© John DeCoste
Abbey Duinker had an outstanding weekend, leading the Acadia Axewomen to a pair of wins over the Dalhousie Tigers. The second-year forward, one of Acadia’s best players since Christmas, had 19 points and 10 rebounds in an 83-63 win Feb. 19 and 19 points and 12 rebounds in a 75-69 win Feb. 20.
BY JOHN DECOSTE
Kings County Advertiser/Register
The Acadia women’s basketball team needed at least one win in their weekend series with the Dalhousie Tigers to clinch an AUBC playoff spot.
Players went one better, sweeping both games 83-63 Feb. 19 and holding on for a 75-69 victory Feb. 20, wrapping up a playoff berth and improving their season to 9-8.
Acadia had three regular season games remaining after Feb. 20, all on home court: a meeting with the Saint Mary’s Huskies Feb. 23 and a pair of games Feb. 26 and Feb. 27 against Memorial.
February 19, Acadia led 22-6 after one quarter and 39-13 at halftime and cruised to victory. Dalhousie won the third quarter 23-18 and the fourth 27-26, but were still 20 points in arrears at the final buzzer. Acadia shot 40.7 from the floor, 11-33 from three point range and won the rebounding battle 50-46.
Kristy Moore and Abbey Duinker both continued their solid play of late, Moore with 24 points on 9-16 shooting, including four threes, and Duinker with a “double-double” of 19 points and 10 rebounds. Ariel Smith and Emma Duinker both contributed 13 points, and each made a trio of three-pointers.
Courtney Thompson led the Tigers with 16 points, including 8-8 from the foul line, and added 11 rebounds. Brooke Sullivan added 13 points and 12 rebounds, and Anna Von Maltzahn also had 13 points.
February 20, the Axewomen scored the game’s first 10 points and held a 20-16 lead after one quarter, then maintained that advantage through an 18-18 second quarter to lead 38-34 at halftime. Acadia then won the third quarter 20-19 and the fourth 17-16 to win by six.
The Axewomen led by as many as 11, 70-59 with 5:29 remaining, and led 75-65 with 1:03 to play before the Tigers responded with a four late points.
Abbey Duinker led a solid team effort with 19 points and 12 rebounds for her second “double-double” of the weekend. Player of the Game Lindsay Harris added 15 points, Emma Duinker 12 (and eight rebounds) and Stefanie Chapman 11.
Von Maltzahn was Dalhousie’s player of the game with 22 points and 13 rebounds, leading both teams in both categories. Thompson added 16 points and Brooke Sullivan finished with 12.
The pair of wins allowed the Axewomen to sweep their four regular season games from Dalhousie, which fell to 4-15, out of playoff contention with one regular season game remaining. Acadia moved temporarily into fifth place with 24 points, two up on sixth-place Saint Mary’s.