Memorial Sea-Hawks coach Doug Partridge simplified the team’s objective this weekend in Atlantic University Sport (AUS) women’s basketball.
“We need to take care of business at UPEI,” said the MUN mentor as his 8-6 team prepared to play the winless (0-14) Panthers in Charlottetown Saturday night and Sunday afternoon.
“Getting a sweep is just big in terms of the points and staying near the top of the league,” said Partridge.
“We need every point we can get at this stage in the season.”
MUN is coming off a split against the Dalhousie Tigers (4-9) in Halifax last weekend.
“We played pretty solid in the first game, but could not sustain our effort… just seemed to lag in the second half,” Partridge said of the team’s 74-71 loss to the Tigers.
“Through all that we still had control of the game late, but turned it over too many times and missed too many easy shots … a frustrating gam.”
The MUN mentor said the Lady Hawks “put everything together,” in the second game, an 88-53 win, calling it “the best game we have played in a long time.
“We never gave Dal any reason to hope at any point throughout. I was very pleased with the way we played.”
Asked about how many times this year MUN has put a total team effort together, Partridge figured four.
“So not many, but really we are headed in the right direction,” he said.
“I’m more concerned with how many of those games we put together in March then how many total we have.”
The Lady Hawks are led offensively by Grace Fishbein (16.1 points-per-game) and Ally Forsey (14.6 ppg), who are fifth and sixth respectively in conference scoring.
The MUN men’s team (3-11, 8 pts., last place) takes on the 4-10 Panthers this weekend after dropping a pair of games against the Tigers late last month.
Despite its record, MUN is only four points out of the sixth and last playoff spot, which is currently shared by UPEI (4-10) and Acadia (4-8)º, who each have a dozen points.
One of the few bright spots on the Sea-Hawks this season has been Robbie Habib, who goes into the weekend second in AUS scoring with 20.1 points-per-game. Saint Mary’s Joey Hayward leads at 28.9 ppg.