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Hilbert women earn first win, behind senior leader Whitman

GETTING POSITION —Hilbert’s Natalie Whitman gets position in the paint . Photo courtesy of Hilbert College.
The Hilbert College women’s basketball team hit the win column in its third game of the season, defeating Penn State DuBois 75 – 61.

Senior forward Natalie Whitman led the way with 10 points and 16 rebounds, while freshman Haley Oakes chipped in 12 points and five boards. Sophomore forward Courtney Coots added 11 points and six rebounds.

In the guard position for Hilbert, sophomore Kylie Reinholz contributed 10 points and three assists, as well as junior Amber Hay’s swiping four steals and passing for three assists. Sophomore Lauren Eggleston supplied six rebounds and two steals and classmate Wyann Jackson added 7 points and four rebounds.

The Hawks have nine returning players this season. Among them is the 5-foot-11 Whitman, who was a Third Team All-Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference selection a season ago. Last year, she led the team with 13.6 points per game, a 41.5 field goal percentage, and nailed 70 percent from the free throw line.She also led the Hawks with 8.8 rebounds per game, in 32 minutes of play.

A loaded junior class includes Jenah Labuski, a 5-foot-8 junior, who is a contributor on the perimeter and was second on the team in shots taken, as well as leading the team in blocks (22), while averaging 7 points and 4.3 rebounds, and Kateland Ball, a 5-foot-6 guard and captain, who should continue to be a contributor with her hustle and leadership, according to the team. Ball played in all 25 games and averaged 19 minutes per contest, while distributing 42 assists.

Transfers Hay, from Erie Community College, and Reinholz, from Buffalo State, should see significant playing time.

Reinholz, an Orchard park native, come off an All-AMCC cross-country season.

Also for Hilbert, Coots finished last season as a starter and led the Hawks in three-point shooting (.340) and averaged 6.2 points and 3.6 rebounds.

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