Tommies battle the Hurricanes over the weekend

(Megan Aiken/AQ)

After coming off a huge home win over the second place Mount Saint Vincent Mystics last weekend, the women’s Tommies had a week off to prepare for Holland College and it showed as they cruised to a 71-29 victory.

The Tommies showed no rust in the opening quarter as they shot over 40 per cent from the field and quickly went up by 10 over the Hurricanes. The second quarter was much of the same thing as Coach Connors continued to rotate players in the game and everyone contributed to the team as they led by 20 heading into the half.

The second half was when the Tommies really started to put the hammer to the Hurricanes and made sure that there was no possible way of a comeback for them. The three point shooting was lights out in final 20 minutes as STU went six for 14 from behind the arc for a very impressive 42 per cent. Renee Leblanc had three out of those six three pointers to lead the charge.

Offense is usually the main discussion point when it comes to the women Tommies, but once again the defense was just as strong if not a little better than the offense. They held the hurricanes to 10 or less points in all four of the quarters and to only 29 points for the game.

In the win, Ashley Bawn had a team high 16 points and first year star Brittany Gilliss was named player of the game with 13 points and six rebounds. The Tommies improve their league record to 11-0 heading into the final stretch of games.

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The men followed suit to the women as they wrapped up another victory, beating Holland College 76-52 Saturday afternoon.

STU probably played their best first quarter of the season as they got off to a commanding 22-8 while shooting just under 50 per cent from the field.

The second quarter was different story for the Tommies as the Hurricanes came out shooting and got off to an 8-2 run to start the period. STU battled back at the end of the second and only lost the quarter by one point. At half time they were up 37-24.

In the second half the Tommies controlled the play the entire time while never giving up the lead once in the game.

Richard Wilkins got hot from behind the arc in the third and ended the game with a team high 22 points.

It was a real team effort with everyone contributing to the win in all sorts of different ways. Eight different players scored for the Tommies with Nathan Mazurkiewics adding 15 of them and 12 rebounds for his first double double of the season.

The player of the game was first year Tommie Calvin LeBlanc who had a solid game with 11 points and eight rebounds. The win over the Hurricanes moved the Tommies into second place in the conference.

The men’s basketball team held on for a key win Saturday afternoon as they were able to beat Hollands College. (Megan Aiken/AQ)
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