Varsity Reds Ready For Tigers

Varsity Reds Ready For Tigers

(FREDERICTON, NB) Basketball returns to the Richard J. Currie Center this weekend.

For the first time since late November, the UNB Varsity Reds will take to the Currie Center court.

The Dalhousie University Tigers supply the opposition, in a pair of double-headers this Friday and Saturday.

The women tip-off, both nights, at 6:00PM. The men are scheduled to begin at 8:00PM.

The Varsity Reds women’s team is coming off a split on the road last weekend.

UNB scored a 73-69 win over the Cape Breton Capers, last Friday, before falling 68-61 at St. FX, on Saturday.

“We must rebound the ball better, especially on the defensive end,” says Varsity Reds head coach Jeff Speedy. “We also need to make better reads and execute better on offense.”

Speedy’s squad got a late Christmas gift, with the return to action of fourth year guard Chelsey Collette. She’d been sideline by a knee injury until recently, but played three minutes off the bench in last Friday’s game, scoring four points, and eight more minutes on Saturday, dropping six points.

“Chelsey really brings some energy, grit and toughness,” says Speedy. “You cannot teach someone to play the way she plays.”

Speedy says Collette also gives him another three point option.

The Tigers come to town with the AUS female athlete of the week.

Forward Tessa Stammberger scored 52 points in a win and a loss last week.

“She is arguably the best player in the league,” says Speedy. “She can really shoot it, rebounds very well, can post up and attack the hoop.”

The Tigers’ men’s team moved into the CIS’ top 10 this week.

Sporting a 6-and-3 record, Dal is No. 9 in the country, but just a game better than UNB in the AUS standings. The Varsity Reds are 5-and 4, and coming off wins at Cape Breton and at St. FX last weekend.