St. John's, N.L., has never been an easy place to win for AUS women's basketball teams, but this weekend's sweep of the Saint Mary's Huskies by the Memorial Sea-Hawks has to be considered more than a bit of a shocker.
After all, the defending champs went into the Christmas break at 7-0 and tuned up for the second half with games against three of country's top five ranked teams in the Thunder Selects Holiday Classic.
But after dropping a 66-58 decision on Saturday night, the usually stingy Huskies defence was lit up for 82 points by Memorial in an 82-72 victory on Sunday morning.
Brooklyn Wright led Memorial with 27 points, including four treys, while Sydney Stewart had 15 points and eight rebounds, Sydney Ezekiel 14 points, seven boards and four assists and Lindsay Taylor 12 points.
The Huskies' balanced attack was evident as five players scored in double figures. Jenny Lewis led the way with 17, including four treys, while Angie Carvery had 13, Katrina Murrell 12, Shanieka Wood 11 points and 11 boards and Jasmine Cain 10 points.
The Huskies trailed early but a 16-4 run to end the half brought the Huskies to within four points. The opening basket on the second half made it 43-41 but Saint Mary's never seriously threatened Memorial the rest of the way.
The two four-point victories vaults Memorial into fourth place at 5-5 (14 points) and leaves the Huskies in second at 7-2 (20 points). Cape Breton leads at 7-1 (22 points) following its victory over UNB (7-2, 20 points) on Friday night.
UPEI (4-5) and Acadia (3-5) are next with 10 points each followed by Dal (2-6, six points) and St. Francis Xavier at 0-9.
On the men's side, the Huskies held off a fierce comeback effort by the league-leading Sea-Hawks to earn an 88-82 win and a weekend split.
Theon Reefer poured in 28 points and grabbed 10 boards while Marquis Clayton, who didn't play on Saturday, had 19 points and five assists. Brian Rouse contributed 15 points and Achuil Lual 14.
Saint Mary's collected 24 points off 21 Memorial turnovers.
Vasilije Curcic scored 29 points, including 12 in the final quarter as he keyed a furious Sea-Hawk rally. He also added seven rebounds and four assists. Daniel Gordon collected 19 points.
Memorial (7-3, 20 points) maintains its lead atop the tight men's race, followed by St. F.X. (6-3, 18 points), with Dalhousie (6-2) and UNB (5-4) both at 16 points. Saint Mary's (5-4) holds down fifth with 14 points, followed by Acadia (4-4, 12 points), UPEI (2-7, four points) and Cape Breton, winless in eight starts.