© — Photo by Keith Gosse/The Telegram
MUN’s player Kelia Pond drives the lane against a University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds defender during the team’s Atlantic University Sport Conference basketball game Saturday night at the MUN Field House. Pond led the Lady Hawks to a 60-52 win with a 23-point effort.
Strong bench effort helps MUN gain eight points, tie for 2nd in AUS conference
Memorial Sea-Hawks rookie Sydney Stewart admits she’s not used to coming off the bench, but it’s no big deal as long as the team wins.
The London, Ont., native sank 12 points and pulled down eight rebounds to help the Lady Hawks defeat the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds 63-49 Sunday to complete a two-game sweep.
Memorial (5-5) beat UNB 60-52 Saturday night at the Field House.
The eight-point gain vaulted MUN into a second-place tie in the Atlantic University Sport (AUS) conference standings with the Cape Breton Capers on 16 points each. The Saint Mary’s Huskies lead the league with a 12-0 record for 30 points.
Stewart, a native of London, Ont., said she was always a starter in high school, “so it’s new for me to come off the bench, but I’m learning a ton from (coach) Doug (Partridge) and the girls.”
Stewart said it was a “real big deal” for MUN to get the eight points this weekend.
There isn’t one standout scorer on the Sea-Hawks this season and Stewart said that simply means they have to play well as a team.
“If we don’t play as a team, we fall apart,” she added.
Stewart also admitted she started slowly this season, but has picked up her game and is working on her shot making.
“For now,” she added, “I think I’m just doing OK.”
Stewart said her coach expects her to “drive and drive and play a lot of good defence. That’s what he wants and that’s what I try to give each game.”
However, at only 5-9 Stewart was surprised Partridge wants her to post up.
“That’s also a little new for me,” she said with a smile. “But I’m doing my best for what he gives me.”
Megan Robinson had a strong game in leading MUN Sunday with 17 points. Chante Clarke chipped in with 10 points off the bench.
MUN was clutch from the free throw line in the final six minutes of Sunday’s game, going seven-for-seven (17-20 overall), while the visitors were perfect on the day from the charity stripe, going 15-for 15.
Kelia Pond, playing her best basketball of the season in recent weeks, led MUN with 23 points, three rebounds and three assists in Saturday’s win.
Sandra Amoah netted 11 points, one more than Clarke.
MUN hits the road next weekend for two games against the St. Francis Xavier X-Women in Antigonish, N.S.
Memorial 63, UNB 49
Megan Robinson (17), Sydney Stewart (12), Chante Clarke (10)
Laura Kaye (12)
UNB 47; MUN 31
MUN 35; UNB 22.4
MUN 17-20; UNB 15-14
UNB 4-13; MUN 4-17
MUN 25; UNB 15
Memorial 60, UNB 52
Kelia Pond (23), Sandra Amoah (11), Chante Clarke (10)
Awo Farah (13)
MUN 34; UNB 40
MUN 30.9; UNB 36.5
MUN 13-17; UNB 5-10
UNB 1-8; MUN 5-16
MUN 14; UNB 16