In the first weekend of AUS women's basketball action, the Acadia Axewomen and UPEI Panthers both earned back-to-back weekend victories, allowing them to get a 2-0 start on the season.
The defending AUS champion Acadia Axewomen won their home-opener against the Cape Breton Capers by a score of 92-71 on Saturday evening. Jayda Veinot of the Axewomen finished with a game-high 26 points and added 6 rebounds and 3 assists, to be named Subway Player of the Game. Cape Breton's MacKenzee Ryan led the Capers with 22 points, adding two rebounds and five assists.
The Axewomen then went on to top the Capers 80-69 Sunday afternoon. Veinot led all scorers with 35 points and finished a perfect 16/16 from the line. Cape Breton's Audrey Rankin was one point shy of a double-double, having grabbed 11 rebounds. Rankin earned the Capers Player of the Game award for her efforts.
The UPEI Panthers put on a defensive clinic against the Saint Mary's Huskies Friday night, holding them to just 38 points to take the first game of the season 63-38. UPEI's Carolina Del Santo recorded a massive 22 rebounds, three blocks and three steals and added a game-high seven assists. Jenna Mae Ellsworth ended the night with a game-high 21 points for the Panthers. Saint Mary's was led by Lucina Beaumont in the loss, who recorded 14 points and 11 rebounds.
The Panthers hosted the Huskies once again Saturday evening, edging them 60-57. Reese Baxendale led the Panthers with 17 points, while Del Santo had another big defensive game for UPEI, posting 14 rebounds, five steals and three blocks. Clara Gascoigne led the Huskies with 17 points, adding four rebounds, two steals and a block.
The Dalhousie Tigers also remain undefeated on the season, having played just one game this weekend. The Tigers hosted the StFX X-Women at the Dalplex Saturday evening, having to climb back into the game late in the fourth, then hanging on to a 72-67 win. Chelsea Slawter-Wright finished with a game-high 24 points on 4-6 shooting from three while adding eight rebounds and seven assists to earn the Subway Player of the Game for the Tigers in the win. Marley Bonnick led the X-Women with a strong double-double performance of 23 points and 11 rebounds.
The Memorial Sea-Hawks hosted the UNB Reds for two games in St. John's this weekend, where they earned a split. Saturday evening, the Sea-Hawks finished on top with a 67-49 win. Memorial was led by Haillie Nickerson who posted 13 points and Sammi Deakin-Sharpe who posted 12 points, adding eight rebounds and three assists. Marley Curwin had a team-high eight points for the Reds, adding five rebounds and two assists.
The Reds bounced back Sunday afternoon, earning a 80-75 victory. Bailey Black led UNB with a game-high 23 points, adding two rebounds and two assists. Nickerson led Memorial in the loss with a team-high 21 points, adding six rebounds, one assist and one steal.
Friday, Nov. 1
Saint Mary's 38 at UPEI 63