On Saturday, Nov. 1, the UNBSJ women’s basketball team played their season opener against Mount Saint Vincent University on home turf.
Christie Van Steeg opened up the game hitting two threes for the Seawolves in the first few minutes. Both teams were neck and neck in the first quarter, but MSVU hit a twelve foot buzzer beater to give them the lead by two heading into the second.
There were three times the score was tied, and three lead changes in the first half. Half way through the second quarter, the Seawolves found themselves with a 25 – 24 lead, however MSVU pulled together and locked in on defense, pulling away with a 34 – 27 lead to end the first half.
Mount Saint Vincent didn’t stop there either, they came out of the locker room fired up. Big stops at the rim and strong outlet passes ended up giving six open threes for MSVU before UNBSJ could respond.
There was no lack of effort however from the Seawolves, throughout the whole game there were girls diving for balls resulting in a couple girls from MSVU needing to be helped off the court.
The third quarter was especially scrappy. With only seconds remaining, there were five bodies all on the ground fighting for a loose ball.
The fourth quarter was more of the same from MSVU and it was just too much for the Wolves to handle. They continued their hot shooting from beyond the arc, starting the quarter three for three from three.
The Seawolves could not recover from the deep deficit and lost a hard fought battle, 84 – 50. Rachel Jefferson led the team in both points and rebounds with fourteen and eight respectively.