By John DeCoste
The Acadia women’s basketball team dropped two of three games at the Thunder Selects Holiday Classic tournament Dec. 28-30 in Halifax.
After opening with an 86-62 win over St. F.X. Dec. 28, the Axewomen dropped a 73-64 decision to Saint Mary’s Dec. 29, then lost 68-55 to Dalhousie Dec. 30.
Acadia opened with a bang in their first action since before Christmas, shooting 48 per cent from the floor (55 per cent in the first half) and winning all four quarters against St. F.X.
Lindsay Harris led a ‘three-pronged’ Acadia offense with 22 points and a game-high nine rebounds. Emily Nkosi added 21 points, including five three-pointers and eight rebounds, and Abbey Duinker finished with 20 points and eight boards.
In the Saint Mary’s game, the Huskies’ Justine Colley was the difference, finishing with 34 points, almost half her team’s total, as SMU won by nine.
The Axewomen shot decently (46.6 per cent), but for the second straight game, turned the ball over 31 times, which helped waste a solid 22-point, 11-rebound performance from Duinker.
Playing without the injured Kristy Moore, their leading scorer before Christmas, the Axewomen - who got 15 points from Harris and 11 from Nkosi - outshot the Huskies but had no counter for Colley.
The defeat relegated Acadia to consolation play and a meeting with Dalhousie in the third-place game.
Acadia outshot Dal 38.2 per cent to 35.5, but the Tigers took 21 more shots and had a 55-38 edge in rebounding, including a 27-9 advantage at the offensive end. The Axewomen also committed 22 turnovers to 14 for Dal.
Harris wrapped up a successful weekend by leading all scorers with 25 points and added seven rebounds. Duinker chipped in 16 points and 11 rebounds for an offensive ‘double-double’.
The Axewomen will resume the AUBC regular season Jan. 5 in Wolfville against UPEI.