The wait for the first win of the season goes on for the UKC women, who fell in their lone game on the weekend at home to the Mounties of Mount Allison University. The shorthanded Blue Devils struggled to contain the size and depth of the Mounties, who collected 20 offensive rebounds in their 78-56 win in Halifax. Four Mounties reached double figures, with forward, Abby Miller leading the way with a team high of 19 points and 10 rebounds. King’s point guard, Jenna Bain led all scorers with 28 points, going 3-3 from beyond the arc.
With almost a third of the season gone, the window for turnaround is still open, but closing with each passing game week. Promising individual performances have provided some bright spots (ex: Bain’s 28 points against MTA, Norah Quinlan’s 21 point home opener versus Holland College) but a complete team performance is still dodging the Blue Devils. They currently lead the league in troublesome turnovers with more than 27 per game. While the road to playoffs has only just begun, establishing more confidence in possession will be a key step on the Blue Devils journey to the post season.
vs. MTA 56-78 Loss
vs. UNBSJ Saturday, November 26th 2pm
vs. STU Sunday, November 27th, 1pm
A second close home game against Mount Allison in only seven days, with a second loss coming the way of the Blue Devils, with the visiting Mounties taking the game 89-76. Starting with a 0-8 scoring drought; the UKC Men found themselves trailing by nine after the first quarter, 19-28. A even second quarter, and a 2-point advantage in the third quarter brought the Blue Devils within seven, and cutting the lead to at few as six in the games final stages. A late scoring surge from the Mounties proved enough to snuff out the King’s offence, solidifying a 13 point win.
While frustrations are understandable; the UKC Men were not without point of optimism. Sophomore guard, Alp Ozgoren, tallied a career high 12 points off the bench, while senior forward, Geevon Janday quietly recorded a game high 17 points to top the King’s scoresheet. Like the UKC Women, the Kingsmen has also struggled to retain the basketball, leading the league with 20 turnovers per contest. Similarly; this will be a critical piece for Luc Stevenson righting the ship ahead of the winter break.
vs. MTA 76-89 Loss
vs. UNBSJ Saturday, November 26th 4pm
vs. STU Sunday, November 27th, 3pm