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MUN, UPEI split weekend AUS women's basketball games

Memorial Sea-Hawks coach Doug Partridge appeared to be more than a little perturbed at the officiating in Sunday’s Atlantic University Sport (AUS) women’s basketball game against the UPEI Panthers at the Field House.

“Nightmarish effort out there…won’t call traveling…won’t call fouls,” Partridge said near the scorer’s table to no one in particular as the officials made their way off the court at half time with the Sea-Hawks trailing the Panthers 38-23.

The point was made without any immediate repercussions.

UPEI, with or without the officials on their side, went on to win the game 78-60 after losing 67-64 to MUN Saturday night.

MUN’s record dropped to 9-9, while the Panthers, who will play host to the AUS championship in a couple of weeks, improved to 9-10.

The Lady Hawks take on the undefeated Saint Mary’s Huskies (18-0) next weekend in Halifax, N.S., to complete the regular season schedule.

Danielle MacDonald led UPEI with 18 points and six rebounds.

It was UPEI’s Darcy Zinck who put a dagger in MUN’s hopes for a comeback a couple of times in the game.

Her last-second three-pointer that gave the Panthers a 15-point lead at the half and she hit another last-second trey to end the third quarter as UPEI pulled ahead 59-45. The shots elicited a smile from Zinck each time they dropped.

“We had a really great team game. We really worked to move the ball,” said Zinck, who finished with 16 points.

“I just happened to be the open shooter a couple of times. I got some good looks thanks to my teammates.”

Zinck said it says a lot about her team that they were able to rebound from Saturday’s loss to win easily Sunday.

“We proved we were the better team today (Sunday),” she said.

UPEI coach Greg Gould said his team is a little like Memorial in that it never quits.

“We got off to a pretty good start and built up a nice lead. They made a great run and our kids responded.

Gould felt his team defended better Sunday afternoon than Saturday night.

“We made a couple of little changes and we made our shots. When you make shots, it makes the game easier.”

St. John’s natives Laura Power (10 points) and Amy Gough (six points, six assists) helped the Panthers’ cause. Gough had a game-high 21 points Saturday.

“Amy has been our leader the whole season. She’s been a tough defender as well and she did a great job on (Sandra) Amoah Saturday night,” noted Gould, in pointing out that MUN’s top scorer was held to a single point.

The UPEI coach said while the team already has a spot in the playoffs, “We don’t want to back in as hosts.”

Partridge, who picked up a technical foul in the third quarter, did find something positive out of Sunday’s loss.

“I thought Sandra (Amoah) did a lot of good things and, if one thing was different, she might even have kept us in the game,” said Partridge without elaborating on that “one thing.”  

Amoah led MUN with 18 points and 14 rebounds.

“We have not been practising the right way with the right focus and we need to get back to that to be effective come playoff time.

“We learned a lot today (Sunday) and if we have to play P.E.I. again we should be better prepared. After we process all that then we can move forward,” Partridge added.

 

jbrowne@thetelegram.com

 

SUNDAY

UPEI 78, Memorial 60

Scoring

MUN

Sandra Amoah, 18 pts., 14 reb.

Kelia Pond, 11 pts.

Chante Clarke, 10 pts.

UPEI

Danielle MacDonald, 18 pts.

Rebounds

UPEI 24; MUN 27

Shooting percentage

MUN 37.5; UPEI 52.5

Turnovers

MUN 22; UPEI 21

Bench points

UPEI 20; MUN 16

Free throws

UPEI 9/12; MUN 13/22

Three pointers

MUN 5/15; UPEI 5/16

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SATURDAY

Memorial 67, UPEI 64

Scoring

MUN

Pond, 20 pts.

Sydney Stewart 15 pts., 9 reb.

Chante Clarke, 9 pts.

UPEI

Amy Gough, 21 pts., 5 reb. 3 steals

Rebounds

MUN 34; UPEI 39

Three pointers

MUN 8/21; UPEI 5/16

Free throws

MUN 9/13; UPEI 9/14

Shooting percentage

MUN 36.8; UPEI 38.5

Bench points

UPEI 18; MUN 31

Turnovers

UPEI 25; MUN 13

Organizations: Panthers, Sea-Hawks

Geographic location: Saint Mary, Halifax, Sydney

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