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V-Reds women’s basketball team starts season off with two wins

The UNB Varsity Red’s women’s basketball team got their Atlantic University Sport regular season off to a good start this past weekend.

UNB defeated the Acadia Axewomen 60-54 on Friday and 72-53 on Saturday to give them a 2-0 record to start the season.

“I don’t think we played eight good quarters of basketball but we played enough good basketball to get two wins. We’ll definitely take it,” said Varsity Reds head coach Jeff Speedy following Saturday’s game.

UNB and Acadia finished last season with identical 5-15 records and each missed the playoffs. The teams are on similar tracks but Speedy believed UNB had an advantage going into the weekend.

“I think they’re a team that didn’t make the playoffs last year – like us. They lost their best player and we lost our starting point guard and both teams have pretty much everybody else back. I guess you could say both of us are kind of working our way back up the ladder.

“They were missing their starting point guard this weekend, which clearly hurts them. Without her they’re a much different team. With the fact that she wasn’t there we should have won both games for sure.”

In Friday’s opener at the Richard J Currie Center, Acadia opened the game on a 7-0 run and led 14-5 after the first quarter. But UNB rebounded in a big way in the second, putting up 24 points to lead 29-22 at halftime.

The two sides battled things out for the remainder of the game. The Axewomen tied the game up at 48-48 with 6:35 to go but a Kiley DeLong jump shot a minute later put the Varsity Reds in front. From there, UNB went on to a 60-54 victory.

UNB’s Laura Kaye was named the player of the game, posting a team high 17 points in 26 minutes of action.

On Saturday afternoon, the Varsity Reds took advantage of some unorganized and sloppy play by the Axewomen in the first quarter. UNB led 20-3 after the first with Acadia hitting their first field goal of the game with just 11 seconds remaining.

In the second, the Axewomen started to heat up a bit, managing to get within 10 points with a few minutes remaining in the half. UNB was able to stay in control though and led 31-18 at halftime.

UNB continued to roll through the second half, putting up 22 points in the third quarter. The Reds led by 20 midway through the fourth and remained in control of the game throughout, winning 72-53.

DeLong was named the player of the game with 14 points and 12 rebounds in 24 minutes of action.

“Everyone played well,” said DeLong. “We got everyone into the game. It’s always nice to get a sweep at home for our first games of the season.”

“We thought we could win today by double digits if we played better than yesterday,” said Speedy on Saturday. “It kind of became about just trying to play better and doing some of the things we’ve been trying to do for two months down the stretch.”

UNB is on the road this weekend, travelling to Halifax to take on the Saint Mary’s Huskies on Friday and Saturday. They return home to host the StFX X-Women on Friday, Nov. 21 and Saturday, Nov. 22.

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