U SPORTS Women's Basketball: Monday Roundups

U SPORTS Women's Basketball: Monday Roundups

Axewomen sweep weekend versus U Sports No. 10 Capers


* Cape Breton 69 Acadia 78 Final - OT


By Laura Jeha

WOLFVILLE, N.S. - It was another exciting match between the two top scoring teams in the AUS, the U Sports No. 10 ranked Capers and the Acadia Axewomen Saturday in a rare afternoon game. The Axewomen came out victorious with a 78-69 win after five minutes of overtime play.

"We erased all the other games off the board and focused on Friday night's game, then moved on immediately after the win last night to get ready for today", commented head coach Len Harvey after the weekend sweep of the Capers.

"They came with more pressure today, we knew they would do that", pointed out Harvey. "I thought we handled it ok at times. Once we got composed against it we were fine. They are a tough defensive team and made us work today for our scores."

Axewomen had a good start, scoring on their first possession. Pushing for transitions paid off for the Axewomen in the first half, and they again had success breaking through the Capers defense.

After a scoreless three minutes in the first quarter, the teams were tied 15-15 after 8 minutes of play. Paloma Anderson (Pheonix, Arizona) hit a pull-up three to push Acadia ahead. Anderson built on the last game's scoring streak, adding 17 points at half, and Acadia ended the quarter with a tight 18-17 lead.

The back and forth continued into the second period and a three-point shot from fifth-year Jalynn Skeir (Halifax, N.S.) pushed the Capers ahead, but it was soon tied up again. Kelsey Rice (Beaver Bank, N.S.) led the way for the Axewomen in the second quarter, with eight points off the bench, helping Acadia take a four- point lead over the first place Capers at the half.

Back-to-back free throws by Chanel Smith (Halifax, N.S.) and eight points in the third quarter, allowed Acadia to extend their lead. Kelsey Rice beat the buzzer to drive the score to 55-46 for the Axewomen going in to the final quarter.

Strong play from Valentina Primossi (Trieste, Italy), who led the Capers with 20 total points, pushed the Capers ahead in the last half of the fourth quarter. Solid defensive possession from Acadia was able to hold the Capers off, and the Axewomen trailed by only one point with one-minute left.

Game standout Chanel Smith put Acadia back ahead, but a free throw from three time AUS all-star Alison Keough (Marion Bridge, NS) tied it 69-69 to bring the game into overtime.

A high number of fouls kept senior players Anderson, Allie Berry (Yarmouth, N.S.), and Smith on the bench for the first 7 minutes of overtime play, but senior guard Alyson Fulton (Merigomish, NS) managed to sink six points to give the Axewomen a one-point lead, before key players Smith, Anderson, and Berry returned for the last 3 minutes of overtime.

Anderson and Smith performed under pressure, and a three-point jump shot from Smith in the last 25 seconds of overtime to help the Axewomen solidify their lead on the Capers. Free throws from Paloma Anderson and Katie Ross extended the lead to nine points, and the Axewomen took the game 78-69 after overtime.

Anderson had a game high 25 points and teammate Smith netted 22 points. In the Caper lineup, Keough had a below average game with only 14 points, while teammate Valentina Primossi added 20.

A second win over the top-ranked Capers puts the Axewomen one step closer to clinching a playoff spot. Next up, the Axewomen take on the Saint Mary's Huskies, while the Capers take on UNB in a four-point game.

Source: http://acadia.prestosports.com/


Other results:

Thu. 2 * Bishop's 73 McGill 75 Final
  * Laval 83 Concordia 77 Final - OT
Fri. 3 * York 57 Toronto 67 Final
  Goldring Centre
  * Memorial 72 Dalhousie 48 Final
  (4-point game)
  * StFX 46 Saint Mary's 74 Final
  (4-point game) Shoot for the Cure
  * UNB 52 UPEI 46 Final
  * Cape Breton 75 Acadia 96 Final
  * Guelph 71 Nipissing 47 Final
  Robert J Surtees Student Athletics Centre
  * Queen's 60 Ryerson 59 Final
  Mattamy Athletic Centre
  * Lakehead 93 Laurentian 59 Final
  Ben F. Avery Gymnasium
  * Ottawa 44 Carleton 57 Final
  Capital Hoops - Canadian Tire Centre
  * Western 43 Algoma 51 Final
  George Leach Centre
  * Manitoba 73 Brandon 83 Final
  * Regina 83 Winnipeg 67 Final
  Shoot for the Cure - Lancez pour la guérison
  * Alberta 72 Saskatchewan 50 Final
  * Trinity Western 87 Mount Royal 82 Final
  * UBC Okanagan 50 MacEwan 61 Final
  Shoot for the Cure - Lancez pour la guérison
  * Calgary 68 Thompson Rivers 58 Final
  * Victoria 68 UFV 57 Final
  * UNBC 59 UBC 75 Final
Sat. 4 * Memorial 80 Dalhousie 48 Final
  (4-point game)
  * Cape Breton 69 Acadia 78 Final - OT
  * Laurier 67 Brock 72 Final
  Bob Davis Gymnasium
  * Waterloo 47 McMaster 73 Final
  Burridge Gymnasium
  * UNB 57 UPEI 66 Final
  * Guelph 77 Laurentian 63 Final
  Ben F. Avery Gymnasium
  * Queen's 71 Toronto 44 Final
  Goldring Centre
  * Lakehead 79 Nipissing 53 Final
  Robert J Surtees Student Athletics Centre
  * Western 74 Algoma 51 Final
  George Leach Centre
  * McGill 68 Bishop's 59 Final
  * Concordia 69 Laval 95 Final
  * Manitoba 73 Brandon 69 Final
  * Regina 58 Winnipeg 62 Final
  * Trinity Western 80 Mount Royal 51 Final
  * UBC Okanagan 66 MacEwan 72 Final
  * Alberta 62 Saskatchewan 72 Final
  * Victoria 66 UFV 75 Final
  * UNBC 72 UBC 76 Final
  * Calgary 63 Thompson Rivers 60 Final