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Basketball 'Canes looking to finish 2019 strong on road

The Holland Hurricanes men’s and women’s basketball teams will be on the road this weekend as they close out the 2019 portion of their Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association (ACAA) regular seasons.

On Friday evening, the ‘Canes will be in Moncton, New Brunswick to challenge the Crandall University Chargers (6/8pm) before taking on the St. Thomas University (STU) Tommies (2/4pm) on Sunday in Fredericton. (w/m)

The women’s Hurricanes are 3-1 to start the season and are coming off a 65-62 overtime win over the Tommies last Saturday in Charlottetown in their only meeting this season, while the Tommies are 4-1.  Both teams are nationally ranked by the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) this week with the ‘Canes sitting at number five and the Tommies at number ten.

Sunday’s opponents, the Crandall Chargers, enter the weekend at 0-6 as they prepare to face the Hurricanes for the first time this season.

As a team, the women’s Hurricanes offense is second in the conference in points averaged per game at 77.8 while the Tommies are fifth, averaging 66.8; the Chargers are seventh at 44.5.

Defensively, STU leads the conference, giving up an average of only 54 points per game while the ‘Canes are fifth at 68.8; the Chargers are ranked seventh, allowing 82.5 points per game.

The ‘Canes lead the conference in field-goal shooting (44.1%), three-point shooting (38.1%), rebounds per game (47.3), and assists per game (19.5).

Individually, Ashley Plaggenhoef is second in the conference in scoring with 16.5 points per game while Kassandra Little and Sophie Atkinson sit one-two in rebounds per game with 12.8 and 10.8 respectively.

On the men’s side, the ‘Canes are 3-1 on the season while the Chargers are 4-2 and the Tommies are 3-2.

The ‘Canes and Chargers have yet to meet this season, while the ‘Canes picked up a 97-69 win over the Tommies last Saturday in Charlottetown.

The Hurricanes enter this weekend ranked at number eight in the country by the CCAA.

Within the ACAA, the Hurricanes are the top offensive team in the conference averaging 88 points per game while also leading the way in rebounds per game at 45, and sitting second in assists per game at 17.8. The Chargers are the third most prolific offensive team in the ACAA, averaging 83.3 points per game with the Tommies in fourth at 76.6.

Defensively, the Chargers lead the conference, giving up 68.7 points per game with the ‘Canes in fourth at 73 points per game while the Tommies are fifth at 75.8.

Individually, Jordan Holness, of the Hurricanes, leads the conference in scoring, averaging 25.3 points per game, and assists per game with 6.0. Nathan Anderson is second in the conference in rebounding at 9.8 per game with Holness close behind in fourth with 8.8.

All four Hurricanes basketball games can be viewed live this weekend at www.acaatv.ca.

The Hurricanes next home games are scheduled for Sunday, January 12, 2020 when they host the Chargers at the Holland College Centre for Community Engagement in Charlottetown.

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: Thursday, November 28, 2019