(Halifax, NS)—The Saint Mary's Huskies opened up their 2017-18 Atlantic University Sport women's basketball season on Friday night with a 60-52 victory over the visiting UPEI Panthers.
Kennisha-Shanice Luberisse (Montreal, QC) recorded a double-double in SMU's win, scoring 18 points and grabbing 11 rebounds while teammate Katrina Murrell (Markham, ON) had 13 points and eight rebounds.
Saint Mary's doubled-up UPEI 16-8 after 10 minutes and took a 32-18 lead into the locker room at half.
Both teams scored the exact same points in the second-half, with UPEI outscoring SMU 17-14 in each quarter.
The Huskies led 46-35 after thirty minutes and 60-52 after the final whistle.
SMU improves to 1-0 with the win while UPEI falls to 0-1 on the year.
Kiera Rigby (Charlottetown, PE) paced the Panthers' offence with 17 points while Jenna Mae Ellsworth (Charlottetown, PE) added 10 in the loss.
Saint Mary's had five more bench points (11-6) and 10 more points off second chance points (17-7).
UPEI shot 34% from the floor (16-47) and 37.5% from three-point land (6-16) while SMU went 33.8% from the floor (23-68) and 28.6% from three-point land (4-14).
Both teams return to action Saturday November 4th versus each other at the Homburg Centre with tip-off set for 6 pm.
Dominic Nolasco, SMU Communication
Photo Nick Pearce