Crunch time for women's Panthers basketball team

Jason Malloy
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UPEI heads to St. FX today with key points available

The playoff picture could become clearer this weekend for the UPEI Panthers women’s basketball team.

With six games remaining, the Panthers (3-11) are tied with the St. FX X-Women (2-11) for sixth place in the eight-team Atlantic University Sport (AUS). Both teams have eight points as the conference awards two points for some wins and four for others.

The teams play each other twice this weekend, beginning tonight at 6 p.m. in Antigonish, N.S., and concluding Saturday at 2 p.m.

“It’s starting to get down to crunch time,” UPEI head coach Greg Gould said Thursday.

UPEI won both games with X in Charlottetown to start the season.

The matchup is a bit of a contrast in styles.

The X-Women have the size advantage with three of their starters standing six-feet tall or more.

Lindsay Lessard is second in the conference at 19.8 points per game while Kolbi Roper averages 11.2 and 8.5 rebounds.

The Panthers top scorers are guards Anne Kiberd (12.6) and Katie Donahoe (10.6).

“It’s important we . . . dictate a little bit more of the tempo,” Gould said.

UPEI played last weekend without forward Angenay Williams, who averaged 15.4 points, 7.6 rebounds and 4.8 assists since becoming eligible to play in January after sitting out the first semester as a transfer student.

“Angenay is no longer with us,” Gould said. “She’s a talented player, but she has to play the way we want to play.”

He said the team moved on and so has Williams.

Organizations: Panthers, Atlantic University Sport

Geographic location: Antigonish, Charlottetown

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