After getting their season off to a promising start, things went south for the UNB Varsity Reds women’s basketball team this past weekend in Halifax.
The Varsity Reds fell to 2-2 on the season following back-to-back losses to the Saint Mary’s Huskies. UNB had opened the season strong, defeating the Acadia Axewomen twice at the Currie Center.
The Huskies improved to 3-0 with the wins. Last year’s Atlantic University Sport champions went 20-0 during regular season play in 2013-14.
On Friday night, the Varsity Reds managed to keep things close in the first half. UNB trailed by just two at the end of the first quarter and by eight at halftime.
In the third quarter, the Huskies began to pull away. UNB was outscored 18-8 in the quarter and trailed 46-28 heading into the fourth. Despite outscoring Saint Mary’s 20-18 in the final quarter, it wasn’t enough as the Huskies defeated the Reds 64-48.
Katelyn Mangold led the way for the V-Reds, recording 10 points and nine rebounds in 23 minutes of action. Nicole LaFleur and Kiley DeLong came off the bench to post nine points each.
On Saturday, the Huskies opened the game on a 7-0 run and never looked back. They led 17-8 after the first quarter and 33-16 at halftime. Saint Mary’s continued to pour it on the rest of the way and defeated UNB 59-45.
Grace Wade led all UNB players with 12 points in 33 minutes of play. Mangold had a team high nine rebounds.
The Varsity Reds men’s basketball team had much better luck this past weekend, sweeping Saint Mary’s to get their season off to a 4-0 start.
On Friday, the V-Reds went on a 17-0 run early in the first quarter and led 28-18 at the end of the opening frame. The Huskies had a better second quarter but couldn’t catch the Reds, trailing 47-39 at halftime.
In the third, Saint Mary’s got within one midway through but UNB managed to maintain their lead. In the fourth, the Huskies were up 72-70 with less than three minutes to go but a big three-point shot from Will McFee put UNB back in front and they would stay there, going on to win 82-75.
Javon Masters led the way for UNB with 23 points, which included going 14/14 from the free throw line.
On Saturday, the Reds hit triple digits for the first time in this year’s regular season, defeating the Huskies 108-91. UNB led by as much as 20 points during the game.
Saint Mary’s got off to a good start, going on a 7-0 run to open the game. But UNB quickly kicked things into gear and led 20-18 at the end of the opening quarter.
The Reds put up 29 points in both the second and third quarters and 30 in the fourth to hit triple digits.
Masters once again led the way for UNB, recording a team high 28 points in 38 minutes of play. Jordan Irvine came off the bench to post 18 points in 24 minutes.
Both Varsity Reds teams return home to host StFX this weekend at the Currie Center. The women’s team faces the X-Women at 6 p.m. on Friday and 4 p.m. on Saturday while the men’s team takes on the X-Men at 8 p.m. on Friday and 6 p.m. on Saturday.