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12 Days of Christmas countdown #8: Women’s basketball Hurricanes nationally ranked

December 17, 2013

Our #8 moment takes us to the basketball court, where the women’s basketball Hurricanes have been strong so far this season.

Originally thought to be one of the best women’s basketball teams the school has seen, the Hurricanes have leapt out of the gate early. Following their only loss of the season to St. Thomas in Fredericton, the Hurricanes have rattled off five straight wins to finish their pre-Christmas schedule at 6-1, including a perfect 3-0 record at the Centre for Community Engagement.

Their strong start has put them a program-best ninth in the CCAA rankings heading into the Christmas break.

The Hurricanes have displayed a complete game at both ends of the floor to start the season; they have the ACAA’s second-best offence at over 70 points per game, but they also have the third-best defence, allowing about 51 points per game.

The Hurricanes have received outstanding contributions from their rookie class, including Ashley Moss, Jazlin Barker, Katiesha Brissett, and Menderia Smith, while veteran point guard Steph Hiltz continues to be Holland College’s primary offensive catalyst, ranking 14th in the CCAA with 15.8 points per game.

The Hurricanes showed just how competitive they are during their home-opening weekend by sweeping a pair of games against the Mount St. Vincent Mystics, a program with a history of being competitive both regionally and nationally.

The Hurricanes defeated the Mystics 72-61 on Nov. 16, and they followed up with a 72-63 victory the next day. Hiltz led the scoring with 26- and 29-point games, while Moss was dominant at both ends of the floor, posting a combined 27 points and 48 rebounds.

Check back here tomorrow as the Hurricanes unveil their #7 story from this season to date!

The Holland Hurricanes will be counting down the top 12moments from the 2013-14 season so far, beginning Friday, December 13th until the #1 moment is revealed on Christmas Eve on their website and Facebook page. Count down with us as we celebrate the Hurricanes successes as we enter 2014!

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