Women's basketball off to Charlottetown for AUS Championships
The fourth seed Sea~Hawks (9-11) will take on the fifth seed Dalhousie Tigers (10-10) in the first quarterfinal game Friday night. The two teams split a four point series in early February on the Tigers home court. The rubber match being played at UPEI’s Chi-Wan Young Sports Centre should maintain a fast pace with plenty of scoring opportunities coming off of the fast break.
The young Sea~Hawks will rely heavily on their athleticism to provide a menacing defense while capitalizing on the transition opportunities it creates. Head coach Doug Partridge has his team focused and prepared and offered an honest take on the team’s mentality heading into the weekend, “we are excited to be in the postseason with such a young team and the team is looking forward to the challenge of playing at UPEI.” Their opponent the Dalhousie Tigers offer a talented one-two punch on offence with Courtney Thompson and Tessa Stammberger third and fifth in the conference with 17 points per game (ppg) and 16.2ppg respectively. Stammberger the AUS leader in offensive rebounds with 3 per game will pose a major challenge for the undersized Sea~Hawks who are without a true post presence.
This weekend will mark the final AUS games for St. John’s native, and former Sea~Hawk Emily Jameson . Jameson following graduation transferred upon being accepted into the MBA program at SMU. The UPEI Panthers are making their long awaited return to the AUS Championships due in large part to the contributions from two athletes from St. John’s, Amy Gough and Laura Power. The sixth seeded Panthers are looking to upend the third seed CBU Capers in the second game Friday night.
All games will also be webcast live on www.AUStv.ca and Sea~Hawks fans can follow their team on twitter @MUNathletics