Axewomen a 'positive' 0-3 at Thunder Selects tourney

John Decoste
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Abbey Duinker earns all-star berth

Acadia's Abbey Duinker earned an all-star berth at the Thunder Selects Classic Dec. 28-30 in Halifax. Duinker had 59 p-oints and 33 rebounds in her team's three tournament games.

The Acadia women’s basketball team didn’t pick up any wins at the Thunder Selects Classic Dec. 28-30 at Saint Mary’s, but according to head coach Bev Greenlaw, there were lots of positives from his team’s first action since before Christmas.

The Axewomen played three games at the tournament, losing 59-54 to Western Dec. 28, 69-66 to Brock Dec. 29 and dropping an 80-66 decision to McMaster Dec. 30.

Acadia, with Kristy Moore and Rita Sibo both out for the season due to knee injuries, started Abbey Duinker, Maya Macatumpag, Tamara Dondi, Maire Burke and Emily MacLeod against Western. The Axewomen also welcomed back Allie Berry who had been sidelined several games with a hip injury.

Acadia led 12-6 after the first quarter against Western, but trailed 26-24 at halftime after losing the second quarter 20-12. The Axewomen won the third quarter 9-6, but lost the fourth 27-21.

Dunker, who had an outstanding tournament and earned an all-star selection, finished with a team-high 15 points and 14 rebounds.

Macatumpag chipped in 12 points, including a trio of three-pointers.  MacLeod added 10 points, as did Berry, who also had seven rebounds.

Jenny Vaughan had 19, including four threes, and Katelyn Leddy 15 points and nine rebounds for Western.

In their second game, Acadia lost by three to a Brock squad that would come within two points, 54-52, of top-ranked Saint Mary’s in the tournament final.

The Axewomen won three of the four quarters by a total of 11 points, but Brock had a 27-13 edge in the second quarter that was the difference.

Trailing 44-32 at halftime, Acadia won the third quarter 16-12 and the fourth 18-13, but was still three points behind at the buzzer.

Duinker had a huge game with 28 points and 11 rebounds. Aprille Deus added 12 points, including a pair of threes, and seven assists.

Brock had five players in double figures, led by Samantha deJong with 16 points and Andrea Polischuk with 14.

Acadia’s final tournament action was against McMaster, which sprinted out to a 43-22 halftime lead. The Axewomen won the third quarter 23-19 and the fourth 21-18, but were still behind by 14 at the end.

Berry made her presence felt with a team-high 21 points and four rebounds in 28 minutes in her first start in a while. Duinker continued her solid play with 16 points and eight boards, and Katie Ross contributed 13 points.

Jackie Nimec had 23 points and Hailey Milligan 22 for McMaster.

The Axewomen take a 2-5 record into their second-half opener Jan. 11 in Wolfville against Memorial. The SeaHawks are also in town Jan. 12.

Organizations: SeaHawks

Geographic location: Acadia, Saint Mary, Wolfville

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