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AUS basketball: Memorial Sea-Hawks topped by first-place teams

Jane Baird (4) of the Memorial Sea-Hawks moves the ball down the court past Paloma Anderson (11) of the Acadia Axewomen during AUS women’s basketball action at the Field House in St. John’s Sunday. Anderson had 29 points and 10 rebounds as league-leading Acadia defeated Memorial 90-79 for a sweep of a two-game weekend series in St. John’s. See story, page A10.
Jane Baird (4) of the Memorial Sea-Hawks moves the ball down the court past Paloma Anderson (11) of the Acadia Axewomen during AUS women’s basketball action at the Field House in St. John’s Sunday. Anderson had 29 points and 10 rebounds as league-leading Acadia defeated Memorial 90-79 for a sweep of a two-game weekend series in St. John’s. - Memorial Athletics photo

Acadia men and women sweep weekend games at the Field House

Both Memorial Sea-Hawks men’s and women’s basketball teams took it on the chin over the weekend, getting swept by Acadia at the Field House.

Davion Parnsalu (5) of the Memorial Sea-Hawks goes up for a shot against Ben Miller of the Acadia Axemen during AUS men’s basketball action at the MUN Field House Sunday afternoon. The Sea-Hawks and Acadia were tied 37-37 at halftime in the game, but the league-leading Axemen pulled away for a 78-65 win. - Keith Gosse/The Telegram
Davion Parnsalu (5) of the Memorial Sea-Hawks goes up for a shot against Ben Miller of the Acadia Axemen during AUS men’s basketball action at the MUN Field House Sunday afternoon. The Sea-Hawks and Acadia were tied 37-37 at halftime in the game, but the league-leading Axemen pulled away for a 78-65 win. - Keith Gosse/The Telegram

The men’s team lost 78-65 Sunday and 89-65 Saturday night, while the women’s squad was outscored 90-79 Sunday and 91-69 Saturday.
For the men Sunday, Daniel Gordon was Memorial’s top scorer with 19 points. Davion Parnsalu had 15 and rookie Jason Thompson out of Waterford Valley High had a season-high 10 points.
Acadia’s 6-9 Erik Nissen was dominant under the boards against the smaller Sea-Hawks, grabbing 19 rebounds.
Saturday night, it was Gordon with 17 points and Jaylen Clarke with 11 for MUN.
The Sea-Hawks played the weekend series minus star guard Nathan Barker of Massey Drive, NL, who injured his ankle at practice last week. He should be good to go next weekend when MUN travels to UPEI next weekend.
The pair of wins improves the Axemen to 12-2, and tied for first place in the Atlantic University Sport standings. MUN falls to 4-10, but still hold down the sixth and final playoff spot in the conference.
As for the women, the Lady Birds got 25 points from Lindsay Taylor, 21 from Brooklyn Wright and 10 from Haille Nickerson Sunday, but it wasn’t enough to get them past the Axewomen, who entered the weekend ranked fourth in the country.
Acadia’s Paloma Anderson, a former AUS MVP, ran roughshod over MUN with 29 points and 10 boards.
Saturday night, Wright had a huge game for the Sea-Hawks with 26 points. Nickerson scored 16 and Rosie Stanoev netted 13.
First-place Acadia improved to 13-1, while the Sea-Hawks drop to 7-7, and fifth in the very tight AUS standings.
Next weekend, the Lady Birds also travel to UPEI.

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