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Memorial’s first-team all-star leads Sea-Hawks into AUS quarter-final tonight

Memorial University post Ally Forsey (right) controls the ball in front of the Acadia Axewomen’s Abbey Duinker (11) during their Atlantic University Sport women’s basketball game in Wolfville, N.S., on Saturday. Forsey was named to the AUS 2011-12 first all-star team Thursday. — Photo by Jason Molloy/Transcontinental Media/Kings County Advertiser-Register

Ally Forsey thinks she may be double teamed in tonight’s AUS women’s basketball quarter-final opener against the St. Francis Xavier X-Women in Antigonish, N.S. and that’s fine with her.

The Sea-Hawks top scorer (sixth overall in the conference), Forsey expects a little extra attention in the playoffs and she said she will “need to be ready” for it.

“Hopefully, our girls will knock down threes and they won’t be able to do that,” she said with a smile before a practice earlier this week.

Forsey, a  six-foot-two fourth-year post, gave the X-Women all they could handle the last time the teams faced each other. She sank 39 points, pulled down 16 rebounds and had five blocks as the teams split a pair of games in mid-February at the Field House.

If the Sea-Hawks get past St. Francis, they will have to take on the first-place Acadia Axewomen in the semifinal.

Acadia beat MUN twice to end the regular season last weekend, but that doesn’t faze Forsey either.

She pointed out that Memorial came within four points of beating Acadia in the team’s final regular season game Sunday in Wolfville, N.S.

“Doug (coach Doug Partridge) played everyone in the second half of that game and we managed a comeback against their starters that just fell short,” noted Forsey who was selected a first-team conference all-star Thursday night.

The Lady Hawks will have to win three games in three days to capture the AUS crown, but the players feel it’s possible.

“Everyone thinks we can win,” said Forsey, who is looking forward to playing on the road.

“We’ve played some of our better games on the road this season,” she said.

“I’m excited about the opening game. I can’t wait. It should be a great atmosphere because we are playing the home team.”

Highly-touted coming out of Holy Heart of Mary High School, Forsey made an immediate impact, taking AUS rookie of the year honours and earning a spot on the all-rookie team in 2008-09.

She averaged 11.5 points-per-game in her first season and followed that up with 10.7 ppg in her sophomore year before improving to 14.2 ppg in her third year.

Partridge said Forsey has been a “monster” this season.

Forsey, who was a force on offence and defence, finished  with a 16.2 ppg average while placing second in rebounding (8.5 per game) and blocked shots with 27 in total.

“She’s always had good moves and footwork,” noted Partridge. “Now she’s attacking the rim and getting to the rim better.

“I think she’s the best post in the league and she’s playing at an extremely high level.

Forsey gets props from the opposition as well.

“She is one of the best post players in the country,” said St. Francis Xavier coach Matt Skinn.

“Her aggressiveness and rebounding give them a powerful inside threat.”

One thing is for sure, the student-athlete will have only basketball on her mind this weekend.

“I don’t have any exams or papers to complete,” said Forsey. 

“There’s nothing crazy going on in terms of my schedule, so I can really just focus on basketball,” she said.

Organizations: Field House.If, Mary High School

Geographic location: Acadia, Antigonish, Wolfville

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