Lady Hawks fall out of first at the finish

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Pair of season-ending losses to Cape Breton leaves Capers in top spot and Memorial the second seed for playoffs

A monumental meltdown in the final two games of the season cost Memorial Sea-Hawks first place in the Atlantic universities women's basketball conference.

The Cape Breton Capers swept the Lady Hawks in Friday-Saturday two matches at the Field House. Those results, combined with fourth-place St. Francis Xavier's 57-54 upset of Dalhousie on Sunday, gave Cape Breton first place. MUN and CBU each finished with 46 points and split their four regular-season games, but the Capers won the head-to-head tiebreaker on point differential with a plus-14. Dalhousie finished third with 42 points and will have to play a quarter-final match, while St. Francis finished with 40 points. The top two teams earn a bye to the semifinals.

Jahlica Kirnon (left) of the Cape Breton Capers collides with Memorial Sea-Hawks guard Kelly Himmelman during AUS women's basketball action at the MUN Field House. Cape Breton won 85-68, giving the Capers a sweep of their regular season-ending two-game se

A monumental meltdown in the final two games of the season cost Memorial Sea-Hawks first place in the Atlantic universities women's basketball conference.

The Cape Breton Capers swept the Lady Hawks in Friday-Saturday two matches at the Field House. Those results, combined with fourth-place St. Francis Xavier's 57-54 upset of Dalhousie on Sunday, gave Cape Breton first place. MUN and CBU each finished with 46 points and split their four regular-season games, but the Capers won the head-to-head tiebreaker on point differential with a plus-14. Dalhousie finished third with 42 points and will have to play a quarter-final match, while St. Francis finished with 40 points. The top two teams earn a bye to the semifinals.

CBU defeated MUN 74-61 Saturday night after beating MUN 80-73 Friday.

MUN men swept, too

In men's play, CBU defeated MUN 85-68 Saturday for a sweep of the two-game series. CBU won 80-73 Friday. Memorial finished the season in seventh place with a 3-17 record and on an eight-game losing streak. Cape Breton is 15-4 with one game to play. The Capers are two points behind conference-leading St. Francis Xavier, which has two games left to play.

MUN women's coach Doug Partridge doesn't remember the last time his team lost two straight games at home but, despite the fact the losses came just before the playoffs which open Friday in Halifax, he doesn't put too much significance on the results.

"It only has carry over if people carry it over. It's that simple," said Partridge. "It (the double loss) has no bearing on what happens next weekend.

"It's like when you flip a coin and it's heads. People say there's a 50 per cent chance you'll flip tails the next time. No it's not. It's a totally separate flip. It's a totally different deal. The law of averages is garbage," said. "Whatever you bring on that day is what you get. We didn't bring it this weekend, so we didn't get it.

"Next weekend is a whole different deal."

Having said that, Partridge added that he would expect the Capers to "feel good about what they did, but if we show up and play the way we can play, it's a whole other issue."

Partridge said his team will have to "go back and do some work on some fundamental things and sharpen things up. (The players) showing up or not is not in my hands," he said. "I'd love to be able to tell you why we didn't show up, but I don't know."

Partridge's Cape Breton counterpart felt his team showed a lot of character on the weekend.

"Lucky for us, they (MUN) didn't make their shots. On another day, that may not happen," said CBU coach Fabian McKenzie.

"We came focused trying to get a job done and we got it done. We're going into the playoffs feeling good about how we played."

Soon-to-be-named AUS most valuable player Kelsey Hodgson led all scores with 32 points on Saturday. That established the new conference single-season record of 515 points, surpassing former Caper Janice Moseychuck's mark of 502 set in 1995-96.

"The girls were really excited on the bench and telling me that I beat her (Moseychuck)," said Hodgson, so I guess that's great for me, but I'm looking for a (championship) banner beyond that. It's all about the banner right now."

Vicki Thistle was tops for MUN with 19 points. Brittany Dalton sank 17.

jbrowne@thetelegram.com

Organizations: Field House

Geographic location: Cape Breton, Halifax

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