FREDERICTON, NB – The UNB Varsity Reds women's basketball team jump-started their first game of the Accreon Helen Campbell and Eric Garland Basketball Tournament with a 67-51 win over the University of Toronto Varsity Blues.
Both teams got off to a slow start with a fair number of fouls and turnovers as UNB took the lead and ended the first quarter just one point ahead with a score of 13-12 and then 32-26 at the half.
"It's a luxury. All 12 players that dressed played.- we had a ton of foul trouble – four of our starters had three fouls in the third quarter so we're going to need depth every night," said coach Jeff Speedy.
The fourth quarter defense forced turnovers by both teams and a big steal by Laura Kay mid-way through saw her driving hard to the net, putting up a beautiful lay-up to put UNB up by six. With a final push, UNB posted a 67-51 win over the Blues.
"We had some really nice pass deflections by our posts and we got two or three nice steals in the forecourt that led to easy baskets. We need to get those easy baskets whether its turnovers or offensive rebounding and I think we did both of those quite well at times tonight," continued Speedy.