Capers have 8 point weekend to clinch playoff berth

Capers have 8 point weekend to clinch playoff berth

The Cape Breton Capers completed a weekend sweep with wins over the Dalhousie Tigers and StFX X-Women, allowing them to earn a huge 8 points and clinch an AUS women's basketball playoff position.

The Capers kicked things off Friday night with a 83-65 win over the Tigers in Sydney. Cape Breton was led by Hailey MacLeod and Monique Calliste who both scored a game-high 20 points in the win, while Chloe Wilson scored a team-high 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Tigers in the loss. 

Cape Breton then hosted the X-Women Saturday evening, where they played to a 72-64 victory. MacLeod led the Capers in scoring for the second consecutive night with 25 points, with Calliste also having a strong game for the home team 22 points and eight rebounds. Alliyah Fraser led the X-Women attack with 24 points while Marley Bonnick had 16 points in the loss.

The Memorial Sea-Hawks also earned an eight point weekend, allowing them to take sole posession of first place with a 12-4 record and 36 points on the season. The Sea-Hawks earned back-to-back victories over the Saint Mary's Huskies in Halifax this weekend. They kicked things off with 72-67 win Saturday night, with Alana Short pacing all scorers with 20 points on the night for Sea-Hawks. Teammate Hallie Nickerson added 14 points while Ines Salat Margarit had 13 in the win. The Huskies were led by senior Estelle Eduardo who finished the day with 14 points and three assists.

They then earned an 84-81 victory over the Huskies Sunday afternoon, with Nickerson showing why she leads the country in scoring. She finished the game with a game-high 26 points, allowing the Sea-Hawks to hold on for the win. Rookie Lucina Beaumont, sophomore Alaina McMillan and Arianna Macias all posted 18 points for Saint Mary's in the loss. 

The UPEI Panthers played to their seventh straight victory this weekend, earning a close 66-60 win over the UNB Reds Saturday night. UPEI's Jenna Mae Ellesworth had a game-high 31 points and five rebounds to earn the Subway Player of the Game nod. Grace Simpson led the Reds with 18 points and six rebounds while Krystal Osbourn had 12 points and nine rebounds. The Panthers now sit in third in the standings with a 12-2 record for 30 points. 

With just one game this weekend, the Acadia Axewomen earned their sixth straight win, extending their record to 12-3 on the season for 32 points. Powered by a 27-point effort from Haley McDonald, the Axewomen defeated the X-Women 71-55 Friday night in Antigonish. McDonald also added six rebounds and a pair of steals to earn Subway player of the game honours. For the X-Women, Fraser finished with a team-high 21 points.




Friday, Jan. 31
Dalhousie 65 at Cape Breton 83 (4-point game)
Acadia 71 at StFX 55 (4-point game) 

Saturday, Feb. 1
StFX 64 at Cape Breton 72 (4-point game)
Memorial 72 at Saint Mary's 67 (4-point game)
UPEI 66 at UNB 60 (4-point game) 

Sunday, Feb 2
Memorial 84 at Saint Mary's 81 (4-point game)

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