Acadia sweeps weekend versus Memorial
The Memorial basketball teams had trouble with the nationally ranked basketball programs of Acadia University this weekend as the Axemen won a pair of games in both women's and men's basketball in Wolfville.
The Memorial women's basketball team is 1-5 after a pair of losses to the AUS champion Acadia Axewomen this weekend in Wolfville.
Saturday Acadia 74 Memorial 59 (boxscore)
The Memorial women's basketball team struggled to make shots in their 74-59 loss to Acadia at the War Memorial Gymnasium Saturday.
Memorial took a 10-9 lead three minutes into the first quarter on a three-pointer by Grace Fishbein, however it would be the last lead of the game for the Sea-Hawks. Acadia closed out the first quarter on a run that would leave them ahead 21-12.
In the second quarter Memorial continued to struggle from the floor and Acadia kept their lead in double-digits as they went into halftime ahead 43-31.
Memorial shot only 28.6% from the floor including two of nine from three-point distance during the first half while Acadia were hot from the field shooting at a 44.4% clip.
Memorial played their best defensive quarter of the game in the third, limiting the Axewomen to only 11 points however their offensive struggles continued as they scored 12 points in the frame.
In the fourth Acadia closed out the 74-59 win.
Kristy Moore led the Axewomen with 21 points and 9 rebounds in the win. The Axewomen had four players in double-digit scoring.
Fishbein led Memorial with 14 points while rookie Sandra Amoah had 13 points including 5-6 from the free throw line. Emily Jameson led Memorial in rebounding with 10 boards to go along with 8 points.
Sunday Acadia 72 Memorial 61 (boxscore)
For the second straight game the Acadia Axewomen used a first quarter run to propel them to victory as Acadia defeated the visiting Memorial Sea-Hawks 72-61 Sunday.
The Axewomen led 18-8 after the first quarter as Acadia hit four three-pointers including two in a row by Rachel Savage.
The halftime score was 38-24 for Acadia.
Memorial played on of their best quarters of the season in the third as the Sea-Hawks outscored the Axewomen 24-15 to cut the lead to five at the end of the quarter. With about three minutes to play in the third Grace Fishbein cut the lead to one as the Sea-Hawks attempted to mount a big comeback attempt.
Fishbein, a senior from Waterloo, was hot in the third quarter with 11 of her game-high 25 points in the quarter.
Acadia opened the fourth quarter on a 5-0 run pushing the lead back to nine to stall Memorial's comeback attempt.
Memorial would make one last surge going on a 7-0 run capped off by a Grace Fishbein three with 1:38 left to play to cut the lead to a two possession game at 67-61.
Acadia would seal the win as Kristy Moore and Lindsay Harris would make shots in the final two minutes to push the lead back to double digits.
Final score was 72-61.
Memorial coach Doug Partridge shortened his bench on Sunday.
Fishbein finished the game with 25 points and 6 rebounds. Emily Jameson added 13 points.
Moore led Acadia with 22 points while Harris added 14 in the win.
The Sea-Hawks next action is at the Field House when the UNB Varsity Reds come to town for a weekend series Saturday and Sunday.
The young Memorial men's basketball team faced a stiff test with a weekend trip to Acadia to take on the number three-ranked team in the country. The Axemen defeated Memorial in both games as the Sea-Hawks continued their tough first half schedule in AUS basketball.
Saturday Acadia 89 Memorial 40 (boxscore)
The Acadia Axemen defeated Memorial 89-40 in the opening game of their weekend series in Woflville on Saturday night.
The visiting Sea-Hawks stuck with Acadia in the opening minutes as a Keegan MacNeill jumper gave them a 11-9 lead after four minutes of play. However Acadia would go on a 17-0 run to close the quarter and would not look back winning the game 89-40.
Owen Klassen led the Axemen with 22 points and 12 rebounds in the win. Tyler Scott came off the Acadia bench to give them 17 points and 6 steals.
Memorial was led by Ryan Wood who had 17 points and 6 rebounds in the loss. Wood also connected on four of eight three-point attempts.
The Sea-Hawks once again had trouble protecting the basketball with 33 turnovers to only 8 for the Axemen. The Sea-Hawks did stay with Acadia on the glass as the home team outrebounded the visitors 34-33.
Sunday Acadia 71 Memorial 49 (boxscore)
The Acadia Axemen started fast and, despite a much better fourth quarter by Memorial, went on to beat the Sea-Hawks 71-49 on Sunday.
Acadia opened the game on a 12-2 run and didn't relinquish the lead throughout.
In the second quarter the Axemen showed why they are the third ranked team in the country and the team to beat in the AUS, going on a 20-0 run to blow the game open.
The Sea-Hawks showed their character in the fourth quarter taking the final frame 25-11. Theo Stanoev caught fire in the fourth quarter with three three-pointers on his way to 9 points in the quarter.
The fourth quarter effort cut into the big Acadia lead with the game ending 71-49 for the home side.
Four of the Acadia starters finished the game in double figures with Anthony Ashe leading the way with 19 points.
Memorial's bench was effective for Coach Peter Benoite. Sophomore Noel Moffatt led the Sea-Hawks with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Stanoev and D'Avontai Moore each added 9 points. The Memorial starters managed only 9 points in the game.
The Sea-Hawks are now 0-6 after a tough schedule to open the AUS season.
The team will play a key weekend series at the Field House next Saturday and Sunday before the Christmas break from competition.