Memorial Sea-Hawks women’s basketball team looks to turn their recent mediocre status into a legitimate Atlantic University Sport (AUS) conference contender this season.
The Sea-Hawks have recently added six-foot-post Tianna Brown from Cochise Community College in Arizona.
Brown was a three-time AAA state champion at Montini Academy in Illinios and a junior college district all-star at Cochise where she averaged 11 points and eight rebounds in her last year.
“She’ll help right away,” said coach Doug Partridge. “She needs to improve her fitness, but otherwise she has a very good skill set and can add a lot immediately.
“She will be a threat to start and she’ll add scoring punch to the lineup. “She’s a good person, so she will be solid with the team,” added Partridge.
MUN finished in fourth place with a 9-11 record last season before being knocked out of the quarter-finals 70-64 by the fifth-seeded Dalhousie Tigers. The Lady Hawks placed fifth with an 11-9 record the previous season. The last time the Sea-Hawks won an AUS championship was 2007-08.
The Sea-Hawks hope to welcome 6-2 rookie forward Brooklyn Wright to the roster later in the season.
Wright, considered a potential impact player, missed all of last season due to an ACL tear injury which she still hasn’t fully recovered from because she was not properly diagnosed until Christmas of last year.
She’s had surgery and is making good progress in her rehab, according to Partridge, but he added, “It will likely be Christmas time before she is cleared to play.”
Other new MUN players include Rosie Staneov from Gonzaga High School who played Canada Games for Partridge.
“She has good size and versatility in her game,” noted the MUN coach. “She will look to make a contribution as a backup at the three and four spots.”
Another recruit is 6-1 Revee Schultz from Toronto.
“A little raw but she can be a solid backup post in her first year and we feel that she has the mentality to develop into a very solid CIS player. She’s very athletic.”
“These three additions all address our main concern, changing us from a very small team into one with good overall size and allowing our other returning players to flow back to their natural positions,” explained Partridge.
In the meantime, Partridge said he fels good about the work the players have done in the off season and in regards to the team’s future in the Atlantic University Sport (AUS) conference.
“There’s a depth of talent in the system now and we’ve improved our size and scoring ability. If we can take better care of the basketball consistently and show a commitment to defence through the entire year, then I feel like we will be among the best teams in the conference again,” said Partridge.
“I’m excited to get the year started.”
Memorial University opens the 2014-15 AUS schedule against two of its better rivals.
MUN travels to Cape Breton to take on the Capers Nov. 8, 9 before playing host to Dalhousie Tigers Nov. 15, 16.