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Lady Hawks’ win streak ends, but they’re still comfortably in first

Memorial women hoopsters split with Acadia; banged-up men’s team loses two to Axemen

The Memorial Sea-Hawks dropped an 81-72 decision to the Acadia Axewomen Sunday in Nova Scotia, snapping the Lady Birds’ six-game win streak in Atlantic University Sport women’s basketball play.

That’s the bad news. The good news is the Sea-Hawks, who registered an 86-72 win at Acadia Saturday night, still have a firm grip on first place in the conference at 9-3 for 26 points, eight more than second-place UPEI Panthers following the weekend split.

The Sea-Hawks’ men’s team wasn’t quite as fortunate, losing both games to Acadia in Wolfville, N.S.

Haille Nickerson enjoyed another outstanding weekend for Memorial, scoring a combined 62 points against Acadia.

The fifth-year guard scored 29 points Sunday, following up on a 33-point performance Saturday night, an 86-72 Memorial win.

Rookie Alana Short had another big game for the Sea-Hawks Sunday with 23 points. She scored 18 Saturday to go with 10 rebounds, while Ines Salat Margarit netted 14.

The Lady Birds don’t play again until Jan. 25-26, when they play host to the Cape Breton Capers at the Field House on the MUN campus.

Memorial’s men’s squad is now 5-7 for 12 points following the two losses to Acadia, sitting tied with the Axemen for fourth place in the conference.

MUN played both games with only nine players. Starters Nathan Barker and Jason Thompson are both injured, and Emanuel Ring was also unavailable.

Cole Long started both games after missing two games the previous weekend because of injury.

Trailing 44-34 at the half, the Axemen won Sunday’s game in thrilling fashion, with Brett Speedy nailing a three-point at the final buzzer for an 89-87 win.

Long was Memorial’s top point-getter with 24 points. Daniel Foo had 22 off the bench, and Deng Ring scored 20 to go with 16 rebounds.

Acadia recorded an 85-75 decision Saturday night. Ring led the Sea-Hawks with 19 points, Nick Tuff had 18 off the bench, and Long and Boris Ristanovic both sank 10 points.

The Axemen led 38-37 at halftime.

Like the women’s team, the men’s basketball squad doesn’t play until Jan. 25-26, when the Sea-Hawks play host to Cape Breton.

Meanwhile, Memorial’s women’s volleyball team travelled to Halifax for a trio of games against the Dalhousie Tigers. Dal won 3-0 Friday and Saturday, and 3-1 Sunday to improve to 11-0 on the season. The Sea-Hawks fell to 0-12.

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