Axewomen lose first game of regular season to Memorial

JOHN’S, NL – The Memorial Sea-Hawks split the series against the Acadia Axewomen after their win Sunday, 87-79. 

The Axewomen were leading at the end of the first half. It was an exceptionally competitive half of basketball. No one player truly dominated in the first twenty minutes of action. Both teams were struggling to score, due to both teams locking down on defense. Acadia shot 36% from the field, whereas MUN shot 29%. Acadia held a four point lead at half, 37-33. 

Haley McDonald and Rachel Clouatre-Trudeau both had 10 points for Acadia at halftime. Alana Short had 10 points for the Hawks at the half. It was fairly balanced scoring for both teams. 

The second half was an incredible display of competition, hustle, and grit. The Axewomen opened up the half on a 12-2 run. MUN weathered the storm and made a solid comeback, bringing the score back to a one-point difference at the end of the third. Tempers flared in the third, with both coaches earning technical fouls. It was a tense competition from the tip-off to the final whistle. 

The fourth quarter was an impressive display of teamwork and execution for the Hawks, going on a solid 7-0 run, taking the lead. The Hawks managed to maintain control of the game in the final frame with multiple role players stepping up in the clutch. 

Innes Salat Margarit, Hannah Green, and Sammi Deakin-Sharpe all contributed massively off the bench. Sammi Deakin-Sharpe earned herself player-of-the-game commendations off 17 points. Alana Short was the top scorer for MUN today, posting 25 points. 

For the Axewomen, Haley McDonald, Rachel Clouatre-Trudeau, and Sarsha Cadle were the bright spots. Cadle posted another solid double-double with 15 points, 12 rebounds. McDonald was Acadia’ top scorer with 25. Cloautre-Trudeau had a respectable 19 points, and 6 assists. 

MUN stands 4-2 in the season. They take on St. FX on the road for their next matchup. 

Eric Cederberg is the Director of Communications for Acadia Athletics.