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MUN WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

It's not uncommon for many people to plan a weight-loss program in the new year, and Memorial Sea-Hawks basketball coach Doug Partridge is no exception.

But Partridge's concern is his team's, "mental fat you put on after a break."

The Sea-Hawks take on St. Francis Xavier X-Women this weekend at the Field House as Atlantic universities women's basketball resumes following the long Christmas break.

It's not uncommon for many people to plan a weight-loss program in the new year, and Memorial Sea-Hawks basketball coach Doug Partridge is no exception.

But Partridge's concern is his team's, "mental fat you put on after a break."

The Sea-Hawks take on St. Francis Xavier X-Women this weekend at the Field House as Atlantic universities women's basketball resumes following the long Christmas break.

The battle for sole possession of second place in the conference goes six o'clock tonight and 11 a.m. Sunday. MUN and St. FX are tied with 5-1 records, just behind the 7-0 Cape Breton Capers.

Memorial's last AUS game was a 54-51 win at home against St. Mary's Nov. 22.

"The biggest thing we have to avoid is the rust and ball handling mistakes," said Partridge this week. "I hope we have sharpened ourselves over the last few weeks."

As far as this weekend's competition is concerned, Partridge says St. FX is "basically the same team as last year."

St. FX finished with a 16-4 record last season, six points behind second-place MUN. The X-Women split a pair of games with MUN at the Field House and, after advancing to the semifinals, lost to the Capers who went on to win the championship. Memorial lost in the semifinals to Dalhousie Tigers.

"They play good defense, run the court hard, bring the full-court pressure," said Partridge of the X-Women.

"We have to value the basketball and create good scoring opportunities. Rebounding will be a key to both the games.

"There is the potential for one of our teams to take a leg up in the hunt for the bye, so they should be good, tough basketball games," he said.

In the meantime, Partridge was pleased with his team's training camp during the holidays.

"We had a solid camp with some two-a-days (practices). We did fitness testing and the players all tested well. It was a good sign. The practices have been tough and competitive.

"I think everyone feels good and is ready to get back into competition. We were able to heal some nagging injuries and people feel better physically," said Partridge.

"The only bit of bad news," noted Partridge, "was Lauren Hawkins choosing to focus on her studies for the second half of the year and needing a little time away from basketball."

Hawkins, a rookie guard out of Holy Heart of Mary high school, is the second first-year Lady Hawk to jump ship at the Christmas break.

Earlier, first-year post Anna Snow from St. Bonaventure's school left the team, also presumably to concentrate on studies.

jbrowne@thetelegram.com

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  • Bball fan
    July 02, 2010 - 13:10

    Who really cares about what the Sea Hawks basketball team are doing. Memorial could put forward the best college level rugby team in North America, but the University won't fund it. They'd rather sink money into basketball and volleyball teams that are lose every year.

  • Bball fan
    July 01, 2010 - 19:45

    Who really cares about what the Sea Hawks basketball team are doing. Memorial could put forward the best college level rugby team in North America, but the University won't fund it. They'd rather sink money into basketball and volleyball teams that are lose every year.