Athletics Update – Dec. 18

Hawks Basketball Teams Ranked Nationally; Rogers leads D3 in double-doubles

HAMBURG, N.Y. – The Hilbert College men’s and women’s basketball programs are off to great starts this season, and even though the college is preparing for the Christmas holiday break, one has to wonder if the groove the Hawks are in will continue after the break.

Coach Rob deGrandpre, who has taken the men’s basketball program to five-straight post-season tournaments with a 98-48 win/loss record since the 2010-11 season, has his team right where they need to be at this point in the season.  The 9-1 Hawks sit atop the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference with victories over Medaille, D’Youville, Mount Aloysius and Franciscan.  Hilbert captured their own Tip-Off Tournament and have scored 90+ points in four of the ten contests.

As a team, the Hawks are ranked as one of the top 50 teams (out of 415 ranked) in 17 different statistical categories in the December 16th NCAA Division III National Ranking Summary.  Hilbert’s 101 steals place them in the 9th spot and they hold onto #19 in two other categories (160 assists and 46 blocks).

Individually, senior Jerame Owens is ranked in 14 different categories (out of 200 ranked players) – nine in the top 100, with his highest rank (19) for 24 steals.  Senior Sean Weisansal notched a spot in seven categories and sits at #52 with 19 steals.  Sophomore Jalen Smith shot his way to five spots, four of which fall into the 3-point field goals category and his final related to his 14 steals.

Hilbert is leading the AMCC in scoring (87.3 ppg), field goal percentage (49.7%), free throw makes (170) and blocks (4.6 bpg).

When they return to action in early January, the Hawks (9-1, 4-0 AMCC) will host Pitt-Bradford (2-5, 1-2 AMCC), La Roche (3-6, 3-1 AMCC), and Penn State Altoona (1-6, 0-4 AMCC) all in the first week.

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Coach Melissa Graham, in her rookie head coaching campaign, has guided the women’s basketball program to their best start, ever, since the Hawks became a Division III program in the early 90’s.  The 6-4 team sits in a second-place tie at 3-1 with wins over Medaille, D’Youville and Franciscan.  The Hawks dropped their AMCC contest to Mount Aloysius, whom they share 2nd place with and they fell in a triple overtime defeat at Houghton.

As a team, the Hawks are ranked in the top 50 teams (out of 420 ranked) in nine different statistical categories in the December 13th NCAA Division III National Ranking Summary (thru only nine games).  Hilbert’s Defensive Rebounds Per Game (35 drpg) position them at #3 in the country and they grabbed the sixth spot in Rebound margin with a positive 14.3 rebound margin.  The women’s team is also ranked #13 in Field Goal Percentage Defensive as they have held their opponents to 30.2% shooting from the floor.

Individually, sophomore Shannon Rogers is ranked in 11 different categories (out of 200 ranked players) – seven in the top 100 and of those seven, three are in the top 10.  Rogers currently leads the entire Division III league (#1) with 10 double-doubles having earned several double-digit points and rebounds even by half time.   She is ranked #2 in Defensive Rebounds Per Game and #7 in total Rebounds.  Freshman Katelyn Proy appears in ten categories, with eight in the top 50. Her 3.67 Block Shots Per Game rank her at #10. Sophomore Kelsi Ebert claims a pair of spots with her 28 assists pitting her at 188 rank.  And junior Emily Speidel‘s 17,760 minutes place her at 138.

Hilbert leads the AMCC in Defensive Rebounding (34.7), Rebounding (49.6) and is one of three teams to lead the league with five blocks per game.

When they return to action in early January, the Hawks (6-4, 3-1 AMCC) will host Pitt-Bradford (6-3, 2-1 AMCC), the league leaders – La Roche (6-2, 4-0 AMCC), and Penn State Altoona (2-5, 2-2 AMCC) all in the first week.

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