Nazareth Downs Hawks in Opener

Release Date:
November 15, 2008
The Office of Sports Information
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The Hilbert College women’s basketball team opened their season at Nazareth College on Saturday afternoon, November 15. The Hawks fell to the host Golden Flyers by a score of 70-32.

Nazareth built a 4-0 lead on Hilbert in the game’s opening two minutes, but the Hawks Jackie Pienkowski (Buffalo, NY/Holy Angels Academy) got the Hawks on the board with a free throw.

However Nazareth would go on to outscore the Hawks 32-13 over the rest of the first half, to lead 36-14 at the half.

Nazareth would open the second stanza with a 17-0 of the first 5:24 of the half, before Pienkowski again connected from the foul line.

The Hawks committed 24 turnovers but forced just 8 Golden Flyer errors.

The Leading scorer for Hilbert was freshman Mary Zinni (Batavia, NY/Batavia High School) who scored 8 points, on 2-8 from the floor, in her first collegiate outing. Freshman Kaitlyn Wetzel (Ripon, WI/Ripon High School) and Pienkowski each scored 7 points for Hilbert. Both players shot 2-9 for the game.

Sophomore Amanda Dudek (Tonawanda, NY/Tonawanda High School) grabbed 9 rebounds to lead the Hawks. Dudek also scored 4 points and dished out 2 assists for Hilbert.

“We played a much better second half, once we settled down,” said head coach Kara Rehbaum. We need to take better care of the basketball and work on our shot selection, but those areas will improve as we get more comfortable running our offensive sets.”

The Hawks return to action Nov. 21-22 at the Saint John Fisher Tournament. The Hawks will play the host Cardinals in the first round.

Hilbert College, located in suburban Hamburg, N.Y., south of Buffalo, is a private four-year college founded in 1957 in the Catholic Franciscan tradition. With nearly 1,100 students, Hilbert is a dynamic Western New York college that offers career-focused majors, including one of the top criminal justice programs in the region, and more than 50 minors and concentrations. The college’s engaging, student-centered campus community offers numerous leadership, internship, and service learning opportunities from which students launch successful careers while making positive changes in their communities. The Hilbert Blueprint promotes a well-rounded student experience over four years – starting with the Foundations Seminar in the freshman year, followed by Sophomore Service, Junior Symposium, and culminating with the Senior Capstone. Hilbert has expanded its academic offerings with the college’s first graduate programs and new Accelerated Degree Programs geared to adult learners.