WOLFVILLE, N.S. (from Acadia Axewomen) – A big fourth quarter of 35 points gave the U Sports No. 1 ranked Acadia Axewomen a 91-76 win over the visiting University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds.
Player of the Game Chanel Smith (Halifax) posted 14 of her 20 points in the final frame as the Axewomen improve to 11-0 and remain undefeated in AUS basketball regular season play. UNB dropped to fifth place at 6-6.
With the lead changing 11 times during a tight three quarters of the play, both teams were close in most statistical categories.
The largest lead for the Varsity Reds came 40 seconds into the game when they pushed out to a four-point lead. The only dominant lead for the Axewomen was in the fourth quarter when Acadia outscored UNB 35-17.
“We weren’t really feeding off each other for the first half, but we came together in the fourth and told each other we need to pick it up and I think that’s what sparked it and we believed in each other,” said Smith.
Haley McDonald (Port Williams, N.S.) led the Axewomen with 22 points. Paloma Anderson (Phoenix, Ariz.) netted 19 points.
The Varsity Reds were led by second-year guard Mikaela Dodig (Bolton, Ont.), who netted 20 points that included four three-point baskets. Laura Kaye (Fredericton, N.B.) and former Axewoman Emily MacLeod (Fredericton, N.B.) contributed 17 and 14 points respectively.
The Axewomen hope to remain undefeated after 12 games as they play host to the UPEI Panthers on Saturday.
UNB will conclude their road trip Saturday in Halifax with a game against the Dalhousie Tigers.