Lady Hawks need to work on offence
Memorial Sea-Hawks basketball coach Peter Benoite believes that as long as there are enough points still available, there’s no reason to give up hope.
Vasilije Curcic leads the Memorial Sea-Hawks in scoring with a 16.5 points-per-game average for fourth place in the AUS. — Telegram file photo
MUN is 1-13, but there are still 20 points up for grabs over the remaining six regular season Atlantic University Sport (AUS) games. The games today and Sunday against the 3-11 Dalhousie Tigers in Halifax are four pointers, for example.
“We’ve seen improvement week-to-week this year, and for sure I would like to build on this past weekend and keep things moving forward.
“We feel we are right there. We just need to take care of business down the stretch in games.
“There’s no real issue with our effort and desire right now,” added Benoite. “I believe that’s exactly where it needs to be. We just need better execution of our defensive fundamentals, and better discipline on both ends.”
Defence is the area that still concerns Benoite.
“I’d like to see us fix some of the things we are doing defensively. We are having a number of false reads on defence that’s allowing teams to score at critical times.
“If we can fix those reads, I think we’ll fair better at the end of games,” he said.
As far as this weekend’s opposition is concerned, Benoite said Dalhousie has played, “very similar to us this year and has a similar type of game.
“They are post oriented and try to play hard-nosed disciplined defense. Similar to us, they have come up on the wrong end of a lot of close games and, despite their record, are a team that can beat any team in the league.
Vasilije Curcic continues to lead MUN in scoring with a 16.5 points-per-game average for fourth place in AUS scoring. Caleb Gould follows at 10.0 ppg.
As far as the 7-7 Lady Hawks are concerned, the 7-7 Dalhousie Tigers are an aggressive team that plays well off the boards, so the Sea-Hawks need more consistency rebounding the ball, according to coach Doug Partridge.
Overall, Partridge likes the way his team is headed, and is looking for a few tweaks here and there.
“I’m hopeful that we can continue to grow offensively, handle pressure and start to improve our shooting percentages a little. Our confidence seems to be growing,” he said.
Partridge said the Sea-Hawks haven’t been much different on the road as opposed to playing at home this season, despite the fact six of the team’s seven wins have come at the Field House.
“I feel that we have pretty much played the same way.”
“Teams learn to succeed at home before they enjoy success on the road, so we are just trying to get to the point where we have enough experience that we can control our own outcomes.”
Sandra Amoah leads the Sea-Hawks in scoring at a 10.9 points-a-game average pace, just ahead of Kelia Pond at 10.8 ppg.