Kim Devison finally stepped out of the shadows and into the spotlight Sunday to lead Memorial Sea-Hawks to 74-69 win over Saint Mary’s Huskies in Atlantic University Sport (AUS) women’s basketball at the Field House.
The third-year Waterloo, Ont., native, who has been struggling to find her comfort zone with the Sea-Hawks, was given an opportunity to start and the increased minutes seem to be getting her overall game in order.
The 5-10 guard sank a three-pointer with 16.5 seconds left in the game Sunday, her fourth trey of the game and second in the final two minutes, to break a 69-69 tie and send the Sea-Hawks to victory.
The win gave MUN (4-2) a two-game sweep of the weekend series after a 66-56 victory Saturday night. The Lady Hawks are tied atop the standings with UNB Varsity Reds and Cape Breton Capers with 14 points apiece at the Christmas break. SMU dropped to 3-4.
“The play is kind of for someone driving into the middle. But (Justine) Colley was playing off me all game so I set up in the corner,” Devison said about her game-winning bucket. “It’s my job on the team to shoot the ball, so I just took my time and, well, …”
She said making the big shot was a “huge” confidence booster.
“I haven’t been shooting as well as I’d like to this season, but that made me feel really good and I know that I can do it if I set my mind to it.
“It’s a good feeling going into the Christmas break with two wins, especially against Saint Mary’s, one of the best teams in the conference,” said Devison, who finished with 18 points along with teammate Ally Forsey, who also contributed 13 rebounds in a superb effort.
Memorial coach Doug Partridge was all smiles after the game.
“To play without Bree (Brittany Dalton) and to play with the guts and determination we did today … I turned to (assistant coach) Nathan (Agnew) at the end and said, ‘That might go on my top 10 list,’” said Partridge.
Partridge is particularly pleased with Devison’s progress so far this season.
“I talked to Kim in the offseason and told her she had a decent year last season and did some things,” Partridge said, “but I also told her we can play her or not play her and that she needs to make herself a player who we have to put on the floor.
“And,” he added, “I think she did a great job this summer doing that.”
Colley led SMU with 22 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists.
Deer Lake’s Maegan Seaward, a former Sea-Hawk, scored 11 points with three rebounds and two assists for the Huskies.
The Sea-Hawks played Sunday’s without the services of veteran guard Dalton.
“She hurt, most likely, her meniscus,” said Partridge. “We’ll know more when she gets some tests done.
“She hurt it in the first half yesterday (Saturday), and got through the second half. She tried to warm up, but couldn’t go today (Sunday).”
Despite the injury, Dalton managed 16 points and 14 rebounds in Saturday’s win.
Meanwhile, asked what his team was going to be doing during the break, Partridge smiled and replied: “Resting.”