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Memorial hands UPEI women's basketball Panthers rare loss

Reese Baxendale plays her first regular season home game at UPEI tonight. Charles Reid/The Guardian
Reese Baxendale - Charles Reid/The Guardian

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Sydney Stewart scored a game-high 33 points to lead the Memorial Seahawks over the UPEI Panthers 89-81 Sunday in Atlantic University Sport women’s basketball action.

It was only the Panthers second loss of the season.

UPEI had clipped Memorial 77-75 in action on Saturday.

On Sunday, Stewart had 11 rebounds and 10 assists to go along with her 33 points.

Sydney Ezekiel also contributed to Memorial’s victory with 20 points while Haillie Nickerson came off the bench to add 18 points.

Reese Baxendale led the offence for the Panthers with four rebounds and 24 points while Jenna Mae Ellsworth chipped in 20 points and Carolina Del Santo contributed a further 13 points. Kimershia Henry came off the bench to add nine points.

The loss drops UPEI’s record to 8-4-2 (2-point wins, 4-point wins, losses).

The Panthers lead Acadia by two points for first place in the conference.

Meanwhile, the UPEI men dropped both games to Memorial on the weekend, 88-69 on Saturday and 88-70 on Sunday.

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