UNBSJ’s women’s basketball team lost a hard-fought battle at home on Sunday January 26. The final score was 65-40 in favour of the St. Thomas University (STU) Tommies. Although the game was lost, the Seawolves did not back down. Starting for UNBSJ were #3 Julia Bennett, #10 Jillian McNally, #11 Kathryn Magee, #14 Hannah Grossman, and #15 Sophie Sharp.
Captain Kathryn Magee started off the game with a major three-point shot to amp up the team and the crowd. The Tommies reacted to the shot by bringing out their full-court press, which shook the Seawolves. At the end of the first quarter, UNBSJ was trailing STU, 15-10.
The teams were tied with their scoring during the second quarter, which worried STU, and caused them to take a timeout due to the Seawolves’ pressure. At half, the score was close, STU with 22 and UNBSJ with 17.
To start the second half, STU came out with a 3-point shot, but it didn’t faze Grossman of UNBSJ, as she responded with another three-point basket. Magee of UNBSJ lead the team in scoring with 14 points, with McNally following with a respectable eight points.
At the end of the fourth quarter, both teams got into foul trouble. Sharp of UNBSJ fouled out after her tough defensive game. Despite the best efforts of the Seawolves, STU came out on top, with a final score of 65 points for the Tommies, and 40 points for the Wolves.
The UNBSJ men’s basketball team also took on the Tommies on Sunday, but had the same result as the women’s team. The final score was 77-72 for the Tommies. The starting line-up for the Seawolves was #5 Hunter Gray, #8 Austin Brun, #11 Jack Fury-Miller, #13 Adam Lambert, and #23 Jacob Vickers.
The Tommies won the tip, but that didn’t mean much, as the Seawolves came out with fire in their eyes. Fury-Miller of UNBSJ had the first basket of the game, which was quickly followed by a monster block by Brun of UNBSJ to set STU back a notch. UNBSJ’s Vickers hit his only three-point shot to end the first quarter, so we thought; STU hit a buzzer-beater three-point shot to bring the first quarter to a close. The score heading into the second quarter was 28-12 in favour of STU. This was due to their insane three-point shot tally, with a total of five made in the first.
UNBSJ captain Hunter Gray came into the second quarter with a huge three-point shot, followed by defensive pressure from UNBSJ, causing the Tommies to call a time-out.
During the third quarter, both teams got into foul trouble. It started with #14 from STU and Vickers from UNBSJ getting a double foul, followed by a technical foul called on #7 Tanner Hoyt of the Seawolves. Two players for the Tommies were fouled out, and Brun for UNBSJ was also fouled out.
In the middle of the fourth quarter, Gray of UNBSJ had a major block to shot down a STU layup to turn on the fire for UNBSJ, who were still trailing behind STU. Gray followed the block with a pass to Vickers, who made the shot to make it a seven-point game.
The final score was 77-72 in favour of the Tommies. The Seaolves put up a strong fight and did not lose steam throughout the entire game.
More games this weekend
As UNBSJ Seawolves’ fans, we should be very proud of the performances put on by both basketball teams this weekend. Their next home games are Saturday February 1, 2020, with the women playing at 2 p.m., with the men to follow at 4 p.m.