Lady Hawks open up season with two wins

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Young team overcomes mistakes to sweep weekend games against visiting Acadia

The Memorial Sea-Hawks got a little help from a number of starters and players off the bench to produce a winning combination in Atlantic Universities Sport (AUS) women's basketball Sunday at the Field House.

The Lady Hawks defeated the Acadia Axewomen 72-67 after beating the visitors 87-86 Saturday night.

The Memorial Sea-Hawks got a little help from a number of starters and players off the bench to produce a winning combination in Atlantic Universities Sport (AUS) women's basketball Sunday at the Field House.

The Lady Hawks defeated the Acadia Axewomen 72-67 after beating the visitors 87-86 Saturday night.

Neither win was pretty, but the Sea-Hawks will take the four points, thank you very much.

MUN had a total of 44 turnovers in the two games, including 23 on Sunday. That compared to 35 on the weekend by Acadia. Despite the sloppy moments, the Sea-Hawks were able to play well when it counted.

"We're very young basketball team so we are going to make a lot of mistakes," said MUN coach Doug Partridge.

"But turnovers are a concern for me. They have been all year. It's something we're trying to correct."

MUN, outrebounded 24-17 in the first half - including 9-2 in the offensive rebounding category - finished with an overall 45-36 boards advantage.

As far as offensive rebounding was concerned, Partridge said that's a matter of being in the right spots "and the minute we got to the right spots in the fourth quarter, we got offensive rebounds," he said.

Partridge was pleased with the effort of several of his younger players.

"We're trying to find minutes for the young kids to help them develop and hopefully, on each day, a different one of them gives us something that helps build some confidence for them for the future," said Partridge.

Brittany Dalton led MUN with 18 points. Vicki Thistle and Ally Forsey each scored 11, while Kim Devison netted eight. Erin Mullaley scored seven and Grace Fishbein sank six.

Also contributing, at what seemed to be key times in the game, were second-year Ericka Gratton with five points and rookie Emily Jameson with four.

Gratton, who played four minutes without any points in Saturday's win, also managed to contribute four rebounds and two assists in 13 minutes of work off the bench Sunday.

She was happy with her effort in the second game.

"Yeah definitely. Doug said I had to perform well and I'm happy with my performance today," said Gratton.

"We had a lot of turnovers, but we always come back and that's a positive for our team."

Jameson, who didn't play Saturday night, made the most of her five minutes Sunday. The five-foot-10 guard from St. John's provided some spark off the bench for the Sea-Hawks in the third quarter when she sank her first shot, set up Forsey for two points and delivered another two points as MUN pulled into a seven-point lead.

Memorial's deep bench put up 30 points compared to 13 points from the Axewomen non-starters.

jbriowne@thetelegram.com




Names and Numbers

MUN 72, Acadia 67 (Sunday)
Top performers
Memorial
Brittany Dalton,18 points, nine rebounds
Acadia
Emma Duinker, 16 points
Shooting percentage
MUN 42.9; Acadia 32.6
Three-pointers
Acadia 6-22; MUN 2-13
Free throws
MUN 16-25; Acadia 5-8
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MUN 87, Acadia 86 (Saturday)
Top performers
Memorial
Grace Fishbein, 21 points, 6 rebounds
Vicki Thistle 17 points, 9 rebounds
Brittany Dalton, 13 points, 2 rebounds
Ally Forsey, 11 points, 8 rebounds
Erin Mullaley, 11 points
Acadia
Alise Brown, 24 points
Free throws
MUN 22-35; Acadia 9-13
Shooting percentage
MUN 44.8; Acadia 45.8
Turnovers
MUN 21; Acadia 19
Rebounds
MUN 37; Acadia 28

Organizations: Sea-Hawks, Atlantic Universities Sport, Field House

Geographic location: Acadia, St. John's

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