When the Acadia basketball Axewomen handed the Saint Mary’s Huskies their only loss of the season Feb. 12 in Wolfville, Lindsay Harris was the difference, finishing with 35 points and 14 rebounds in a 92-68 Acadia victory.
With Harris lost for the season due to a knee injury, the Axewomen were competitive for a while, but in the end, were no match for Justine Colley and her Huskies teammates Feb. 20 in Halifax.
Colley finished with 32 points, 11 rebounds, three assists and three steals in leading Saint Mary’s (18-1) to an 88-60 win over Acadia, which fell to 14-5 with one regular season game remaining.
In the process, the fourth-year guard from East Preston, N.S. established a new AUBC record for points in a season. With her second basket of the game, Colley, who had entered the contest with 513 points on the season, broke the record of 515 she had shared with former Cape Breton all-star Kelsey Hodgson.
By the end of the game, she had raised her new record total to 545 points, and in the process, had also broken the Saint Mary’s career scoring record of 1,928 points held by Jadranka Crnogorac. Colley finished the game with 1,941 career points.
Crnogorac achieved her total in five seasons. This is Colley’s fourth year with the Huskies, and she plans to return for a fifth year next fall.
Colley’s achievements somewhat overshadowed the game, in which the Axewomen jumped out to a 19-10 lead after one quarter. Saint Mary’s, however, won the second quarter 30-11, the third 18-11 and the fourth 30-19 to win by 28.
Kristy Moore finished with 17 points, Rita Sibo had 14 (and nine rebounds) and Rachel Savage had 13 for Acadia. Abbey Duinker ended up with nine points, but grabbed a game-high 15 rebounds.
The Axewomen close the regular season with a four-point game Feb. 23 at Dalhousie, and can clinch second place and a first-round playoff bye with a win or a St. F.X. loss to the Huskies.