ST. JOHN'S, NL - The Memorial Sea-Hawks fell short after a tough battle against the STFX X-Women. The game came to an end with a final score of 71-60 for STFX as the X-Women earned their first regular season win.
The Sea-Hawks Alana Short opened up the game with a swift layup into the net. Katie Upham for the X-Women quickly retaliated with a two-point jump shot to put her team on the board. The X-Women struggled to find their momentum throughout the first few minutes of the quarter allowing the Sea-Hawks to take the lead.
However STFX began maintaining possession and finding the back of the net, specifically with Mali Straker capturing a three-pointer during the later end of the quarter bringing them to a 15-10 lead by the end of the first.
X-Women's Kristine Cooper started off the second quarter hitting a solid three-point shot just 13 seconds in. Sea-Hawks Brooke LeDevehat showed that she can do the same and captured a three for herself. Players on both sides followed along with three's from STFX's Laia Torrent Blanco and Alisha McNeil, and Sea-Hawks Hannah Green and Alana Short.
The two teams continued their back and forth battle with Memorial beginning to find their groove in an attempt to close the gap however, they fell short, ending the first half with the X-Women leading 37-31 at the halftime break.
STFX's Cooper was the top scorer throughout the first half capturing nine points. Upham was not far behind, netting her team eight points. Memorial's Alyssa Jenkins found the basket for eight first-half points, while Short contributed seven.
Short and Hannah Green started off the third quarter hitting a pair of baskets for the Sea-Hawks. While the X-Women struggled to hit the boards, Rebecka Ekström for the Sea-Hawks found herself hitting a pair of three-pointers with ease, working to close the gap between the teams.
The X-Women were playing a strong deep zone forcing the Sea-Hawks to shoot for 3s, allowing Green to capture another pair from beyond the three-point arc. Nearing the end of the third quarter, STFX's McNeil was fouled by Claire Hickman, and she was able to hit both shots allowing X to extend their lead. Jenkins then hit two successful free throws for Memorial to tie the game. However, STFX found the net one last time, ending the quarter leading 55-53.
In the final quarter, the X-Women were strong on the rebounds and were able to stretch the lead. Cooper found her team seven points through free throws and three- pointers. Sea-Hawk's Jenkins fought hard on the court for her team with strong defense.
The X-Women were able to maintain their lead and win the game with the 71-60 margin.
The top scorers of the game came from Upham and Cooper with 18 points each for STFX. Shannon Neita scored 10 points.
For the Sea-Hawks the top scorer was Jenkins with 14 points. Green finished with 12 points, and Short scored 11.
The Sea-Hawks will be back on the court tomorrow, November 11th at the fieldhouse to again face the X-Women again. Tip-off is 6:00 pm.
Recap courtesy Memorial Athletics