Lady Hawks return to action against big Axewomen; men’s team also visits Acadia
The Memorial Sea-Hawks women’s and men’s basketball teams swing back into Atlantic University Sport (AUS) action this weekend against Acadia University in Wolfville, N.S.
Though it’s early in the season, these are four-point games Saturday and Sunday and both MUN varsity teams could use some extra points.
The Sea-Hawks teams haven’t played an AUS game since Nov. 24. The Lady Hawks own a 2-4 record, while MUN men, who are 0-6, will play a 5-2 Axemen squad.
Sea-Hawks women’s coach Doug Partridge feels his players are in good shape starting the new year after a 1-2 performance at a holiday season tournament in Montreal.
“I was pretty happy with the team’s performance in that tournament,” said Partridge.
“We had one bad half — the second half against Laval — and other than that we looked pretty good for a team that hadn’t practiced much since the break.”
Partridge said the recent rolling backouts didn’t hamper his team this week, though they played at two different facilities.
“It’s actually worked out to be a normal week of practice,” added Partridge whose team takes on a big 2-5 Axewomen’s squad.
The Axewomen will start three players six-feet or over and that will pose a problem for the smaller Lady Hawks.
“Because they are so big it will mean we have to be able to control them on the boards,” explained Partridge.
“We have to make it more of an athletic game. We have to get the ball up and down the floor.”
Rookie Brooklyn Wright from Cambridge, Ont., at 6-2, is the tallest player on the team, but the bad news is that a recent MRI revealed a full ACL tear that will mean the promising forward won’t get to play any games this season.
Meanwhile, Partridge said the annual long layoff between AUS games doesn’t bother him.
“I’ve been around for 20 years. People know what they need to do. The players weren’t huffing and puffing in Montreal, so that tells me they’ve done the work.”
Sandra Amoah leads the Lady Hawks in scoring and rebounding with 11 points-per-game and 9.3 rebounds per game. Vasilije Curcic leads Memorial men with 14.8 points-per-game and 7.7 rebounds.
The Lady Hawks games are 6 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. on Sunday with the men playing 8 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday. The game will be webcast at www.AUStv.ca
The Memorial Sea-Hawks men’s and women’s volleyball teams will travel to Halifax, N.S. this weekend for games against Dalhousie Tigers.
The Lady Hawks (3-5) will play the Tigers (5-3) 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday.
Memorial men’s volleyball team (0-10) will take on the Tigers (8-2) 8 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday.
The games will be webcast at www.AUStv.ca