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MUN WOMEN'S BASKETBALL Scoring star Vicki Thistle looks to wear red and white again

The Memorial Sea-Hawks women's basketball team's top scorer and a second-team Canadian all-star is back in the fold.

Vicki Thistle, a third-year student from St. John's, who said in March she would be leaving Memorial University and the province this fall as the result of "a personal decision," has apparently decided to return to MUN.

Doug Partridge

The Memorial Sea-Hawks women's basketball team's top scorer and a second-team Canadian all-star is back in the fold.

Vicki Thistle, a third-year student from St. John's, who said in March she would be leaving Memorial University and the province this fall as the result of "a personal decision," has apparently decided to return to MUN.

When Thistle (16.3 points-per-game, 6.8 rebounds per game) revealed she was going to the University of Saskatchewan, coach Doug Partridge said at the time it was a, "blow to our program" and that, "It's never good to lose a player of that calibre anytime."

Now things have changed ... again.

"She came to see me about two weeks ago to ask if she could return next season," said Partridge.

"I told her she needed to touch base with Saskatchewan, which she has done, so as of right now she is planning to be back with us in the fall.

"She just said to me that she had some time away to clear her mind and realized that she really wanted to continue to play with Brittany Dalton and finish what she had started here at Memorial."

Partridge said he was prepared to move along without Thistle, but added her presence in the lineup makes the Sea-Hawks, "a little more competitive."

"She's certainly a talented player."

The 5-11 Thistle has been playing recently with EPR Kirby/The Dock in the Breen's Jubilee Trophy Women's Soccer League in St. John's where she's a former scoring champion.

It is not known if Thistle also wants to return to play with the Sea-Hawks' soccer team, which is hosting the Atlantic Universities Sport (AUS) championship in the fall.

Thistle played for MUN's soccer team in the past, but quit the squad to concentrate on the Sea-Hawks' basketball team.

"If Vicki wants to play soccer we have discussed what that would mean and she would have to make that decision," said Partridge.

"I don't have a problem with anyone doing anything as long as they can live with the consequences."

There's some other good news for the Lady Hawks basketball as well.

"It also looks right now like Erin Mullaley will return for her fifth year," said Partridge, "so the combination of the two is positive."

Mullaley, a 5-5 guard from Freshwater, sat out last season.

"There will be real competition in the fall for spots and playing time but that is a positive. It should keep people on their toes," said Partridge.

Partridge's Sea-Hawks finished 16-4 last season, but lost 86-63 to Dalhousie Tigers in the first round of the playoffs.

The Telegram was unable to contact Thistle for this story.

jbrowne@thetelegram.com

Organizations: University of Saskatchewan, Atlantic Universities Sport, The Dock Soccer League

Geographic location: St. John's, MUN, Saskatchewan

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