Panthers fall to Reds

Panthers fall to Reds

(FREDERICTON, NB) For the second night in a row, the UNB Varsity Reds dug themselves into a hole in the early going. But, on Saturday, UNB was able to pull itself out. 

The Varsity Reds scored a 77-66 win over the visiting UPEI Panthers. 

On Friday, UNB fell behind early to UPEI and couldn't recover, losing 80-58. 

"I was really proud of everyone for rallying, because that was tough to come back from, a loss like that," said Varsity Reds' fifth-year guard Grace Wade(Moncton, NB). "I think we did a good job in proving that's not who we are, and that's not how we want to play." 

Laura Kaye(Fredericton, NB) led the Varsity Reds, scoring 14 points, including the 1000th regular season point of her career. 

"It feels pretty good, it's definitely an accomplishment, but I'm just happy for my team to get the win tonight, that's more important," said Kaye, who also pulled down five rebounds. 

Krystal Osburn(Nottawa, ON) scored 11 for UNB. 

Wade scored seven and was named the Subway Player of the Game. 

Jenna Mae Ellsworth (Charlottetown, PE) led all scorers with 21 points for the Panthers, while Reese Baxendale(Sussex, NB) added 15. 

"Tonight, things just didn't go our way and we didn't know how to react to that at first," said Baxendale. "Overall, I don't think we played that bad, we just needed to adjust earlier in the game." 

Like Friday, the Panthers jumped out to an early lead. 

UPEI led 10-2 just 2:30 in, and extended that lead to 17-7 mid-way through the first. 

UNB would pull even, at 26-26, before taking their first lead, 31-29, with about four minutes left in the half. 

The Varsity Reds held a 40-36 lead at half-time. 

UNB used a 6-0 run early in the third quarter to go up 48-39, and the Varsity Reds led by 16 after three quarters. 

Ellsworth was a fourth quarter force, keeping the Varsity Reds close, but the home team proved to be too much, winning 77-66. 

"It was, by far, our best game of the year in terms of details and doing the little things right," said Varsity Reds head coach Jeff Speedy. "You don't have to be perfect if you're doing the little things right and putting the energy and effort into it." 

With the win, UNB improves to 8-and-10 this season, strengthening their hold on sixth place in the Atlantic University Sport standings and the last available AUS playoff berth. 

The Panthers are now 9-and-9 and slip to fourth place in the AUS. 

"It's upsetting that we lost, but we just have to bounce back and get the two wins next weekend," said Baxendale. 

The Panthers now return home. They host St FX on Friday, in a scheduled 6:00pm start. 

The Varsity Reds play host to the Dalhousie Tigers on Friday. That game, Military Appreciation Night, is scheduled to start at 8:00pm. 


RECAP AND PHOTOS BY: Andy Campbell/UNB Athletics