoring easy buckets in the paint, making her earn her points from the free-throw line.
CSM was able to hold off a strong push from the Seahawks in the fourth quarter, letting Cecil get only as close as 11 points before pulling away in the last few minutes. The Hawks matched Cecil's energy and went back to what allowed them to gain their lead to start the game, employing full-court pressure and capitalizing on turnovers.
"Our biggest thing is keep improving. We demand a lot out of them, we want to try to keep pushing them so they can reach their full potential. We just gotta continue to get better," Jackson said.
CSM will look to improve upon their four-game winning streak and 5-2 record when they face 3-2 Frederick Community College Wednesday, November 28 at 5 p.m.