Tommies dominate in pair of wins

(Billy Cole/AQ)

The St. Thomas University men’s and women’s basketball teams came away with a pair of wins in a doubleheader on Dec. 1 against the Dalhousie Agricultural Campus Rams.

The women’s team beat the Rams 97-22, extending their winning streak to five games. The Tommies were relentless on both sides of the floor, forcing 42 turnovers, while grabbing 24 offensive rebounds.

The Tommies led after the first period, 26-4, and didn’t look back, as the most points they gave up in a quarter was only seven. Vanessa Soffee led the team in scoring with 15 points, while Leila Rashid had nine points and 10 rebounds.

Head coach Fred Connors was impressed with his team’s effort.

“We just wanted to stay focused on our energy and make sure we came and played hard for 40 minutes,” he said.

This will be the Tommies’ final weekend of games for the semester. They played Crandall University on Dec. 2 and now have a record of 6-2, after winning the game 94-50. Connors said he is happy with the season so far.

The St. Thomas University women’s basketball team won their game against the Dalhousie Agricultural Campus Rams 97-22 on Dec. 1. (Billy Cole/AQ)

“We’ve had a good year but we’ve got a lot of work to go to get to where we want to get to.”

The men’s team picked up their first win of the season, beating the short-benched Rams 95-67.

The Tommies went off for 60 points in the first half while allowing only 35.

Head coach Scott MacLeod was happy with his team’s win.

“I was impressed with our ability to score and get points up on the board,” he said.

“[Our] challenge was defence – we’ve got to be able to stop them from scoring … that’s our focus.”

MacLeod said, in what is a year of growth, it was good to have a game where the team can get extra work on different sets.

Almin Dervisevic led his team, scoring 15 points with 16 rebounds and 13 assists. He also had three steals and a block in 22 minutes of action. Omer Hassan provided great energy off the bench, racking up a team high of 21 points.