Grace Fishbein hit two free throws with six seconds to play to break a tie as Memorial Sea-Hawks edged St. Francis Xavier X-Women 68-66 in Atlantic University Sport (AUS) women’s basketball Sunday in Antigonish, N.S., for a split of the two game series.
Memorial improved to 5-5 on the season, while St. Francis, which beat MUN 58-44 Saturday, fell to 6-3
Fishbien, who MUN coach Doug Partridge says has been the team’s best player “quite a few” times this season, then successfully defended the X-Women’s attempt to tie the game in the dying seconds to seal the victory.
Fishbein was the team’s top scorer with 20 points Sunday, while Ally Forsey chipped in with 13 and Kim Devison scored 12.
MUN led 45-29 at the half.
Partridge said Brittany Dalton played well during the weekend.
“She didn’t put up any great numbers, but her defence was a lot better,” said the MUN mentor.
Dalton plays with a knee brace and Partridge said “her movement was better” against St. Francis than it was last weekend against UNB Varsity Reds.
“Today (Sunday) when they really got up defectively on us, I thought when was able to break them a bit… get into the key and make some things happen. I thought she showed some real improvement this weekend,” Partridge said.
Fishbein netted 15 points Saturday, while Forsey scored five points with 16 rebounds. Devison scored 10.
Partridge said the Lady Hawks simply collapsed Saturday. The teams were tied 42-42 after the third quarter, but The X-Women oustscored MUN 16-2 in the fourth quarter to pick up the win.
Memorial turned the ball over 33 times and shot only 15 per cent from the floor in the second half.
“We had thee different 10-point leads on Saturday and blew them all because we just couldn’t take care of the ball,” said Partridge.
In AUS men’s play, also at Antigonish, host St. Francis swept a pair of games from the visiting Sea-Hawks.
St. Francis (7-2) defeated Memorial (2-8) 109-73 Sunday and topped MUN 113-61 Saturday.
Robbie Habib was the only Sea-Hawk in double digits Saturday with 15 points. Corner Brook native Chad Warren had 14 for the X-Men.
The teams were tied 50-50 at the half Sunday, with St. Francis outscoring MUN 59-23 in the second half.
Habib was the Subway player of the game for Memorial.
Both Memorial teams play host to UPEI Panthers this weekend at the Field House.