Mohawk women fail to stop Thunderbird’s cagey sharpshooter

The Mohawk women dropped their opening game 61-44 to Algoma and it was a case of too much Danielle D’Ettore. Much too much.

It’s a mid-court collision in OCAA women’s basketball. (Photo: Ron Bernardo)

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D’Ettore scored 41 points for the Thunderbirds and with Lara Stilin adding 10, they alone were enough to dispatch the Mountaineers in Ontario Colleges Athletic Association play on Friday night. In fact four other Algoma players shared the other 10 points.

Mohawk coach Kelly Dunham admitted D’Ettore killed her side. “But at the same time, we let her,” said Dunham. “We didn’t do our job the way we’re supposed to (when it comes to) playing against the post. We have a lot of defensive work to do.”

The Mountaineers also missed a lot of shots and the coach said they didn’t take good shots, either. They also committed a large number of fouls. Algoma went to the line 41 times compared to Mohawk’s 16 and scored 12 more free points than the Mountaineers. But Dunham noted the team also did many good things and it’s a long season. Lisa Marie Iavarone led Mohawk with 12 points and Rachel Boyce added six.

The Mountaineers next action is Wednesday (Nov. 1) when they accompany the men’s squad to Mott College in Flint, Mich. for an exhibition test.