Port Wil­liams na­tive breaks an­other Aca­dia record

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The Aca­dia women’s bas­ket­ball records keep fall­ing.

This time, sec­ond-year Ax­e­woman Ha­ley Mc­don­ald broke the record for three-point shots made in a sin­gle sea­son once held by Emma Duinker.

In the first of two meet­ings be­tween the Ax­e­women and the Dal­housie Tigers, Mc­don­ald posted a game-high 32 points that in­cluded the four three-point bas­kets needed to break Duinker’s record.

“I had no idea the record was com­ing up. I walked up to sub in and the guy at the scorer’s table said you need one more. I had no idea what he was talk­ing about. I didn’t know if he meant one more point, one more minute. I didn’t un­der­stand, but, I mean, there are a lot of Aca­dia all-time greats and it’s nice to be on the list. My team­mates give me the ball, so I can’t say much,” said Mc­don­ald fol­low­ing the game.

Aca­dia net­ted 38 points in the paint, added nine three-point bas­kets to the mix and had 38 points scored by the bench. The Ax­e­women out-gunned the Tigers in all sta­tis­ti­cal cat­e­gories in their 93-53 win over the Tigers Feb. 15.

With 47 per cent from the floor, the Ax­e­women held on to a lead for the game’s en­tirety. Post­ing a 50-23 lead af­ter one half, the Ax­e­women recorded their largest lead of 48 with just over four min­utes re­main­ing in the game.

Four Ax­e­women scored in Port Wil­liams na­tive Ha­ley Mc­don­ald is the lat­est record breaker for the Ax­e­women: she broke the record for three-point shots made in a sin­gle sea­son.

dou­ble dig­its in­clud­ing Mc­don­ald’s 32 points. Paloma An­der­son net­ted 16 points and added 12 re­bounds, while team­mate Al­lie Berry scored 18 points and had 13

re­bounds. Chanel Smith drained two shots from the dis­tant arc and added 10 points to the team to­tal.

In their sec­ond match-up against the Tigers Feb. 17, the Ax­e­women pushed the pace through­out the game and used their tran­si­tion to get an early lead. Aca­dia came away with the 92-72 win and clinched first place in the AUS stand­ings with a 17-2 record.

Mc­don­ald put to­gether an im­pres­sive first quar­ter, go­ing 5-7 from the field with two of them from deep for a 14-point quar­ter. The Tigers were forced into late shot clock op­tions that weren’t fall­ing for them, and as a re­sult trailed 30-13 at the end of the first.

The Tigers were able to get some en­ergy from the pro­duc­tion of Diedre Alexan­der, who ended the half with 12 points to lead the Tigers scor­ers while Mc­don­ald con­tin­ued to get it done for the Ax­e­women, end­ing the half with 20 points in a 52-31 Aca­dia half­time lead.

Aca­dia came out ag­gres­sively in the open­ing min­utes of the fourth quar­ter, feed­ing the ball into the paint with Alexan­dra Berry, be­com­ing a huge pres­ence in­side. The Ax­e­women spoiled the Tigers se­nior night and came away with the 92-72 vic­tory.

Mc­don­ald had a game high 27 points and four re­bounds. Berry fin­ished close be­hind her with 25 points and eight re­bounds.

The Ax­e­women will wrap up their sea­son on the road this week­end when they travel to Cape Bre­ton for a four-point game Feb. 24. A win will give the Ax­e­women an 18-2 record, top­ping the record set by the 2011-2012 Ax­e­women who won the AUS cham­pi­onship with a 17-3 record.


In the third meet­ing of the sea­son, the Dal­housie Tigers picked up an 85-65 win against the host Aca­dia Ax­e­men af­ter los­ing the first two matchups in early Novem­ber.

Ax­e­men Nick De Palma, Ben Miller and Erik Nis­sen net­ted 11, 12 and 12 points re­spec­tively. Nis­sen pulled down eight boards and added four blocks.

The Ax­e­men com­bined light­sout shoot­ing with tough de­fence in the first quar­ter and held onto a lead through­out to take the 75-63 win in the sec­ond match be­tween the Dal­housie Tigers and Ax­e­men. The win gave the Ax­e­men a 3-1 reg­u­lar sea­son win against the first-place Tigers.

The Ax­e­men com­bined a strong in­te­rior pres­ence of Nis­sen and Rhys Larry on the glass with Miller and De Palma con­tin­u­ing to shoot the lights out from deep.

The se­ries of tough of­fen­sive sets con­tin­ued for the Tigers to end the half, shoot­ing a com­bined 35 per cent from the field through two quar­ters com­pared to the 62 per cent the Ax­e­men put to­gether.

Alex Car­son led the Tigers in first half scor­ing with 13 points, in­clud­ing two shots from deep. Miller was per­fect in the first half for the Ax­e­men, go­ing 5-5 from the field in­clud­ing 3-3 from long range for 14 points.

Miller ended up fin­ish­ing with 14 points, six re­bounds and five as­sists, go­ing 3-4 from long range.

Ax­e­men will fin­ish their reg­u­lar sea­son with a four-point trip to Cape Bre­ton Feb. 23.


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