Hawks Can't Withstand Storm from Louisburg Hurricanes
The College of Southern Maryland Hawks couldn't stop the 3-point shots from the Louisburg College Hurricanes from raining down on them as the Hurricanes defeated the Hawks on January 5 by a score of 80-71.
Coming into this game, Louisburg ranked in the top five in several major offensive categories in Division II NJCAA women's basketball according to njcaa.org. They ranked first in 3-point percentage (50.7 percent), second in field-goal percentage (53.1 percent), second in field goals made per game (35.2), second in fewest turnovers per game (5.7), and fifth in points per game (88.8). In Saturday's game, the Hawks held the Hurricanes under most of those marks except for 3-point shooting, as Louisburg went 12-22 from beyond the arc (54.5 percent).
"Louisburg's a tough team," CSM head coach Ardell Jackson said. "They got shooters, they got girls that can hit shots, so you give them credit for hitting the big shots. I think our girls did a good job of putting a hand up and making them take tough threes, and they just knocked down some really tough threes tonight."
Five Hurricanes players scored in double digits. Sophomore guard Ameera McClain led the Hurricanes in scoring with 19 points, going 7-15 from the floor and 5-8 from behind the 3-point line. Sophomore guard Harmony Davidson added 15 points on her 6-10 shooting performance. Freshman guard Caleah Smith posted a double-double off the bench with 14 points and 10 rebounds as she went 4-6 from 3-point range.
Sophomore guard Jennifer Nanosi led the Hawks in scoring with 27 points, shooting 8-17 from the floor and 6-10 from behind the 3-point line. Freshman point guard Amaya Yancey and sophomore guard Saundra Downs both received double-doubles for their work in Saturday's game; Yancey scored 17 points and made 11 assists while Downs had 13 points and 10 rebounds. Downs also had six steals in the game. Sophomore center Alexandra Allen was a big defensive presence for the Hawks, as she contributed eight points, nine rebounds, and five blocks.
"This was a good test for our team, to see where we were," coach Jackson said. "This was a great game for me as a coach and for the team, but also I just love coaching this game. These girls really played with their heart and soul and put it all out there tonight."
CSM did not play any games or in any holiday tournaments over the holiday break like some other schools, which did not allow them to keep their momentum from before the break going. However, they did win the night before this game against Prince George's Community College by a score of 63-45.
"It's just getting back that groove, getting back that rhythm, and once we get the rhythm back, I think we'll be fine," coach Jackson said.
CSM's record after this loss now stands at 8-5 overall and 4-2 in the conference. The Hawks are now 7th in the conference standings.