By John DeCoste
The Acadia women’s basketball team is back up to 10 healthy players, and they were more than enough to sweep a Jan. 19-20 weekend series from the Cape Breton Capers.
The Axewomen won Saturday’s game 84-62, and followed up with a 71-59 victory Sunday to improve to 8-2 on the season, good for 22 points and a share of third place.
Acadia led 20-10 after one quarter, then won the second quarter 22-7 for a 42-17 halftime lead. The Axewomen won the third quarter 26-23, Cape Breton the fourth 22-16 as coach Greenlaw rested his starters.
Acadia welcomed Kristy Moore back from an ankle injury for Saturday’s game and she made an immediate contribution, finishing the game with 16 points, including 4-7 from three-point range.
Abbey Duinker had 11 points and eight boards and Lindsay Harris 10 points and four assists, but the story was the performance of Rachel Savage.
The second-year forward from Tennessee had a season-high 30 points in 28 minutes off the bench on 11-15 shooting, including 6-7 three-pointers, four rebounds and three assists.
Acadia shot an even 50 per cent (32-64) from the floor and was good on 13 of its 17 three-point attempts.
Colleen Keane with 16 points and Naudia Campbell with 14 off the bench were the only Capers to reach double figures. Cape Breton shot 32.8 per cent sand was only 5-15 from three-point range.
On Sunday, the Capers led 18-16 after one quarter, but again, the second quarter was kind to Acadia as they prevailed 22-8 for a 38-26 halftime advantage.
The Axewomen won the third quarter 19-16, and although they again lost the fourth, this time 17-14, were ahead by 12 at the final buzzer.
Acadia led 70-48 at one point in the fourth quarter before Greenlaw again sat most of his starters.
Lindsay Harris led the way offensively with 20 points along with seven rebounds. Moore chipped in 15, Duinker 13, Savage 10, Carlie MacDonald nine and Rita Sibo four points and a game-high nine rebounds.
Brittany Hollins had 15 and Tanira McClurkin 11 for the Capers, who shot 31.3 per cent from the floor to Acadia’s 44.2.
The Axewomen return home this weekend for a pair of games against UNB, Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday starting at 1 p.m.