Sea-Hawks to compete in 2013 Subway AUS Women's Basketball Championship this weekend

This weekend Memorial will compete in the 2013 Subway AUS Women's Basketball Championship in Fredericton. The fifth-ranked Sea-Hawks will take on the fourth-ranked Dalhousie Tigers in the first quarterfinal match at 6 p.m. on Friday at the Richard J. Currie Centre on the campus of UNB.

 

MUN Sea-HawksThe Sea~Hawks enter the championship on a tremendous run, winning six or their final seven regular season games to finish the season with a record of 11-9. Memorial split a weekend series with Dalhousie at the Field House back in January, their only head-to-head competition this season.

 

The Sea-Hawks have shown good ball movement this season, leading the AUS in assists per game and assist-to-turnover-ratio. The Sea~Hawks have also been successful at stretching the oppositions defence by hitting outside shots. The Memorial long-range shooters led the AUS in three-point percentage this season.

 

Grace FishbeinMemorial has received a contribution from a number of players this year and is led in scoring by seniors Grace Fishbein (15.4 points per game) and Ally Forsey (12.4 points per game). Fourth year guard Emily Jameson has had a good year defensively and has added 10.9 points per game.

 

The Dalhousie offence runs through guard Keisha Brown, who is second in the AUS in points per game with 20.8. Brown is also a consistent threat from beyond the arc, accounting for 50 of the 109 three-pointers the Tigers have made this year.

 

Dalhousie led the AUS in field goal percentage this season and ranked second in total rebounds and assists per game. They are led in the paint by Anna Von maltzahn. Van maltzahn was the only player to average a double-double in the AUS this season and led the league in every rebounding category.

 

Dalhousie have lost four of five coming into the championship and finished the season with a record of 10-10.

 

If the Sea-Hawks can defeat Dalhousie they will play the top-seeded Saint Mary's Huskies on Saturday in the first semi-final at 6p.m.

 

Saint Mary's is the pre-tournament favorite after going 18-2 in the regular season. Dynamic guard Justine Colley leads the Huskies with a league-leading 28.2 points per game and shot an impressive 49.5% from the field during the regular season.

 

The Huskies led the AUS in points per game and steals this season and enter the playoffs as the fourth ranked team in the nation.

 

The winner of the AUS Championship will move on to the CIS Championship in Regina, March 15-17.

 

All AUS Championship games will be broadcast live from www.austv.ca

 

The championship schedule is as follows:

Friday, March 8th – Quarter-finals
#1: Memorial (5) vs. Dalhousie (4), 6:00pm
#2: UNB (6) vs. Acadia (3), 8:00pm

 

Saturday, March 9th – Semi-finals
#1: QF #1 Winner vs. Saint Mary's (1), 6:00pm
#2: QF #2 Winner vs. StFX (2), 8:00pm

Sunday, March 10th – Final
AUS Championship Game: Semi-final winners, 2:00pm
*all times AST