Sydney native a member of Saint Mary’s Huskies playing in women’s championship tournament at CBU
Sydney native, Huskies set for AUS championship
came calling. Munro had coached Fifield on the Nova Scotia under17 team and was then the bench boss at the University of King’s College in Halifax. Fifield’s friend, Bhreagh Moore, was on the Blue Devils roster and helped convince Fifield to play at King’s. But that spring, Munro was hired by the Huskies and asked Fifield to return to AUS ball instead. She agreed.
The thirdyear guard will get to play in front of family and friends this weekend, as the Huskies compete at the 2010 Subway Atlantic University Sport Women’s Basketball Championship being hosted by the Capers at Sullivan Field House.
“I’m definitely excited,” said Fifield, whose parents, Karl and Sandra, will be cheering her on. “If my number’s called, hopefully I can go out and provide some energy. I usually play pretty well at home and I feed off the crowd. It’s pretty good to go home and play in your hometown.”
Fifield’s role with the Huskies has changed this year. After getting starter’s minutes last season, she’s been coming off the bench for SMU this year with the emergence of rookie Justine Colley at the guard position.
Munro said Fifield accepted her new role admirably and helps push her teammates to be better.
“I’m sure (Fifield) wants to play more at times, but we’re fortunate we have one of the best point guards (Colley) in the country on our team,” said Munro. “Angela’s bought into the team concept 100 per cent and hasn’t taken a back seat at practice, has worked her butt off and when she’s come in and played for us in games, has done a great job for us, too.”
The Huskies, the No. 3 seed heading into the tournament, will challenge the No. 6 Acadia Axewomen in Friday’s first quarter-final game at 6 p.m. That’s followed by the No. 4 St. Francis Xavier X-Women against the No. 5 Dalhousie Tigers at 8 p.m.
“I think everyone’s feeling pretty confident,” said Fifield, a psychology major. “ We’re going in with the mentality that we’re going to make it to the final and hopefully, we do. We’ve been off for the last two weeks and we had some really good practices all week. I think we’re mentally prepared to play.”
Saturday, the No. 1 Capers face the lowest-remaining seed from the quarter-finals in the first semifinal at 6 p.m. At 8 p.m., the No. 2 Memorial Sea-Hawks challenge the highest-remaining seed from the quarter-finals. The two winners will play for the AUS banner at 1 p.m Sunday.
The AUS champion will represent the conference at the 2010 Canadian Interuniversity Sport Women’s Basketball Championship at McMaster University, March 12-14.