A 1-1 split on the weekend puts the women’s basketball team at a 2-1 record and third in the standings after the second week of league play. The Blue Devils took an early lead in their opening game against the Tommies of St. Thomas University, posting 13 points in each of the first two quarters, taking a two point lead into halftime. A second half resurgence by the Tommies put them ahead as King’s ran out of steam in the 4th quarter, finishing six points off pace with a final score of 62-56. Senior shooting-guard, Chloe Oxner netted a team-high 15 points, while point-guard Jenna Bain recorded a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Guards Madison Owens and Vanessa Soffee led the way for the Tommies with 23 and 17 points respectively.
The Sunday morning match brought the UNBSJ Seawolves to the Kingdome. The Blue Devils jumped out to a 12 point lead in the first quarter and never looked back, cracking the century mark with a final score of 101-54. Blue Devils Bain, Oxner, Emma Garagan and rookie Eva Carmichael all reached double figures in scoring, with Carmichael one rebound shy of a double-double off the bench. For the Seawolves, guard Bailey Henderson posted a game-high 20 points.
With the six-point defeat to the Tommies their only loss so far, King’s is squarely in the hunt for the top spot in the regular season. Their next test will come on the road at Mount Allison, who are 1-1 on the season with their lone loss a season-opening overtime defeat at St. Thomas. That game is slated for 1 p.m. on Sunday, November 14 and will be streamed on ACAA.tv.
vs. STU 56-62 Loss
vs. UNBSJ 101-54 Win
King’s boasts an undefeated home record after going 2-0 this past weekend, toppling both St. Thomas and UNBSJ in Head Coach Luc Stevenson’s ACAA home debut. The previously-undefeated Tommies led through the first half, taking a nine point lead into the locker room. An even-scoring 3rd quarter would see the Blue Devils enter the final quarter still trailing nine, with just 10 minutes to turn the tide. Having not scored in the preceding three quarters, guard Josh Crocker would propel King’s into the lead, as the Cape Bretoner racked up 14 points while going 3 for 4 from the perimeter to deliver King’s a 77-73 victory. Senior leader Jayden Nordin lead the way with 20 points and transfer guard Sandrais Clayton provided a scoring spark off the bench with 11 points and forward Kevin Baukuma-Sayers collecting a team high eight rebounds. Elsewhere, phenom guard Gayo Isaya led the Tommies and all scorers with 26 points while playing a full 40 minutes.
Riding the momentum from the previous evening’s win, King’s entered their second game of the weekend oozing confidence. King’s carried a handsome 14 point lead into the second half, but the spirited Seawolves cut the lead to as little as five. Rising to the occasion, Nordin would tally 9 of this 15 points in the final quarter, seeing off the threat from their New Brunswick visitors by a score of 84-76. Joining Nordin in double figures was rookie Xavier Buckley with 10 and forward Corson O’Rourke with 12, both from the bench, as well as Baukuma-Sayers who posted a double-double with 13 points and 14 rebounds.
The Blue Devils will next travel to Sackville, New Brunswick to play the Mounties of Mount Allison University, who will be looking to rebound following a narrow loss to Crandall on Friday evening. Tip off is set for 3 p.m. on Sunday, November 14 and will be streamed on ACAA.tv.
vs. STU 77-73 Win
vs. UNBSJ 84-76 Win