Women's Basketball Beats Franciscan

Release Date:
January 7, 2012
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333


STEUBENVILLE, OH – Riding Natalie Whitman’s game high 24 points, the Hilbert women’s basketball team grabbed their first win of the season in a 67-54 road conference game January 7. The Hawks (1-4, 1-10) had three players reach double figures while shooting a season best field goal percentage in their second game of the New Year. With the win, Hilbert moves to a four-way tie for 7th place in league standings.

Hilbert took the game’s first lead 24 seconds into the contest, but Franciscan went on a 9-0 run to take their largest lead of the day at 17:45. When Sarah Lorusso laid a shot in at the buzzer, the Hawks took a 28-26 intermission advantage. After a back and forth battle, with both teams building momentum in the second half, Hilbert finally took hold of the game with 7:13 left and held on for the 13-point victory.

Hilbert’s improved shooting percentage was the game changer as their 41% field goal percentage outshined Franciscan’s 28.6%. 

Whitman, in her second game for Hilbert, shot the game’s best 10 for 16 from the floor to earn her season high scoring performance. Lorusso netted 13 points (5 assists) and Jenah Labuski chipped in 12 points (7 rebounds) for Hilbert. Huck Lacey led the Lady Barons with 16 points with a supportive 13 points from Hannah FlanaganAmy O’Keefe led both squads with 11 rebounds (5 offensive).

Hilbert traveled to Altoona, PA after the game and will play at Penn State Altoona January 8 (4pm).

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.