(FREDERICTON, NB) The UNB Varsity Reds women’s basketball team will hit the road to start the second half of their season.
That’s not necessarily a bad thing, according to head coach Jeff Speedy.
He admits to being mildly surprised by his team’s 6-and-1 start.
“I believed we were capable of it,” said Speedy. “Winning three of four games on the road was great. It’s so hard to win on the road in this league.”
Speedy’s Varsity Reds visit the Cape Breton University Capers on Friday. Tip-off is scheduled for 6:00PM.
The team will take on the St. FX X-Women, in Antigonish, on Saturday.
Their 6-and-1 start has the Varsity Reds tied for second in the Atlantic University Sport standings.
The Capers are also 6-and-1, and finished the first half on a five-game winning streak.
Putting a halt to that will be a priority for the Varsity Reds on Friday. Speedy says a win is possible, but only if the team continues to show its depth.
“It seems to be a different two or three players every night who lead us in the important offensive categories,” said Speedy. “We really share the ball well and score by committee.”
The Varsity Reds haven’t seen game action since November 26th, when they beat Dalhousie 51-47. They took some time off at Christmas, but have been practicing hard ahead of the resumption of the season.
“We decided not to play any games and practice a lot,” said Speedy. “I think we will be anxious to play and will certainly try to hit the ground running.”
Speedy says his team will have to be at its best Friday. He feels the Capers are the most skilled and dangerous offensive team in the AUS.
“It will be a huge challenge to shut them down in their gym,” he said. “We will really have to play well defensively and limit them to one shot to get the stops we need to have a chance to get the win.”
The Varsity Reds men’s basketball team makes the same two stops this weekend, with tip-off scheduled for 8:00PM, both Friday and Saturday.
The men, with a 4-and-3 record, are currently in a three-way tie for third place in the AUS standings.
Both teams return home for two games against the Memorial Sea-Hawks the following weekend(Jan. 14 & 15). Games will be played Saturday, at 6:00PM and 8:00PM, and Sunday, at 12:00PM and 2:00PM.