CSM Hawks Subdue Thomas Nelson Gators
The College of Southern Maryland Hawks topped the Thomas Nelson Community College Gators on December 8 by a score of 71-45 for their seventh win of the season.
The Hawks' offense came alive in the second half thanks to their defensive play. CSM's interior defense didn't allow Thomas Nelson to get clean looks at the basket from up close, and the Gators couldn't get good shots off from behind the 3-point line.
That enabled the Hawks to settle into their offensive gameplan. CSM's defense limited the Gators to just 19 points in the second half, while the Hawks were able to put up 45.
"We needed that defense to rev up. Once we ramped it up defensively, it was an easier game for us," CSM head coach Ardell Jackson said.
CSM was able to grab some momentum before halftime with a stellar defensive play by freshman point guard Maurizia Gianan. After shooting two free-throws for a misconduct foul called on a CSM player, Thomas Nelson had to inbound the ball on the sideline in their backcourt. On the inbounds pass, Gianan read the play perfectly, anticipating the timing of the pass and which Gator it was going to, cleanly intercepting the ball for an uncontested breakaway for a layup that brought the CSM home crowd roaring to their feet.
Coach Jackson said Gianan making that play "helped boost her defense even more, and it helped get us fired up to finish this game strong." Gianan was awarded her first start of the season for her hard work in practice.
Freshman point guard Amaya Yancey posted another triple-double with 25 points, 11 rebounds, and 12 assists. Sophomore guard Jennifer Nanosi had 15 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists, and 4 steals. Freshman forward Chanelle Hayes scored 10 points and grabbed 8 rebounds.
Yancey and Nanosi rank first and second, respectively, in the conference in 3-point shooting percentage. Yancey is making 64.7 percent of her shots from beyond the arc with Nanosi right behind her at 59.6 percent. No other player in the conference is shooting better than 44 percent from behind the 3-point line.
The Hawks' next competition will be against conference foe CCBC Catonsville Cardinals on December 12 at 5 p.m. in La Plata, Md.