By Adam Fornwalt
Hagerstown, Md. – The Harford women's basketball team were victorious in the opening round of the Maryland Junior College Conference Tournament, downing the College of Southern Maryland Hawks 75-46, Thursday night at Hagerstown Community College.
Fighting Owls guard Alexus King led all scorers with 16 points, while Dahnye Redd chipped in her 11 points and 17 rebounds to earn her 25th double-double of the season.
Harford improves to 27-1 with the win, while Southern Maryland falls to 12-11.
How It Happened
Both teams would get off to a slow start on offense, making just seven of their 30 shots from the floor in the opening quarter. The game turned quickly in Harford's favor in the second, with King's nine points guiding the Fighting Owls to a 38-14 lead at the half.
Harford continued to keep Southern Maryland's attack at bay in the second half, limiting the Hawks to 3-of-13 shooting in the third and 4-of-17 in the fourth to earn the win.
"It was great to get this first win under our belts," said Harford head coach Mike Seney. "Credit to Southern Maryland, who forced us into a few turnovers early. Credit to them for their feistiness all game. For our next game, we have to play better against a tough Frederick team."
- Shawkina Mulazim led the team with four steals and two blocks while contributing five points.
- Alexus King topped all players with four assists.
- Harford outrebounded the Hawks, 59-38.
- The Fighting Owls scored 27 points off of Southern Maryland turnovers.
- Harford led for all but 81 second of the contest.
- Four players finished with at least 10 points for Southern Maryland, led by Jennifer Nanosi's 12.
Harford moves on to the semifinals this Saturday, where they will take on Frederick at 3 p.m.
The No. 5 Cougars defeated No.4 CCBC-Catonsville 89-85 in overtime on Thursday.