Antigonish, NS - The Memorial Sea-Hawks (2-2) made it back-to-back wins over the StFX X-Women (0-4) with a victory in AUS basketball action Sunday afternoon at Oland Centre.
The visitors jumped to a quick 8-0 edge, propelled by a pair of jump shots from Subway player of the game Sydney Stewart (Sarnia, ON).
By the midway point of the first quarter, the X-Women trimmed the Sea-Hawk lead to 8-6. On the strength of a late 5-2 spurt, Memorial took a 15-10 advantage after a low-scoring first quarter.
Bridging the end of the opening 10 minutes and the start of the second quarter, the Sea-Hawks fashioned a 9-2 burst, led by a pair of driving hoops from Brooklynn Wright (Cambridge, ON), to make it 19-10. A three-point shot from Chelsea Provo (East Preston, NS) stopped the Memorial surge.
On a driving left-handed lay-up from Wright, the Sea-Hawks took their largest lead to that point - 27-15 - midway through the second quarter.
In the final seconds before halftime, freshman guard Jessica Miller (Mount Denson, NS) swished a jumper, from downtown, to cut the X-Women's deficit to 11. On a buzzer beater by Lindsay Taylor (Waterloo, ON), after collecting an offensive rebound, the Sea-Hawks led 39-26 at halftime.
Early in the third quarter, a three-pointer from Stewart gave Memorial a 44-28 advantage. After the X-Women fell behind by 18, Provo scored three consecutive points to make it 48-33.
With three minutes left in the quarter, the Sea-Hawks took a 48-33 lead, on a steal and lay-up from Carolyn Adams (Ottawa, ON). Memorial was up 59-36, heading to the fourth quarter.
The X-Women made a couple pushes in the final minutes, but they could get no closer than 15 points.
For the winners, Stewart finished with a game-high 12 points, while adding three rebounds, two assists and one steal. Wright, with 11, and Sydney Ezekiel (St. John's, NL), with 10, hit double digits for Memorial.
Korenda Colley (Dartmouth, NS), the X-Women player of the game contributed 10 points, seven rebounds, two steals and one blocked shot. Kim Taylor (Toronto, ON) finished with 11 points, nine rebounds, four assists, two blocks and one steal, while Provo added 10 points, seven rebounds, two steals and one assist.
The X-Women will be back on the court Thursday, Nov. 17, when they face the Dalhousie Tigers in Halifax. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m.
The Sea-Hawks will host the Cape Breton University Capers Saturday, Nov. 19, at 6 p.m. NST in Saint John's.