Huskies sweep Sea-Hawks to open AUS basketball season
The Memorial basketball teams had some trouble with the Saint Mary's Huskies in Halifax this weekend as both teams headed home still searching for their first wins of the young AUS basketball season.
Saturday Saint Mary's 63 Memorial 37 (boxscore)
The Saint Mary's Huskies, led by a 34 point effort from Justine Colley, led from start to finish Saturday night in Halifax, handing the Memorial Sea-Hawks a 62-37 loss to open the AUS regular season.
The Huskies came out aggressively, dominating the first quarter 24-9. The Memorial offense had trouble getting shots to fall and by halftime the team was in a 23-point hole, 37-14.
The second half was played fairly even but Memorial was unable to cut into the lead.
Colley shot 11-19 from the floor and added 11 rebounds in the win. No other Husky finished in double figures.
Memorial shot only 22.4% from the field in the loss including only one of fifteen from three-point territory. Ally Forsey led Memorial with ten points and six rebounds.
Memorial head coach Doug Partridge played his entire roster in the game with ten players getting more than ten minutes of playing time.
Sunday Saint Mary's 58 Memorial 49 (boxscore)
The Saint Mary's Huskies defeated the Memorial Sea-Hawks 58-49 in AUS women's basketball action Sunday to take the weekend doubleheader series.
Memorial played a much better defensive game on Sunday but an offensive cold snap allowed Saint Mary's to gain separation. Saint Mary's outscored Memorial 15-6 in the third quarter after going into the half with only a one-point lead.
Justine Colley once again led Saint Mary's in scoring with 17 points. However, Colley was only 8-18 from the field. Despite struggling from the floor Colley found a way to contribute as she made her free throw opportunities count and was active on the glass with 10 rebounds.
Memorial continued to struggle from the field, shooting only 27% in the game. Megan Robinson led the team with 11 points while Sam Kavanagh gave Memorial a boost off the bench with 10 points on four of six shooting, including two of two from three-point distance.
Memorial head coach Doug Partridge continued to give his bench opportunities to earn expanded roles in his rotation with nine Sea-Hawks playing twenty or more minutes in the game.
The Sea-Hawks next competition will be their home opener against the Cape Breton Capers at the Field House on November 10th. Game time is 6 p.m.
Saturday Saint Mary's 96 Memorial 51 (boxscore)
The Saint Mary's Huskies handed Memorial an opening day 96-51 loss on Saturday night at the Homburg Centre in Halifax.
Fourth year forward Harry Ezenibe was a force for Saint Mary's with 20 points on ten of thirteen shooting while adding ten rebounds. Three other Huskies were in double-figures scoring.
Sophomore forward Caleb Gould led Memorial with 18 points and 9 rebounds in 33 minutes of play.
Memorial had trouble protecting the ball against Saint Mary's. The Sea-Hawks had 34 turnovers in the game.
The halftime score was 57-32.
Sunday Saint Mary's 80 Memorial 62 (boxscore)
The Saint Mary's Huskies used a second quarter run to power their way past the visiting Memorial Sea-Hawks 80-62 in AUS men's basketball action Sunday afternoon in Halifax.
The Sea-Hawks (0-2) were much improved from Saturday night's game. The visitors won the second half but the second quarter hole, where SMU (2-0) outscored Memorial 26-7 was too deep to overcome.
Riley Halpin led the Huskies with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Harry Ezenibe added 17 points and 10 rebounds in the victory.
Rookie forward Alpha Kisusi was Memorial's top scorer with 14 points and a game-high 5 assists. Sophomore Noel Moffatt gave the Sea-Hawks a spark off the bench with 6 points and 7 rebounds in only 10 minutes of play. D'Avontai Moore added 8 points and 7 rebounds in the loss.
Memorial stayed with Saint Mary's on the glass but once again had trouble protecting the basketball with 29 turnovers to only 12 for Saint Mary's.
Memorial will host Cape Breton on Saturday November 10th at the Field House. Tip off is 8 p.m.