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AUS basketball: Late basket denies Memorial women a sixth straight win

Grace Simpson of the University of New Brunswick Reds finds herself surrounded by Memorial Sea-Hawks players Cameron Longley (11), Gabrielle Roche (32) and Sammi Deakin-Sharpe (24) during AUS women’s basketball play Sunday in Fredericton, N.B. — Alex Dascalu/UNB Athletics
Grace Simpson of the University of New Brunswick Reds finds herself surrounded by Memorial Sea-Hawks players Cameron Longley (11), Gabrielle Roche (32) and Sammi Deakin-Sharpe (24) during AUS women’s basketball play Sunday in Fredericton, N.B. — Alex Dascalu/UNB Athletics

Lady Hawks split with UNB; Sea-Hawks men's teams loses twice to Reds

Eva Tumwine nailed a jump shot with five seconds to play in overtime as the University of New Brunswick Reds slipped past the visiting Memorial Sea-Hawks 71-70 in Atlantic University Sport (AUS) women’s basketball Sunday in Fredericton, N.B.

It was the Sea-Hawks’ first loss in five games, and drops Memorial’s record to 13-5 on the year. Despite the setback the Sea-Hawks, who recorded a 54-53 win over UNB Saturday night, remain tied with the UPEI Panthers for second place in the conference with 38 points apiece.

Haille Nickerson, the AUS scoring leader, led Memorial with 27 points. Ines Salat Margarit scored 12 points for the Sea-Hawks and Gabrielle Roche netted 10. In Saturday’s game, Nickerson drained 23 points, including the 1,000th point of her Memorial career.

Alana Short had 10 points.

Memorial’s varsity men’s team continues to struggle, losing 85-64 to UNB in Fredericton Sunday. It was the Sea-Hawks’ fourth straight loss — including one to UNB Saturday — and 11th setback in 12 games.

The MUN men fall to 6-12 on the year, and are in seventh place in the eight-team AUS.

The Sea-Hawks had four players scoring in double figures Sunday — Boris Ristanovic with 16 points, Jeff Damalie with 11 and Cole Long and Daniel Foo with 10 each.

In Saturday’s 85-71 loss to the Reds, Long enjoyed a big game with 24 points and 16 rebounds. Jason Thompson netted 12 points, Nick Tuff and Ristanovic both had 10 points.

This Friday and Saturday, both Memorial teams finish off their AUS regular-season schedules as they play host to UPEI teams in pairs of four-point games at the Field House on the Memorial campus.

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