In the second week of AUS women's basketball action, the Memorial Sea-Hawks, Acadia Axewomen and Saint Mary's Huskies all earned back-to-back victories.
The Sea-Hawks visited the Cape Breton Capers in Sydney this weekend, topping them 81-78 Saturday night followed by a 93-80 win Sunday afternoon. Saturday, the Sea-Hawks outscored the Capers 29-15 to take the lead. The Capers looked for the comeback in the second half but were unable to keep the Seahawks down in the fourth. Memorial was led by impact player Haillie Nickerson who had 23 points and 10 rebounds for the double-double. Alana Short also had a strong game with 22 points in 28 minutes for the Sea-Hawks. The Capers received a strong game from MacKenzee Ryan who had game-high 25 pts, adding six rebounds and five assists.
Sunday afternoon, Nickerson led the Sea-Hawks with an incredible game-high 42 points in the win. She also added seven rebounds, five steals and one assist in the victory. Ryan finished with a team-high 21 points for the Capers in the loss, adding four rebounds and seven assists.
The Axewomen remain undefeated on the season with a 4-0 record after topping the UNB Reds in back-to-back games in Fredericton this weekend. Friday night, the Reds put together a fourth quarter surge, but it just wasn't enough as Acadia earned the 74-60 victory. Haley McDonald scored a game-high 25 points, including 18 in the first half, to lead the Axewomen. Mikaela Dodig led the Reds, scoring 13 points and grabbing five rebounds.
Saturday night, the reigning AUS women's basketball champions completed their weekend sweep as Jayda Veinot scored a game-high 32 points, earning Subway Player of the Game honours. The Axewomen earned an 87-59 victory. Dodig led the Reds once again, finishing with a team-high 19 points on the night.
In their first matchup of the 2019-20 season, the Tigers hosted the Huskies at the Dalplex in midweek action. The Huskies stifling defense propelled them to a 73-51 win over the Tigers. Alaina McMillan led the Huskies in points with 16, adding five rebounds and four assists while Dalhousie was led by Chelsea Slawter-Wright who finished with a game-high 18 points, adding four rebounds and five assists.
The Huskies then completed the home-and-home series sweep over the Tigers with a 79-35 victory Saturday night. McMillan paced the Huskies with 13 points, shooting 5-for-9 from the field, 2-for-4 from deep, and recorded six rebounds and two assists. Chloe Wilson led all scorers with 14 points in the loss for Dalhousie.
The StFX X-Women and UPEI Panthers split their series this weekend in Antigonish, allowing the X-Women to record their first win of the season. Friday evening, the Panthers topped the X-Women 73-60 with veteran fourth year guard Jenna Mae Ellsworth earning Subway Player of the Game honours for her efforts. Ellsworth led UPEI with 17 points on the night and contributed nine rebounds, four assists and two steals. Carolina Del Santo added eight points in the win and led the team in rebounding with 10. For the X-Women, freshman forward Briar MacDonald (Antigonish, NS) scored 17 points and pulled down seven rebounds.
Saturday evening, the X-Women scored their first AUS regular season victory since 2017 with a thrilling 96-88 win over on Coach 'K' Court at the StFX Saputo Centre. Aliyah Fraser and Kim Kingsbury, Subway co-players of the game, led StFX with 27 and 26 points, respectively. Reese Baxendale led the Panthers in points with double figures with 22, while Lauren Rainford finished with 17.
Wednesday, Nov. 6
Saint Mary's 73 at Dalhousie 51
Sunday, Nov. 10
Memorial 93 at Cape Breton 80