The Memorial Sea-Hawks (11-9) take on the Saint Mary's Huskies (11-9) in the quarterfinal of the 2018 SUBWAY AUS Basketball Championships at the Scotiabank Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The game is scheduled for 1:30pm NST and is available on Bell TV1 and AUStv.ca. Saint Mary's earned the fourth-place position, based on points at 32 compared to Memorial's 30, in the standings. These teams certainly have strong matchups to make an interesting competition in this early round of playoffs.
Saint Mary's and Memorial faced off in their final games of the regular season, ending in a split series. The Huskies edged the Sea-Hawks in a tight contest last Friday evening, while Memorial defeated the Huskies by 15 the following day. For the Huskies, their defense is their best asset, with great activity and energy, which was on display in their first match-up. The Sea-Hawks will look to match their offensive effort from the team's final matchup.
BY THE NUMBERS
36.2% - Memorial has a slight advantage over SMU in shooting percentages, sitting at 36.2% on the season, compared to SMU at 32.8%. The team that has the more efficient scoring performance will certainly gain an edge over the competition.
66.7% - SMU does not have a confident free throw percentage, sitting in second last position in the AUS. Memorial does not have to worry about consistent conversion at the line, but that does not condone complacency on the defensive end of the floor.
14.0 – SMU fortunately ranks in the second position for offensive rebounds in the AUS. Memorial certainly needs to gameplan around the strong rebounding capabilities of the Huskies, as they have difficulties securing rebounds and limiting the second chances.
70.5 – Memorial has a considerable difference in points per game as a team compared to SMU' 59 per game. If Memorial can provide their average level of scoring, they will have smooth sailing through the playoffs, but if SMU can create fewer opportunities to score, they will find success against the fast-paced Memorial Sea-Hawks.
Sydney Stewart (Memorial) – As one of their strongest scoring assets, Stewart provides more than points on the board, but an energy and spark every time she steps on the floor. Being a veteran for the Hawks allows her to understand the nuances of playoff basketball that will be imparted on the young core of the Hawks looking to prove themselves. The Hawks will rely on Stewart to lead the team, and provide a healthy dose of scoring.
Kennisha-Shanice Luberisse (SMU) – After having a strong weekend against the Hawks, Luberisse will be relied upon by the Huskies as she contributes on both ends of the floor, creating fast-break opportunities with her quick hands, and confident scoring on the offensive end.