The St. F.X. basketball teams will take Coach K Court at Oland Centre for a pair of upcoming Atlantic University Sport (AUS) match-ups.
Friday (Feb. 2), the Blue and White will host the UNB Varsity Reds at 6 (women) and 8 p.m. (men).
The Saint Mary’s Huskies will be the visitors Tuesday, Feb. 6, with the same tip-off times.
In recent action, after a last-second three-pointer from guard Diedre Alexander forced overtime, the visiting Dalhousie Tigers scored a 60-55 overtime win over the X-Women, Jan. 23.
“After being on the edge of our first victory, there was the immediate disappointment,” X-Women head coach Augy Jones said of the emotion after the defeat.
“And then, although it still hurt, there was that sense of pride in how hard we battled.
“We are still rebuilding, but we are making progress,” he added.
After the Tigers jumped to a 9-0 edge in the opening four minutes, the X-Women rallied to make it 11-7 after the first quarter.
Early in the second quarter, the X-Women took their first lead (12-11) on an offensive rebound and basket from Allison Reno, followed by a three-pointer from Maggie Segeren.
The teams were tied 23-23 at halftime.
In the third quarter, ignited by a Kendra Smith jump shot from the foul line, the X-Women led 37-29.
Jones praised the performances of Reno and Segeren, who made key contributions with increased minutes, while Smith – in her third season – is playing her best basketball as an X-Woman.
The team took the court without veteran guard Chelsea Provo, who scored 18 points in the previous tilt with the Tigers. She will miss the rest of the season because of knee problems.
Jones also noted the improved Tigers were coming off key wins over UNB and UPEI.
In a back-and-forth final quarter, freshman Kimberly Kingsbury hit a baseline jumper to give the X-Women a two-point edge with 40 seconds remaining. And, after a free throw from Caroline Hrabinski, the Blue and White led 52-49.
The tying hoop from Alexander came with 11 seconds remaining in regulation.
Kingsbury finished with a team-high 12 points and six rebounds, while Reno scored a career-best 11 points. She also contributed six rebounds and three steals.
“We take full responsibility,” Jones said of the coaching staff, when reflecting on the lack of success in the win column this season.
“There has never been a question about the players’ heart and determination,” he added.
On the men’s side, St. F.X. fell behind by as many as 25 points – and never led – in a 95-80 setback to Dalhousie.
Kevin Bercy led the X-Men with 16 points, while adding nine rebounds.
Julius Antoine finished with 15 points, five rebounds, five assists and two steals, while Tristen Ross and Justin Andrew collected 15 and 12 points, respectively.
Freshman guard Jaydan Smith, off the bench, scored a career-high 17 points as the X-Men scored a 94-87 road win, Jan. 20, over the Cape Breton Capers in Sydney.
Antoine led St. F.X. with 23 points, while adding seven rebounds, five assists and two steals.
Bercy finished with 19 points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals, while Ross, with 11 points, and Davonte Provo (10), ended up in double figures.
In the women’s game, CBU cruised to an 88-57 win.
Smith and Jamie McCarron, off the bench, led the X-Women with 11 points apiece, while Katie MacIntosh chipped in 10.
Hrabinski led the team in rebounds and assists, with eight and four, respectively, while contributing two steals.
Over the weekend, the X-Women and X-Men travelled to Halifax for a rematch with the Tigers.
Results were unavailable at press time.