The UNB Saint John Seawolves women’s basketball team took on the Mount Allison Mounties in the annual Kingston Cup Memorial game last weekend.
The game, with both Mountie and Seawolves fans present, has been an annual event since its inception in 2001. The rivalry game is played out at UNB Saint John, and both the men’s and women’s team play for the Kingston Cup, which was handcrafted by Doug Kingston in honor of his late wife, Mary.
The purpose of the game is to showcase the young talent at both schools, while preserving the memory of Mary. The funds raised during the game have been matched by the Students’ Representative Council, and is given out in the form of bursaries to two UNB Saint John students at the Annual Athletics Awards Banquet.
The first quarter started out slow for both teams, with the Mounties taking a slow 3-1 lead. But after a couple substitutions from both side, the energy on the court seemed to intensify.
“It was a huge team effort from everyone.” Said forward Sophie Sharp, the player of the game. “Everyone has their role on and off the court, and I think they executed those roles really well.”
The score remained close for the majority of the first period, and it wasn’t until less than a minute left that the Mounties were able to pull away. The first quarter ended with a score of 16-11 for the visitors.
The start of the second quarter saw a new line-up for the Wolves, one that proved to be quite fierce, as they were able to take their first lead of the game after Megan Baisley’s much needed shot from behind the arc. The Wolves were able to maintain their lead until the half, when the Mounties gained momentum.
Both teams traded the lead back and forth, with the second quarter ending with a score 32-30, in favor of the Mounties.
“We played really good team basketball, but we were too satisfied with how we played in the first half and didn’t bring that intensity into the second half.” According to fifth-year forward, Ally McLaughlin.
Strong defense from both teams kept the score close during the beginning of the third period, until about four minutes in that the Mounties began to pull away. The Wolves only managed to score five points during the quarter, while Mount Allison squad dropped 21.
“We came up a bit short this time, but we will definitely be 100% ready the next time we play them”, said Sharp.
These thoughts were shared by McLaughlin, post-game. “We know we can play better than that and win games and we’re looking forward to playing them again.”
The start of the fourth quarter sparked some light for UNB Saint John, and they were able to bring the score back within eight points. Unfortunately, their determination wasn’t enough for the Wolves, and the game ended with a final score of 66-54.
Jillian McNally and Kathryn Magee were the top scorers for the Wolves, each with nine points.
Kiersten Mangold was the game’s leading scorer with 16 points and five rebounds. Jill Harris was named Player of the Game for the Mounties, adding three points and four rebounds of her own.
The Seawolves have now dropped to 1-5 on the season, while the Mounties have improved to 7-1.
UNB Saint John is scheduled to play on the 20th, as they travel to Halifax to take on the Mount Saint Vincent University Mystics. Tip-off is scheduled at 2:00 pm for the women, followed by a game time of 4:00 pm for the men.
Games can be streamed online at acaatv.ca