The Holland Hurricanes men’s and women’s basketball teams were in Halifax, Nova Scotia on Sunday afternoon to take on the University of King’s College (UKC) Blue Devils in Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association (ACAA) regular season play.
Both ‘Canes teams came away victorious with the women winning 88-73 while the men rallied late for a 91-86 win.
In the women’s game, the ‘Canes jumped out to 28-12 lead after the first quarter and led 54-34 at the half. UKC would cut into the lead in the second half but the ‘Canes would eventually walk away with the 15-point victory.
Sophie Atkinson had 24 points off the bench for the Hurricanes to lead the scoring while also recording six rebounds, two assists, and one steal.
Aki Kobayashi had 19 points, four rebounds, four assists, four steals, and a block while Courtney Cain-Nordin had 14 points with Ashley Plaggenhoef adding ten points, seven rebounds, two assists, and three steals.
Kassandra Little added nine points, six rebounds, and six steals while Danielle McKinnon chipped in with eight points.
The Hurricanes move to 10-3 on the season and sit in a three-way tie for first place in the ACAA standings with Mount Saint Vincent University (MSVU) and St. Thomas University (STU).
With the loss the Blue Devils fall to 9-5 on the season and sit in fourth.
In the men’s game, the Hurricanes trailed 24-21 after a quarter but would battle back to take a 46-44 lead into the half-time break. The ‘Canes would then fall behind again in the third and trailed 67-63 heading to the fourth.
With just over five and a half minutes left in the game, the ‘Canes would find themselves down 78-70, however, a combination of hot shooting and terrific defense would allow the ‘Canes to go on a 21-8 run to close the game and pick up a five-point win.
Jordan Holness led the ‘Canes with 27 points with Adrian Thompson close behind with 26. Holness added five rebounds while Thompson had seven rebounds and two steals.
Jayden McMullen added 11 points, seven rebounds, and a steal while John Alex Vos and Bryce Corless each chipped in with six points. Vos added seven rebounds while Corless had five rebounds, one assist, and one steal.
Nate Anderson led the way on the glass with 13 rebounds to go along with two assists, one block, and five points.
With the win, the ‘Canes move to 10-3 on the season and are tied with Mount Allison University for first in the conference standings. The Blue Devils are 2-12 on the season and sit in seventh place.
The men’s and women’s Hurricanes return to the court this Friday, February 14 when they host the Crandall Chargers at the Holland College Centre for Community Engagement (CCE) at 5 and 7pm (w/m). The Chargers women enter the weekend at 0-14 (seventh) while the men are 5-9 (fifth). The men’s and women’s ‘Canes have each defeated the Chargers twice already this season.
The Hurricanes will then host the Mount Allison University Mounties on Sunday at 2 and 4pm (w/m). The Mounties women (5-8) are currently in fifth position while the men’s Mounties and Hurricanes will be battling for top spot as they’re currently tied for first in the conference. The women’s Hurricanes have won both meetings with the Mounties this season while the men have split the two games.
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For more information about this release, please contact:
Daniel Cudmore, Athletics Development and Communications Coordinator
Tel: (902) 894-6870
Date: Monday, February 10, 2020