The Memorial Sea-Hawks topped the Dalhousie Tigers 80-58 in their home opener on Saturday night from The Field House. The win was the Sea-Hawks first of the season and improves their record to 1-2 on the season. The loss was the Tigers first of the season, which drops their record to 2-1.
Memorial started the game struggling from the field, getting great looks early but finding difficulty converting. Dalhousie started strong taking an early lead, but Memorial quickly got back on track by pushing the tempo and taking advantage of the Tigers in transition. The Sea-Hawks would end the first quarter with an 18-11 lead.
Memorial was able to keep the momentum going in the second quarter and extended their lead to 20 points going into the half. Lindsay Taylor was perfect from the 3-point line in the quarter (4/4), finishing with 12 points.
Despite strong shooting in the third, the Tigers struggled to maintain any consistent offense. Roberta Charles had a strong performance leading her team with a double-double (16 points, 13 rebounds on 6/16 shooting).
The Sea-Hawks had a great second half performance, which was propelled by Brook Wright’s 9 third quarter points. Memorial also received solid contributions from Sydney Stewart (17 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists on 6/13 shooting), Lindsay Taylor (12 points, on 4/7 shooting from three-point range) and Hallie Nickerson (15 points off the bench, on 6/15 shooting).
Nickerson also earned herself Subway Player of the Game honours.
Memorial maintained their approach of quick transition buckets and found great success, closing out the third 65-42, and the final score, 80-58.
The Sea-Hawks and Tigers will complete the weekend series today with tip-off scheduled for 12pm. The game is also available on AUStv.ca
The Dalhousie Tigers spoiled the Sea-Hawks home opener with an 87-54 victory, which drops Memorial’s record to 0-3 on the season. The 3-time defending AUS champion Tigers now sit at 3-0 and atop the AUS standings.
The Dalhousie Tigers started the game with great confidence, tempo, and organization. The offense developed without an agenda, players finding the open man and hitting shots off clean rotations.
Memorial had difficulties keeping the same pace as the Tigers, but they managed to contain their offense. Nathan Barker (15 points on 7/9 shooting) started strong for the Sea-Hawks, with a great and-one and an alley-oop play to provide a spark.
The Sea-Hawks and Tigers would exchange baskets for the majority of the first half, with Dalhousie holding a 30-27 advantage with 2:25 left to play in the half. Dalhousie finished the half on a 10-2 run behind some stifling defense. The Tigers would go into the break with a 40-29 lead.
Despite a strong first half, the Sea-Hawks had a great challenge trying to continue their efforts in controlling Dalhousie’ great offensive power.
The third quarter was exceptional for the Tigers, stroking it from all over the court. Memorial was outscored 38 to 21 in the third behind the Tigers exceptional shooting (83.3% FG, 85.7% 3PT).
Paddy Dawe was a positive factor for the Sea-Hawks (10 points, 7 rebounds on 4/8 shooting), providing great energy on the backboard, as well as well-earned hustle points. Against Memorial’ best efforts, it proved too little against the Tigers offensive onslaught; The Tigers finished the third 78-50, and the final score, 87-64.
Subway Player of the Game honours were awarded to Dalhousie’ Kevin Duong (15 points on 6/10 shooting).
The Sea-Hawks and Tigers will complete the weekend series Sunday with tip-off scheduled for 2pm. The game is also available on AUStv.ca