Hawks Fall to Spartans

Release Date:
January 8, 2009
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

The Hilbert College women’s basketball team fell to D’Youville College 67-50 on Thursday evening (January 8, 2009). With the setback the Hawks fall to 0-11 on the season.

Despite the loss the Hawks played their strongest game of the season. The Hawks led 7-2 at the 15:58 mark of the first half. Freshmen Mary Zinni (Batavia, NY/Batavia), Kaitlyn Wetzel (Ripon, WI/Ripon) and Julie Bossard (Arkport, NY/Canisteo-Greenwood) each hit jump shots to give the Hawks the lead. Hilbert pushed the lead to 10-4 with 10:40 remaining in the half. That 6 point advantage was the Hawk’s largest lead that late in the first half the whole season. From the opening tip, the Hawks played with a sense of confidence and continuity that they have not played with yet this season.

D’Youville would go on a 29-7 run over the remainder of the half to take a 33-17 lead at the half.

In the second half, the Hawks would again show determination as they would not buckle under the Spartan pressure. With the Spartans leading 57-28, the Hawks would reel off a 21-5 run over 9:08 to cut the lead to 13, which was the smallest deficit the Hawks have faced in the second half this season.

Hilbert played energized defense against the Spartans forcing 26 turnovers, which the Hawks converted to 23 points.

Wetzel led the Hawks in scoring with a career-high 18 points and 8 rebounds on the evening. Zinni chipped in with 15 points and 5 boards. Bossard scored 10 points for Hilbert, giving the Hawks three double-digit scorers for the first time this season.

The Hawks return to action January 10, at Mount Aloysius College, with tip time set for 1 p.m.

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.