Sea-Hawk women sweep Acadia; men improving but lose both
The Memorial men's and women's basketball teams hosted Acadia at the Field House this weekend. The women gave home fans something to cheer about with a big series sweep over the Axewomen in exciting fashion. The men lost both games to a nationally ranked Acadia Axemen team but showed progression in their competitiveness this weekend.
The Memorial women's basketball team came up with a big series sweep over the visiting Acadia Axewomen this weekend in AUS women's basketball play. The wins evened Memorial's record at 8-8 and extended their winning streak to three games. Memorial is now locked into playoff position in the competitive AUS standings.
Saturday Memorial 75 Acadia 69 (boxscore)
The Sea-Hawks used a dominant first quarter to propel them to a 75-69 victory at the Field House on Saturday night.
Memorial held a ten point lead after the first quarter 25-15. Memorial's defense forced Acadia turnovers and the Sea-Hawks capitalized as a number of players hit shots to push the lead to ten at the end of the quarter.
Acadia cut into the lead in the second quarter as a Kristy Moore three-pointer and a pair of Lindsay Harris free throws made it 41-36 at the half for Memorial.
In the third quarter the Axewomen took their first lead of the game as a Moore three made it 46-45 with 7:19 to go. The teams traded leads with the score being 57-55 for Acadia at the end of the third.
Acadia took a four point lead early in the fourth before Memorial's seniors, Grace Fishbein, Ally Forsey and Kim Devison took control for Memorial. The trio scored 18 of Memorial's 20 points in the quarter. A pair of threes by Devison and
Fishbein tied it at 61 before the Sea-Hawks went on a 10-0 run capped off by a Sandra Amoah jumper to make it 71-61.
Acadia would not get within two possessions again as Memorial closed out the 75-69 victory.
Forsey was dominant in the post for Memorial with 25 points, 14 rebounds and 6 blocks in the win. Fishbein added 19 points and 6 rebounds. Devison was the player of the game for Memorial with 11 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists.
Moore led Acadia with 19 points while Abbey Duinker added 17 points in the loss. Acadia's bench scored only two points in the game.
The game was Memorial's CIS Shoot for the Cure game with proceeds of the 50-50 draw going towards the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. The game was also played with a special CIS pink basketball.
Sunday Memorial 68 Acadia 64 (boxscore)
The Memorial Sea-Hawks came back from 14 points down, taking their first lead of the game in the final two minutes, to steal a 68-64 victory from the visiting Acadian Axewomen in AUS women's basketball Sunday.
A Grace Fishebin three-pointer made it 67-64 for Memorial with 1:57 to play. Acadia had three shots on the following possession including a pair of missed threes by Abbey Duinker that would have tied the game. On the ensuing Memorial possession Fishbein was fouled. She made the first shot to make it a two possession game with only 26 seconds to play. Acadia wouldn't score again with the final score Memorial 68 Acadia 64.
The halftime score was 39-29 for Acadia.
Fishbein and Forsey once again led Memorial in the win. Fishbein had a game-high 22 points including 4-6 from three-point range. Forsey had 21 points including 11-13 from the free throw line. She also had 9 rebounds and 3 blocks. Kim Devison had 12 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds in the win. All of her points came from beyond the arc.
Kristy Moore led the Axewomen with 20 points and 10 rebounds in the loss. The Acadia bench made a better contribution on Sunday with 21 points, including 11 by Rachel Savage.
Memorial improved to 8-8 with the wins. They will travel to Fredericton next weekend to play UNB (2-12) in a weekend series before closing out their home season February 22nd and 23rd against UPEI at the Field House.
The Memorial men's basketball team fell to 1-15 after the Acadia Axemen swept a weekend series at the Field House.
Saturday Acadia 105 Memorial 88 (boxscore)
Owen Klassen led the Acadia Axemen to a 105-88 win over the Memorial Sea-Hawks on Saturday night. The Sea-Hawks stuck with the fifth ranked team in the country but the Axemen slowly built a double-digit lead in the win.
Klassen, a 6'10 forward, had 31 points and 10 rebounds to lead the way for Acadia. Axemen guard Sean Stoqua caught fire with 21 points in only 19 minutes of play.
Memorial forward Noel Moffatt had a career high 27 points in the loss. The 6'5 sophomore hit six three-pointers on eight attempts. Rookie post Vasilije Curcic added 23 points and 7 rebounds for the Sea-Hawks.
Theo Stanoev came off the Memorial bench to add 11 points in only 13 minutes of court time.
Memorial forward Caleb Gould was limited in the game after opening up a nasty gash just under his eye. After the game he would need to get the wound stitched up.
Sunday Acadia 84 Memorial 63 (boxscore)
The Acadia Axemen got off to a big start, going on an 11-0 run to close the first quarter, on their way to a 84-63 victory over the Memorial Sea-Hawks on Sunday afternoon.
Acadia guard Tyler Scott led the winners with 28 points on 11-14 shooting. Scott gave the Sea-Hawks backcourt fits with his quickness as he had 7 steals in the win. Memorial held star Acadia post Owen Klassen to only 9 points in the game.
The Sea-Hawks had three players in double-figure scoring in the loss. Guard Theo Stanoev had a team-high 13 points off the bench while Bruno Mendonca and Ryan Wood each had 10 points.
Acadia dominated the first half building a 30 point lead at the break, 51-21. However Memorial worked hard through the second half to cut into the big lead outscoring the Axemen 20-16 in the third and 22-17 in the fourth.
Acadia improved to 11-3 on the season, which puts them in second place in the AUS.
Memorial fell to 1-15. The Sea-Hawks will travel to Fredericton for a series against UNB next weekend before returning home to close out their season with a pair of games against the UPEI Panthers on February 22 and 23 at the Field House.