Lady Hawks struggled with focus, turnovers

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Dalhousie bounces MUN in quarter-finals

Memorial Sea-Hawks women’s basketball team didn’t bring its best game and it led to an early exit in the Atlantic University Sport (AUS) quarter-final during the weekend in Prince Edward island.

The fourth-ranked Lady Hawks fell 70-64 to the fifth-ranked Dalhousie Tigers Friday.

It was a little revenge for the Tigers who were knocked out of the playoffs by Memorial last season in the quarter-finals.

Six-seed UPEI Panthers upset third-seed Cape Breton Capers in the other quarter-final 67-57.

Saint Mary’s Huskies, whose roster included St. John’s native Emily Jameson, completed a perfect season by defeating Dalhousie 73-53 in the semifinal before  topping St. Francis Xavier 76-63 in the championship game.

The reason for MUN’s loss was basic, according to Partridge.

“It was a combination of us not being mentally focused and that led to turnovers which put us in a hole,” explained the veteran MUN mentor. “And then we just couldn’t make the plays we needed to make.

“To be honest,” added Partridge, “our defence was never there.”

Memorial could have used a bit more offence as well as it turned out.

“We came out banging shots and scoring in the third quarter, putting up 22 points,” noted Partridge.

“But we needed to win the quarter by more than one point . We had to win that quarter by seven to nine points. Once we didn’t do that, I knew we were kinda in trouble because I could see us fading a bit.”

MUN led 34-31 at the half and carried a 56-52 advantage heading into the fourth quarter where they were outscored 18-8.

Kelia Pond led Memorial with 15 points and Megan Robinson contributed a dozen.

Rookie Lindsay Taylor chipped in with nine from three treys.

“I thought Lindsay, who had a bit of a tough year, had a huge game for us,” noted Partridge.

Marika Vanden Elzen and Sandra Amoah each scored eight points for MUN.

Organizations: Dalhousie Tigers

Geographic location: Saint Mary

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