Hurricanes Women’s Basketball: Canes Drops Three Games
February 21, 2013
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Charlottetown, PE – It wasn’t a good weekend for the women’s basketball Hurricanes as they dropped all three games they played, even with the return of point guard and team captain Steph Hiltz.
Hiltz came back after missing nine games with a concussion, and it looked like she hadn’t missed a beat as the Halifax native went off for 38 points, six rebounds and three assists in her return at home on Saturday.
“It feels like home,” she said.
Unfortunately, Hiltz’s offensive explosion wasn’t enough as Holland College fell 80-72 to the UNB-Saint John Seawolves.
Megan Spicer provided the majority of the secondary scoring for the Hurricanes, putting up 16 points, three assists and three rebounds.
Monica Newman provided a spark off the bench for the Seawolves with 20 points and five rebounds in 20 minutes of floor time, while Christie Smith (12 points, four rebounds, three assists), Laura Simonds (12 points, three rebounds) and Rachel Jefferson (10 points, four blocks, four steals) all scored in double figures.
Hurricanes head coach Mike Connolly was quick to give credit to the Seawolves afterward.
“They’re a good basketball team, and we’ve played even with them two out of three games this season,” he said.
A 3-pointer from Hiltz gave the Hurricanes a 72-71 lead late in the fourth quarter, but foul trouble led to a 9-0 run for UNB-Saint John to close out the game.
Holland College lacked discipline at the end, and it’s something that needs to be addressed, Hiltz said.
“Our focus wasn’t there, nor was the intensity that we needed. We have to improve on that, especially in the playoffs.”
The Hurricanes’ lack of defensive intensity at the end did them in, Connolly said.
“We generate a lot of our offence through our defence, and whenever our defensive intensity is there, we’re pretty good. When it isn’t there, like in the last few minutes, things can break down pretty quickly.”
Things didn’t get any better for the Hurricanes in Halifax against Mount St. Vincent, coming out on the wrong end of an 84-55 decision.
Emma Reardon led the Mystics with 24 points, seven assists and six rebounds while backcourt partner Chelsea MacKay added 21 points, six assists and five steals.
Kara Hayes was a force down low for Mount St. Vincent, picking up 13 rebounds to go along with six points.
Holland College statistics from this game are unavailable.
To complete the long weekend, Holland College travelled across town to battle University of King’s College.
The Hurricanes started out slow, allowing the Blue Devils to jump out to an early lead they wouldn’t relinquish en route to a 75-64 result.
Holland College brought the game to within five points late in the fourth quarter, but back-to-back steals from Madisen Jennex restored a comfortable lead for King’s College.
The duo of Bhreagh Moore and Wendy Margetts gave Holland College fits throughout the game. Moore led the Blue Devils with 17 points and 10 rebounds, while Margetts also registered a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds.
Hiltz and Spicer again provided the majority of the Hurricanes’ firepower. Hiltz finished with 27 points, five rebounds and four assists, but she also turned the ball over 10 times. Meanwhile, Spicer finished with 15 points and five rebounds.
Holland College continued its slide down the ACAA standings, having lost six of their last seven games to fall into fourth place on a 10-9 record with a home game against Mount Allison (Saturday, 2 p.m.) and a road game against Dalhousie Agricultural College (Sunday, 2 p.m.) remaining on their schedule.
The Hurricanes can finish no higher than fourth in the conference, as King’s College owns the head-to-head tiebreaker if the teams were to finish tied in the standings.
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