Women sweep Varsity Reds; men lose a pair of tight games
The Memorial men's and women's basketball teams played host to the UNB Varsity Reds with the women sweeping their series and the men losing both despite two very competitive games.
The Memorial women's basketball team improved to 3-5 heading into the Christmas break with a pair of wins over the UNB Varsity Reds this weekend at the Field House.
Saturday Memorial 75 UNB 60 (boxscore)
Emily Jameson led Memorial to a 75-60 victory over UNB on Saturday night at the Field House. Jameson scored the first six points for Memorial on her way to 22 points in 23 minutes of play, including a perfect four of four from three-point territory, in the victory.
Memorial broke away from UNB late in the first quarter and did not relinquish the lead the rest of the game.
The halftime score was 39-29.
The Sea-Hawks increased their defensive pressure in the game forcing UNB to 29 turnovers while capitalizing on their transition opportunities.
Senior forward Grace Fishbein found a way to contribute despite struggling from the field, scoring on all eight of her free throws, on her way to finishing with 11 points. Rookie Sandra Amoah continued to be effective for Coach Partridge with 12 points and 3 blocks in the game.
Sophomore point guard Megan Robinson did well distributing the ball with 9 assists and only one turnover.
UNB was led by Claire Colborne who had 20 points in the loss, including eight from the free throw line.
Sunday Memorial 77 UNB 56 (boxscore)
Memorial opened Sunday's game on a 6-0 run and did not lose the lead the rest of the way as they defeated UNB 77-56 in AUS women's basketball action.
The Sea-Hawks broke the game open with a dominant third quarter that pushed the lead to twenty where they outscored UNB 25-13.
Memorial used a balance attack in the win with several players making big contributions. Megan Robinson went from distributor on Saturday to scorer on Sunday with a game-high 16 points to earn herself the 99.1 HITS FM Player of the Game in the win.
Kelia Pond responded after a tough shooting night on Saturday with a 15 point day on six of nine shooting. Seniors Grace Fishbein and Kim Devison both added 12 points.
As a team Memorial shot very well on Sunday with a field goal percentage of 44%. They also limited their turnovers to only 12 while forcing 24 UNB changes of possession.
UNB was led by Claire Colborne for the second day in a row with 15 points on 7-15 shooting.
Memorial improved to 3-5 with the weekend sweep while UNB fell to 0-6. Memorial are now in the middle of the pack in the AUS heading into the Christmas break.
The Sea-Hawk's next regular season action will be January 12 when they travel to Cape Breton for a weekend set against the Capers. The teams split their series earlier this season at the Field House during the Remembrance Day weekend.
The Memorial men's team basketball team (0-8) lost a pair of tightly contested games this weekend against the visiting UNB Varsity Reds.
Saturday UNB 77 Memorial 69 (boxscore)
The UNB Varsity Reds held on for a 77-69 victory over the Memorial Sea-Hawks on Saturday night. UNB opened the game on a 10-1 run but the Sea-Hawks caught fire in the second quarter and it would stay close until late when the Varsity Reds would seal the game late with free throws.
Daniel Quirion came out hot for the Varsity Reds as he had the team's first eight points of the game. UNB would use the 10-1 opening run to hold a 19-8 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Memorial gave the home crowd something to cheer about as they upped their intensity and mounted a comeback attempt in the second quarter. Third year forward Ryan Wood was attacking the basket and earning free throw attempts for MUN early in the second quarter. A Wood jumper with 4:33 left in the second quarter gave Memorial their first lead of the game 24-23.
At the half a pair of UNB free throws would make it 35-32 heading into the break.
UNB would hold the lead through the third quarter but never led by more than four points. Memorial cut the lead to just two heading into the fourth quarter.
In the fourth rookie Keegan MacNeil gave Memorial a spark as he scored eight consecutive points for the Sea-Hawks capped by a three-pointer that evened the score at 61-61 with six minutes to play.
With 4:25 left UNB pushed the lead to six on a Will McFee jumper. They then made good on their free throws to prevent Memorial from getting back into the game, finishing off a 77-69 victory.
Thirteen of UNB's 24 fourth quarter points came from the free throw line.
Three Varsity Reds had 15 points in the win as they were led by McFee, Quirion, and Matthew Daley. Pasadena native Aaron O'Brien play well for UNB with 8 points and 7 rebounds.
Wood led Memorial 19 points including 13 from the free throw line. Theo Stanoev had 13 points off the bench while MacNeill and Caleb Gould added 12 each. Gould was active on the glass and made several hustle plays, he led Memorial with 10 rebounds including 7 on the offensive glass. Wood also had 6 assists.
Sunday UNB 89 Memorial 79 (boxscore)
The UNB Varsity Reds used a big third quarter run to propel them to a 89-79 victory over Memorial on Sunday in AUS men's basketball play.
Memorial led by four points 22-18 after the first quarter of play. Ryan Wood continued his aggressive play in the early going to lead Memorial.
The game was back and forth in the second quarter with UNB cutting the lead to one on a Ryan Smith jumpshot to make it 43-42 for the Sea-Hawks at the break.
In the third quarter UNB caught fire going on a 18-2 run to open the quarter and push the lead to 15 with five minutes remaining in the third.
Early in the fourth Memorial would cut into the lead with a 9-0 run of their own, capped off by a Noel Moffatt three that made it a four point game with eight minutes to go.
UNB would respond as Matthew Daley had six straight points on his way to a 27 point effort off the bench, to push the lead back up to double-digits.
UNB did not relinquish the lead with the game ending 89-79 for the Varsity Reds.
Daley was the difference for UNB Sunday with 27 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals. Four other Varsity Reds were in double figures in the win including Aaron O'Brien who had 12 points, 6 rebounds and 6 blocks.
Ryan Wood continued to lead Memorial with 23 points and 6 rebounds. Moffatt added 14 while Theo Stanoev chipped in with 13 points on a tidy six of seven shooting.
Memorial heads into the break 0-8 with their next action in Sydney on January 12 and 13 where they'll play a weekend series against the Capers.