CIS women's basketball Thursday roundup: Starting five score in double digits as Axemen improve to 5-1
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|Cape Breton||83||Acadia||94||Final||Box Score|
WOLFVILLE, NS - The Axewomen basketball team completed the task at hand - to improve to 5-1 and defeat one of the perennial powers of women's AUS basketball.
Despite the high scoring end result, the Axewomen played sound defense to hand the Cape Breton Capers their fourth loss of the regular season in a convincing 94-83 win.
Along with sound defense that included Acadia out-rebounding the Capers 41-30 (along with 28 offensive to the Capers 11 defensive), the Axewomen offered a balance offensive attack with all five starters scoring in double digit range. Leading the way was senior forward Emma Duinker who posted 23 points and 9 rebounds while sister Abbey pulled down 13 rebounds and added 12 points to the team total.
Subway Player of the Game Lindsay Harris had a 15 point performance that was highlighted by her unselfish play, offering 6 assists to the team's output. Stef Chapman and Kristy Moore added 15 and 18 points respectively.
Caper Cassie Cooke was nearly perfect from the free throw line, pocketing 12 of 13 attempts and scoring a game high 34 points and added nine rebounds.
Squeaking out a three point lead after one quarter, the Axewomen trailed the Capers 42-20 at the half. A hard fought third quarter pushed the Axewomen out to a 67-59 lead after tying the game at 46-46 three minutes into the second half.
Emma Duinker's three point shot near the five minute mark of the third quarter was the back-breaker as the Axewomen held onto the lead for the remainder of the game, rolling to a 11 point win over the talented Caper squad.
Duinker was pleased with the win. "I think it was the most consistent play that we have had in a while. We were finally able to piece four full quarters together. We also played better as a team than we have in a while. The key was that everyone who got on the floor did what they do best and everyone got touches on the ball. Our players comin off the bench also did a great job supporting the momentum we had."
The Capers were a crisp 44% from the floor, but fell short in netting only one three point shot for the duration of the game while Acadia was good on nine of 21 attempts. Cape Breton was without fifth year senior Nicole Works
Acadia will spend the next five days preparing for the first place Saint Mary's Huskies, while Cape Breton return home to host the StFX X-women next Wednesday night.
Source: Acadia Sports Info