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Basketball 'Canes cap off regular season with wins

The Holland Hurricanes men’s and women’s basketball teams finished off their Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association (ACAA) regular seasons in Saint John, New Brunswick on Saturday versus the University of New Brunswick-Saint John (UNBSJ) Seawolves.

The Hurricanes women ended their regular season with an 81-69 win, while the men picked up the victory by a score of 78-66.

In the women’s game, a close first quarter gave the ‘Canes a 16-15 lead before a big second quarter gave them a 37-26 half-time lead. A closely contested second half followed with the ‘Canes adding one more point to their lead for the 12-point victory.

Danielle McKinnon led the way on offense for the Hurricanes with 21 points thanks to a record-tying seven threes in the game. McKinnon also added one rebound, two assists, and a steal.

Kassandra Little added 19 points and five rebounds while Aki Kobayashi and Ashley Plaggenhoef added 15 and 13 respectively.

Kristen Gosse chipped in with six points and six rebounds off the bench.

The ‘Canes finish the season in third place in the ACAA with a 13-5 record while the Seawolves finish in sixth at 4-14. These two teams will meet again in the ACAA quarter-finals next Friday, March 6 at 11am in Halifax, NS at the ACAA Basketball Championships hosted by Mount Saint Vincent University (MSVU).

The ‘Canes defeated the Seawolves in all three meetings this season.

In Saturday’s men’s game, the ‘Canes led 20-17 after the first quarter but fell behind, 34-26, at the half.

The ‘Canes came out strong in the third quarter and took a 49-46 lead heading to the fourth before eventually securing the 12-point victory.

Adrian Thompson led all scorers for the ‘Canes with 26 points while adding four rebounds and two assists. Jayden McMullen added 16 points with Jordan Holness recording 15 points, four rebounds, and an assist.

The ‘Canes wrap up the regular season with a 15-3 record and the first seed heading into next weekend’s ACAA Championships in Halifax. The Seawolves finish in sixth place with a 3-15 record.

The men’s Hurricanes will be in action 4:30pm on Saturday, March 7 in the semi-finals of the ACAA championships when they take on the lowest advancing seed from the quarter-finals.

For more information on the 2020 ACAA Basketball Championships, visit www.acaa.ca.

Connect with the basketball Hurricanes by visiting www.twitter.com/caneswbball, www.twitter.com/canesmbball and www.instagram.com/hurricanesbball.

For more information on the Holland Hurricanes, please visit www.hollandhurricanes.com, www.facebook.com/hollandhurricanes, www.twitter.com/hc_hurricanes and www.instagram.com/hollandhurricanes.

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For more information about this release, please contact:
Daniel Cudmore, Athletics Development and Communications Coordinator
Tel: (902) 894-6870
Date: Monday, March 02, 2020