The Memorial Sea-Hawks have taken a huge first point lead in the AUS women's basketball standings as they earned back-to-back wins over the Dalhousie Tigers to start the second half of the season.
Memorial hosted the Tigers in back-to-back games in St. John's this weekend, starting things off Friday night with a 78-45 win Friday night. Haille Nickerson led the Sea-Hawks with 34 points and six steals to go along with five rebounds and two assists. Jane Baird managed a triple double for Memorial, posting 10 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists. She also earned player of the game commendations. For the Tigers, Bridget McSwiggan had 10 points and seven rebounds, with Chelsea Slawter-Wright and Lia Kentzler netting nine and eight points respectively.
Sunday afternoon, Memorial topped the Tigers 79-66, with Haille Nickerson putting up a game-high 26 points, adding four rebounds, one assist and one steal. Sammi Deakin-Sharpe put up 21 points in the win, adding six rebounds and three assists in the victory. Slawter-Wright put up a team-high 10 points for the Tigers, adding six rebounds, two assists and two steals in the loss. The Sea-Hawks now sit with a huge 10-point lead on first place, with a 8-2 record for 24 points.
The UPEI Panthers picked up four points this weekend with a 79-60 win over the Acadia Axewomen Saturday night. After missing a combined seven games, all-stars Jenna Mae Ellsworth and Carolina Del Santo returned to the lineup, showing no signs of rust as Ellsworth finished with a team-high 21 points, six assists and four steals. Del Santo — the reigning Defensive Player of the Year — recorded nine rebounds, two blocks and two steals in the victory. Haley McDonald led the Axewomen with a game-high 25 points, seven rebounds and three assists in the loss.
The Cape Breton Capers earned their third straight victory Saturday night with a close 83-82 victory over the Saint Mary's Huskies. Audrey Rankin hit six three-pointers in a row in the 3rd and 4th quarters, finishing with 23 points and 17 rebounds for the Capers in the win. Teammate Mackenzee Ryan finished with a game-high 24 points and seven assists on the night. The Huskies had four players hit double digits. Alaina McMillan led the way with 17 points and Arianna Macias (17), Clara Gascoigne (12) and Kendra MacKinnon (11) also hit double figures.
The UNB Reds used a balanced attack to beat the StFX X-Women 73-61 Saturday. Krystal Osburn led the Reds, scoring 14 points, adding three rebounds, two steals and two blocks to earn Subway Player of the Game honours. Briar MacDonald led the X-Women with 15 points, adding four rebounds, one assist and one block.
Sunday, Jan. 5
Dalhousie 66 at Memorial 79 (4-point game)