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AUS BASKETBALL MUN men set futility record

Memorial Sea-Hawks women's basketball team looked like champions in defeating St. Francis Xavier X-Women 75-64 Saturday at the Field House, according to coach Doug Partridge.

"In the middle two periods today (Saturday), we outscored them (St. Francis) 45-20 and I think that's championship calibre basketball," said Partridge.

Memorial Sea-Hawks' rookie forward Nathan Dunn (left) is about to attack the St. Francis Xavier net in second half at a Saturday afternoon game at the Field House in St. John's. The men's team lost the game, their 20th straight loss since the season began

Memorial Sea-Hawks women's basketball team looked like champions in defeating St. Francis Xavier X-Women 75-64 Saturday at the Field House, according to coach Doug Partridge.

"In the middle two periods today (Saturday), we outscored them (St. Francis) 45-20 and I think that's championship calibre basketball," said Partridge.

"We didn't start great...focus wasn't great, and at the end we tried to make sure everybody played," said Partridge, "but we played like champions for those middle periods."

The St. Francis loss kept the 6-14 X-Women from making the Atlantic universities playoffs as they finished two points behind sixth-place Acadia with 22 points.

The Sea-Hawks finished in first place with a 17-3 record for 48 points, 10 more than runner-up Cape Breton Capers.

Defending champion MUN has earned a first-round bye in the AUS championship tournament which is set for next weekend in Wolfville, N.S.

Vicki Thistle paced MUN with 18 points. Meghan Dalton had 12 off the bench. Leslie Stewart chipped in with 11 as a starter in her final home contest with the Sea-Hawks. Katherine Quackenbush, who was also playing in her final home game along with Mellissa Prunty, scored 10.

Emily McPherson was tops for St. Francis with 18 points.

MUN won 87-71 Friday night. Dalton sank 19 points off the bench. Maegan Seaward netted 15 points. Thistle had 11 and Kelly Himmelman scored 10.

On the other side of the coin, MUN men finished with the worst record in the university's history at 0-20, falling 88-64 to St. Francis Saturday. The X-Men beat MUN 105-72 Friday night.

Memorial finished with the fewest points scored at 1,281 and gave up the most points in the conference with 1,872.

Grant Harvey, MUN's best player by far all season, led the Sea-Hawks with 20 points. The super sophomore added 13 assists.

Promising Jason Sheppard netted 17 points and rookie Justin Penney chipped in with 11 for MUN.

Christian Upshaw led St. Francis with 14 points, one of six X-Men in double figures. Corner Brook native Chad Warren netted six points in 15 minutes for the winners.

Mark English and Sheppard each had 22 points Friday night.

jbrowne@thetelegram.com

Organizations: Sea-Hawks, Field House

Geographic location: Wolfville, Corner Brook

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