The UNB Saint John Seawolves women’s basketball team was swept by the visiting University of King’s College (UKC) Blue Devils this weekend in a home-and-home doubleheader.
The games, which were played out at the G. Forbes Elliot Athletic Centre, counted for the Wolves’ 9th and 10th losses of the season.
Saturday’s game started off showing the Wolves’ dominance while the Blue Devils remained point-less in the first three minutes of the period. Both teams continued to trade points and the lead. A couple of foul shots from Megan Baisley put the Wolves back on top at 9-8. But UKC’s offense was able to outshine the Wolves, ending the quarter 17-12 for the visitors.
The second quarter began with a burst of energy from the Wolves, with Kelsey Simon (Fredericton, NB) putting up two points for the home team. Following Simon’s basket, two free throws from Baisley brought the Wolves back within one point.
After a couple minutes without either team scoring, UNB Saint John called a timeout hoping to re-energize the team. It wasn’t for another few minutes that Baisley ended the drought with a much-needed jump shot.
Unfortunately, the Blue Devils went on a run, ending the half with a score of 31-22 for the visiting team.
The Wolves’, notorious for their third-quarter play, surprised the full crowd and slowly began to cut their deficit, managing to get within two points.
The Blue Devils responded with a couple shots of their own, and a run in the last two minutes resulted in a 50-37 lead.
In the fourth quarter, both teams scored a basket before slowing down. More than two minutes passed before the Blue Devils scored again, and another three before the Wolves could respond.
Down nine points, the Wolves took a time-out, and slowly lessened the lead. With only a minute left, the Wolves scored nine points, but their efforts weren’t enough to out-match the Blue Devils, ending the game 61-51.
Sunday’s game started out strong for both teams until midway through the first quarter, when the Blue Devils began to pull away.
A couple of well-placed foul shots and a jumper gave UKC an early 11-5 lead. The Wolves responded with a few of their own, but it wasn’t enough, ending period 18-11 in favor of the visitors.
The second quarter saw some of the Wolves’ excellent defense, as the Blue Devils were unable to score for the first minute. A basket from Kathryn Magee (Saint John, NB) followed by a free throw from Sara Simkins (Weldon, NB) put the Wolves back within reaching distance.
Both teams were held to 11 points in the quarter and went into half-time with a score of 29-22 for the Blue Devils.
Neither team demonstrated much energy coming out of the half, and it was almost a minute and a half before the score changed. UKC slowly began to pull away and went on a nine-point run to end the third.
A foul from Simon opened up the fourth, resulting in another two points for the Blue Devils. The score remained at a standstill for a while, until UKC came back with another two points. Both teams worked hard to best each other, but the Wolves were unable to come back. The game ended with a score 59-42 for the visiting team.
With the loss, UNB Saint John drops to 2-11, and remains sixth in the conference. The Blue Devils are now 6-8, and remain in fifth.
Jessica Simm of the Blue Devils led all scorers with 25 points and 14 rebounds. Baisley led the Wolves with 10 points and 4 rebounds.
UNB Saint John is scheduled to play on Sunday, February 11th, as they host the Holland College Hurricanes in support of the annual Think Pink event. Tip-off is scheduled is for 3:30 PM and the men’s game is scheduled for 5:30 pm.
Games can be streamed at acaatv.ca