Lady Hawks drop two to No.1 ranked Huskies

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MUN shoots under 25 per cent on the weekend

Given their history, things will undoubtably get better for Memorial Sea-Hawks women’s basketball team.
They can’t get much worse after the beating the Lady Hawks took at the hands of Saint Mary’s Huskies in Atlantic University Sport (AUS) play during the weekend at the Field House.

The MUN Sea-Hawks’ Katherine Vanden Elzen tries to block Saint Mary’s University Huskies’ guard Becky Nash during the teams’ Atlantic University Sport conference match Saturday night at the Field House. At right is MUN’s Chante Clarke. The Lady-Hawks lost this game (70-44) and were thumped again in Sunday’s rematch, falling 81-57.

The number one team in Canada ran roughshod over the timid Sea-Hawks who played all weekend as if they’ve forgotten how to shoot the ball. Memorial shot 21 per cent in a 70-44 loss Sunday and 27.3 per cent in an 81-57 defeat Saturday.

The Sea-Hawks’ Sandra Amoah, who netted seven points with 11 rebounds Sunday, said she didn’t think the weekend would be so tough.

“We came out hard in practice hoping we could compete really hard against the Huskies. We know we’re going to get them next time after Christmas.”

Amoah said the team’s dismal shooting is a concern which she believes can be addressed in practice,” she said.

She admitted it may take more time for the team that includes eight rookies to gel.

“We’re working hard and the connection will be there. It’s just a matter of time,” she added.

Amoah twisted her ankle with 6:47 to play in the second quarter and limped off the floor. She returned to the court four minutes later with no obvious problem.

“I got it taped and it should be all right for next weekend’s games (against Cape Breton),” she said.

Despite the two big loses, MUN coach Doug Partridge, who looked very upset and frustrated for most of the weekend, was still able to crack a joke after Sunday’s game.

“I guess we won’t be ranked number one this week,” he said with a laugh.

“Offensively, it was a disappointment,” he noted.

“We’ve shot the ball better than that in the pre-season, so to come here and go two-for-29 from three-point range over the two games is a big disappointment,” said Partridge. Their starting five is as good as I’ve ever seen in this league.”

One big worry for Partridge has to be the poor play of Kelia Pond, the team’s only fourth-year.

Pond went two-for-23, including 0-9 from three-point range, in the two games and looked totally out of sync.

This has to be a concern to Partridge as Pond was being looked at for consistent points this season in the wake of the Lady Hawks losing five of their top six scorers from last year.

All Partridge would say about Pond was, “She needs to play better,” which is an understatement.

“As a fourth year, she needs to be our leading scorer. Yeah, it’s a concern,” he finally admitted.

In Saturday’s loss, St. John’s native Emily Jameson, who played four years with the Sea-Hawks but is playing her final AUS season with the Huskies, helped her new team with 10 points, three rebounds and three steals. Rachelle Coward led SMU with 23 points.

Sandra Amoah was tops for Memorial with 14 points and 12 rebounds.

jbrowne@thetelegram.com

Geographic location: Canada, Cape Breton

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