The Acadia Axewomen earned back-to-back wins to pick up eight points and earn their eighth straight victory, allowing them to take a four point lead in the AUS women's basketball standings this weekend.
The Axewomen kicked things off on Wednesday night, topping the Saint Mary's Huskies 87-68 in Halifax. Haley McDonald led the Axewomen in the victory with a game-high 20 points, adding seven rebounds, four assists and two steals. The Huskies were led by Lucina Beaumont, who posted 18 points in the loss.
Acadia then went on to defeat the third place UPEI Panthers 78-70 Saturday night in Wolfville. McDonald led the Axewomen once again, finishing with 26 points in the win. Reese Baxendale led the Panthers, scoring a team-high 22 points and making four of her eight attempted three-pointers.
UPEI split their weekend games, earning four points with a win over the UNB Reds Thursday evening in Charlottetown. Reese Baxendale led the Panthers to victory, nailing four straight free throws late in the game as the Panthers held off the Reds fourth quarter run for the 65-62 victory. Baxendale finished with a game-high 26 points on the night, adding six rebounds, two assists and one steal. The Reds were led by Mikaela Dodig who finished with 16 points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals on the night.
The Reds bounced back Saturday evening, outscoring the StFX X-Women 42-30 in the second half en route to an 81-61 victory at the StFX Saputo Centre. Subway Player of the Game Dodig scored a game-high 23 points to the lead the Reds, and added six rebounds, six assists and a steal. For the X-Women, Aliyah Fraser finished with 14 points and Marley Bonnick added 12.
The X-Women split their weekend games, handing the Dalhousie Tigers a 58-46 loss Wednesday night. StFX's Briar MacDonald finished the night with a game-high 19 points and 10 rebounds for a double-double performance and the Subway Player of the Game title in the win. Chloe Wilson led the attack for the Tigers with 13 points and 7 rebounds.
The Huskies hosted the Cape Breton Capers Saturday evening, earning a 96-91 overtime win, allowing them to clinch a playoff position. Huskies sophomore guard Alaina McMillan led Saint Mary's with 30 points and a game-high seven steals in the win. Cape Breton's Hailey MacLeod paced all scorers with 31 points and recorded a double-double with 12 rebounds in the loss.
The Capers bounced back Sunday afternoon, earning a 72-67 win over the Tigers in Halifax. For the Capers, MacKenzee Ryan finished with 23 points to lead all scorers, while Monique Calliste earned the Subway Player of the Game title with 13 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists to go along with a solid defensive game. Chloe Wilson led the attack for the Tigers, finishing with 20 points and 9 rebounds.
With just two weeks remaining in the regular season, the AUS women's basketball playoffs have been set, with the Axewomen, Sea-Hawks, Panthers, Reds, Huskies and Capers all clinching playoff berths.
Thursday, Feb. 6
UNB 62 at UPEI 65 (4-point game)
Sunday, Feb 9
Cape Breton 72 at Dalhousie 67 (4-point game)