© — Photo courtesy Acadia Sports Information
Memorial University women’s basketball guard Megan Robinson carries the ball down the court under pressure from Acadia’s Maya Macatumpag during the teams’ Atlantic University Sport Conference game against in Wolfville, N.S. over the weekend. MUN took Saturday’s opener 65-50, but lost Sunday’s rematch 56-50.
MUN men’s team drops two to Acadia
The Memorial Sea-Hawks women’s basketball team split a pair of games against Acadia Axewomen in Atlantic University Sport (AUS) play during the weekend in Wolfville, N.S., while MUN men lost twice to the Axemen.
The Lady Hawks (3-5) fell 56-50 to the Axewomen Sunday after beating the host squad 65-50 Saturday.
Sandra Amoah led MUN Sunday with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Megan Robinson netted 13 points and rookie Sydney Ezekiel sank seven.
MUN struggled from thee-point range, going 4-31.
Kelia Pond paced the Lady Hawks Saturday with 16 points. Ezekiel scored 14 and Chante Clarke scored 13 off the bench. Robinson chipped in with eight points.
“We easily could have won both games,” said Lady Hawks coach Doug Partridge, “but we missed some open shots (Sunday).”
Still, Partridge said he was pleased with his team’s overall performance during the weekend.
“We played solid defence and we did pick up four points which keeps us in the fight for the playoffs.”
Acadia defeated Memorial 94-63 Sunday after taking a hard-fought 75-70 win over the visitors Saturday.
Vasilije Curcic and Alpa Kisusi each netted 13 points for MUN Sunday as the Sea-Hawks fell to 0-8 on the season.
Kieran Hawksley added nine, one more than Jacob Ranton. Rookie Daniel Foo scored seven.
Saturday’s loss was a tough one to swallow for the young Sea-Hawks who gave the first–place Axemen all they could handle.
Ranton, a rookie, gave the underdog Sea-Hawks a nine-point lead on a three-pointer with 7:30 left to play in the game, but they couldn’t hang on.
Davion Parnsalu, MUN’s outstanding rookie, led the team with 18 points, three steals, three assists and four rebounds.
Caleb Gould sank 12 with six rebounds. Curcic scored 12 points with eight boards. Foo, a rookie, sank 11 points off the bench.
Meanwhile, according to coach Benoite, the Sea-Hawks will have “one significant change” to the team’s lineup in the new year.
Third-year wing Ryan Wood of St. John’s is no longer with the team.
Wood has decided to focus on academics and “take more time for himself.”
“It’s disappointing,” Benoite told The Telegram, “because Ryan was playing well for us. “
“But,” he added, “it will give the opportunity for other guys to step up and take on a bigger role.”
The Sea-Hawks men’s and women’s teams play host to the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds this weekend at the Field House.
UNB women are in last place on a 3-6 record, while the men’s Varsity Reds squad is 7-2.