The Blue Devils Women’s Basketball team put in a monster performance in Prince Edward Island to earn a marquee win on the last day of competition before the winter holiday, toppling the Holland Hurricanes 74-52. The high octane UKC offense outscored their hosts in each of the four quarters, including a 17-4 4th quarter to secure an airtight win. King’s had a well-balanced scoresheet, with four players hitting double figures: Jenna Bain led with 18, Kayleigh Coco-Edman with 13, Emma Garagan with 11, and Eva Carmichael who recorded a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Lisa Bolander led the way for the Hurricanes with 13 points.
Though they sit at just .500 on the season, the Blue Devils performance thus far has been anything but average. Three of four losses were under 10 points (by one point at Mount Allison, six at home to St. Thomas, and nine against Holland last week) with the lone big loss coming during a visit to Mount Saint Vincent in mid-November. While close wins don’t count in the standings, they are indicative of the steep competition across the ACAA this season. The recent thumping of 3rd ranked Holland College in PEI, just a week after losing to the Hurricanes at home highlights the narrow margins between teams across the ACAA week-to-week. With a roster that boasts a healthy balance of veterans and rookies, Parker Regan’s side is tailor-made for a deep post season run. For the time being, it’s fair to say the record doesn’t reflect the squad’s collective potential or talent level: close losses and evaporated leads point to cohesion and consistency issues rather than raw ability. When Regan’s band does finally find its tune, the rest of the ACAA may have no choice but to face the music.
@Holland 74-52 Win
It was a rough Saturday across Confederation Bridge for the Blue Devils, who dropped their last game of the semester to the Hurricanes of Holland College by a score of 123-68. A difficult afternoon in Charlottetown saw the King’s men’s team on the back foot from the opening tip, finishing the first quarter down 33-8. Jayden Nordin was the leading producer for the King’s side recording 23 points, while forward Dali Lombardi notched a season-high 11 points coming off the bench. Jordan Holness led the way for Holland College with 25 points, while fellow Hurricanes Jashajuan Downey, Byrce Corless, Tyray Cooper, Jalan Menzies, and Logan Remple all reached double figures.
Sitting 5th in the ACAA standings, the Blue Devils will have to wait nearly a month before stepping back on the hardwood in early January. Despite ending the fall in fifth place, King’s has played well against much of the top competition in the ACAA. The Blue Devils narrowly lost to joint-second-place Crandall on a buzzer beater last week, and toppled St. Thomas, presently tied with Crandall, in their home opener in early November. A close loss on the road to Mount Allison has also knocked King’s down in the standings, but they remain in the race for the 2nd seed for the ACAA Championships. Key series in the new year against St. Thomas, Mount Allison, and Mount Saint Vincent will tell the tale for the King’s side as they push towards their first post-season appearance since the 2015-16 season.
@Holland College 123-68 Loss