MUN, visiting Cape Breton playing two four-point games this weekend
Memorial centre Ally Forsey, has a 16.6 points-per-game average (left), shown in a team practice, helped by her 23 points in the Sea-Hawks' last game. - Telegram file photo
Last weekend, the Memorial Sea-Hawks women's basketball team proved they can recover, fight back and win.
Those are qualities which may help them play better down the line, especially when push comes to shove in the post season.
The Sea-Hawks (6-2) take on the Cape Breton Capers (3-4) in a pair of Atlantic University Sport (AUS) games this weekend in Sydney, N.S.
MUN is coming off a pair of wins against Dalhousie Tigers at the Field House. The second-place Sea-Hawks, who are two points out of first, beat Dal 85-68 Saturday and completed the sweep with an 85-83 victory Sunday.
"I thought we played a real good game on Saturday night," coach Doug Partridge said.
"I thought we did a lot of good things, We were solid. We controlled the outcome."
In contrast, Partridge said the Sea-Hawks didn't have any energy at the start of Sunday's game as they fell behind by 12 points at the half.
"Defensively, we couldn't get to the right spots. We couldn't stop thier (Dal) players from doing what they wanted to do."
MUN trailed by 14 after the third quarter, "and it just didn't look like was our day."
Then, according to Partridge, the visitors made "a little mistake" by going to a zone defence.
"That let our shooters get free and once we hit a couple of threes, I turned to my assistant coach (Nathan Agnew) and said, 'It's on.' I was confident we could make a comeback.
"They thought they could put us away in the zone, but we got loose and started making more treys," said Partridge, whose team finished with 10 three-pointers, half of them coming in the fourth quarter.
"Once we hit a couple of those threes, they (the Tigers) had to spread out and when they did that, Ally (post Ally Forsey) wrecked them in the paint."
Forsey, who has a 16.6 points-per-game aver age, had a game-high 23 points with 10 rebounds.
"The good part is that it was the opposite to the game (earlier this season) against Saint Mary's (when) we fell behind by 10 or 12 points and totally fell part as a team," said Partridge.
Partridge expects it will be difficult task taking on the Capers, and he'll be looking for a share of the eight points up for grabs in a pair of four-point games.
Capers' coach Fabian McKenzie admits this season "has been a struggle" so far.
"Part of it can be the time needed to blend in new players, but most of it is related to injuries," he explained.
"I don't want to make excuses," the Capers veteran mentor added, "but we have been snake-bitten this year.
"Our starting post player missed parts of the first half of the season with mono. We have one player out for the season and four others playing hurt right now, including Vicki (Thistle)," he said referring to the former Sea-Hawks star, who is nursing a foot injury.
CBU is coming off a 66-56 defeat to St. Francis Xavier X-Women Wednesday night, the Capers' third straight loss.
Thistle played 15 minutes without registering a point. She had one rebound.
McKenzie, like Partridge, expects a tough series this weekend.
"They (MUN) are one of the top teams in this league and have some very talented players.
"My goal," he added, "is to get through the weekend without losing any more players. If we could steal a few points that would be a bonus.
"If our luck keeps going the way it has been, we might switch our home games to the emergency ward at the local hospital," he joked about the team's injury problems.
AUS WOMEN'S HOOPS STANDINGS
Team GP W L Pts
Saint Mary's 9 8 1 22
Memorial 8 6 2 20
Acadia 6 5 1 16
St. FX 8 4 4 8
Dalhousie 7 2 5 6
Cape Breton 8 3 5 6
UNB 8 2 6 4
UPEI 8 1 7 2
Note: Some games are worth 4 points
Next MUN games
Jan. 14, Memorial at Cape Breton
Jan. 15, Memorial at Cepe Breton