Lady-Hawks expecting tougher X-Women

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MUN’s Kelia Pond puts up a shot for two of her 23 points in last Saturday’s game against the UNB Varsity Reds at the Field House. The Goulds product now leads the Lady Hawks in scoring with 10.5 points-per-game.

MUN opens second half of season in Antigonish

Memorial Sea-Hawks women’s basketball coach Doug Partridge is expecting a tougher test this weekend against St. Francis Xavier University.
The 5-5 Lady Hawks take on the 4-7  X-Women in a pair of Atlantic University Sport (AUS) games  in Antigonish, N.S.

The Sea-Hawks defeated St. FX twice in November at the Field House, but the double win came with a caveat.

“It’s important to remember,” said Partridge, “that when we played them in November, Vanessa Pickard, a former first-team all star was injured and Kolbi Roper an all-star from last year was playing with a displaced rib.

“They are a better team now then they were then,” noted the MUN mentor.

Pickard is fourth in AUS scoring with 16.4 points-per-game, just behind teammate Lia St. Pierre at 16 .7 ppg.

One key for victory, as always, says Partridge, is how well Memorial plays defence, regardless of how the X-Women’s roster looks.

The low-scoring Lady Hawks are known almost exclusively for their defensive abilities these days.

“We will need to continue our run of excellent defense. If we can play defense at a high level, then we can create an opportunity to grind them down and give ourselves a chance to win,” Partridge said.

“Our depth has to be a key as well,” said Partridge. “It will be two interesting games.”

In the meantime, fourth-year Kelia Pond seems to have turned her season around with a couple of strong games the past few weeks for Memorial.

“Even her bad games now are eight or 10 points,” said Partridge, adding, “her good games are starting to get up into the 20s.”

Pond sank 23 points in a 60-52 win over UNB last Saturday at the Field House and had a 16-point game during the split with the Acadia Axewomen two weeks ago.

She’s now MUN’s top scorer with a 10.5 points-per-game average, good enough for 13th place in the conference.

Teammate Megan Robinson follows at 10.3 ppg., and Sandra Amoah has a 9.9 ppg. average.

jbrowne@thetelegram.com

Organizations: Field House

Geographic location: Antigonish

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