Hawks Let Win Slip Away Against Chesapeake
The College of Southern Maryland Hawks couldn't protect their impressive first-half performance from the Chesapeake College Skipjacks on January 7, as the Skipjacks came back to beat the Hawks 86-70.
According to the poll released on njcaa.org on December 18, 2018, the Hawks were facing the team ranked #17 in all of Division II NJCAA women's basketball in the Chesapeake Skipjacks.
The Hawks were able to build up a 10-point lead against the Skipjacks going into halftime with the score at 43-33. CSM sophomore guard Jennifer Nanosi played a big part in her team's early offense as she scored 21 of her team-high 23 points in the first half.
However, this momentum was quickly erased as the Skipjacks came out determined in the third quarter to change the direction of this game, outscoring the Hawks 27-6.
"That's one thing I preached at halftime, you can't have a slow third because they're that good," CSM head coach Ardell Jackson said. "You come out and have a slow third, they're gonna get back in the game."
Chesapeake's freshman guard Jahnaya Peterson scored 13 of the Skipjacks' 27 third-quarter points by herself. Peterson finished the game with 24 points as she went 10-16 from the floor.
Sophomore guard Amunique Newell had a solid stat line for Chesapeake as well with 21 points, eight rebounds, and five assists.
The Hawks bested the Skipjacks in nearly every category in the box score except for shooting. The Hawks as a team only made a third of their shots in the game, going 24-72 from the floor, compared to the Skipjacks' 42.2 field-goal percentage. Chesapeake also went 6-17 from beyond the arc while CSM went 4-18.
Coach Jackson continues to remain optimistic about his Hawks and their season going forward.
"This team [CSM] is the scariest team in MDJUCO to me because you never know what you're going to get night to night," coach Jackson said. "This team is capable of going on good win streaks, and I just want us to learn from these things and get us ready so once we hit MDJUCO tournament and then once we hit Region XX, we get on that roll when we need to get on that roll, because once playoffs start, that's when it counts."
Three Hawks had double-doubles in this game. Freshman point guard Amaya Yancey nearly had a triple-double with her 16 points, 12 rebounds, and nine assists. Sophomore guard Saundra Downs scored 11 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as well, while sophomore center Alexandra Allen contributed 10 points, 10 rebounds, and three blocks.
"This is good for us, to learn from this, playing against a ranked team and having a shot at knocking them off. We know what we're capable of," coach Jackson said. "We can beat anybody, we just gotta put it all together."
The Hawks are now 8-6 overall and 4-3 in the conference.