The women’s Seawolves basketball team picked up their second win of the new year in exhibition action Sunday morning at the 2015 CAN-AM Classic held at UNB Saint John.
Originally, the Crandall University Chargers were supposed to play the Owls, however, due to weather conditions in the province, the women’s team were unable to make it to Saint John, so the Seawolves stepped in for the Chargers.
The University of Maine at Presque-Isle Owls pulled off an unrelenting effort against the stronger Seawolves side in the loss, revealing the home side’s weaknesses.
While the Seawolves got enough points on the board to win, the team’s play offensively was sloppy at times, causing 16 turnovers throughout the entire forty minutes.
A rallying Owls team in the third and fourth quarters netted successive three point shots due to unnecessary slowness by the Seawolves’ defensive effort to quickly take-away the shooting lane.
Despite the Seawolves missing all of their 14 three point shot attempts, there were glimmers of brilliance in their game.
In a play that helped insure the Seawolves win, fifth year player Leanne Davis expertly kept a tricky bouncing ball from going out of play that led to rookie Megan Baisley netting two points on the lay up. Davis was awarded player of the game for the Seawolves.
Speaking of Megan Baisley, Seawolves head coach Kevin Munro said Baisley has been the Seawolves’ standout rookie player in the CAN-AM Classic:
“She is very strong defensively, a good rebounder, smart with the ball, she doesn’t turn the ball over, and works very hard on both ends of the court.”
Baisley ended the game with 22:33 minutes played and with 6 points, 2 rebounds and 1 assist.
Darby Toth, player of the game for the Owls, finished the match with 17 points, 8 rebounds, and 3 steals. She made the Seawolves pay with a 44% three point shots made average.
Toth, along with teammate Brianna Losee who was given 13 three point shot attempts, were repeatedly given too much space on the three point line, which could have easily resulted in a Seawolves loss rather than win.
The women’s Seawolves play again this afternoon at 3:00pm versus the University of Maine at Fort Kent Bengals.
The women’s Seawolves basketball team will look to mend their errors soon as ACAA action gets underway with an away game against the Crandall University Chargers next Saturday at 1:00pm. This game, and all other home and away ACAA basketball games can be watched live and for free at www.acaatv.ca