Lady Hawks soar into final

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AUS women's basketball championshiP Memorial beats U.PE.I. 80-58; will defend title today against arch-rival Cape Breton

It was as good as it gets for a semifinal game, according to Memorial Sea-Hawks' coach Doug Partridge, who says his team will do whatever it has to do to win today's Atlantic Universities women's basketball final against the Cape Breton Capers.

The Sea-Hawks earned the right to defend their crown after crushing the University of Prince Edward Island Panthers 80-58 in semifinal play Saturday night at Acadia University.

Memorial Sea-Hawks player of the game, Erin Mullaley drives to the basket between a couple of University of Prince Edward Island Panthers defenders. Memorial's Lady Hawks won the AUS women's basketball semi-final in Wolfville, N.S. with a score of 80-58 S

It was as good as it gets for a semifinal game, according to Memorial Sea-Hawks' coach Doug Partridge, who says his team will do whatever it has to do to win today's Atlantic Universities women's basketball final against the Cape Breton Capers.

The Sea-Hawks earned the right to defend their crown after crushing the University of Prince Edward Island Panthers 80-58 in semifinal play Saturday night at Acadia University.

During the regular season, MUN won three of four games from the Capers, who earned their way into the final with a 75-60 win over the Dalhousie Tigers.

Asked about the championship matchup with old rivals Cape Breton, Partridge said he had no trouble with it.

"It's the best against the best," he said.

The key to MUN's win over the Panthers, according to Partridge, "was the pace was ours throughout the game."

"I knew they (the Panthers) would come out strong because they got all of their jitters out last night (in a quarter-final win over UNB).

"We made them have to run with us all game long."

But was a 22-point win a big enough test?

"Yeah," says Partridge "It was perfect. "We were able to accomplish a lot. We were able to rest our starters and we got our rookies some minutes to see what it was all about."

Paula Barker and AUS most valuable player Katherine Quackenbush each scored 13 points to pace the Sea-Hawks.

Player of the game Erin Mullaley sank a dozen points to go with four rebounds and three assists for Memorial, while Maegan Seaward also had 12 points in 20 minutes of play. After picking up her second foul with seven minutes to play in the first quarter, Seaward sat out until the second half.

MUN started slowly and seemed a little tentative, falling behind 4-0 in the first two minutes, However the Lady Hawks recovered and held a five-point lead at the end of the first quarter as their early full-court pressure paid dividends by eventually wearing down the Panthers.

Mullaley conceded it took her team a little bit of time to get into the game.

"We came around after the first few minutes and got into a groove," said Mullaley, who opened the second quarter with a trey and a two-pointer to give MUN an eight-point cushion which they extended to 17 points at the half.

jbrowne@thetelegram.com




Wrestling

MUN's Rockwood finishes third at CIS championships
Memorial University wrestler Allison Rockwood won a bronze medal Saturday at the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) championships in Calgary.
Rockwood defeated Marielle Tehart of Alberta 2-1 in the third-place match in the women's 63-kilogram division, throwing Tehart for the win with 10 seconds left in the third and decisive round.
Rockwood finished 3-1 in the competition, her lone loss coming against the eventual silver-medal winner, Danette Torgeson of Simon Fraser. Justine Bouchard of Calgary took gold.

Organizations: Panthers, Sea-Hawks, Atlantic Universities University of Prince Edward Island Panthers Acadia University Dalhousie Tigers

Geographic location: Cape Breton, Calgary

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