Slow start costly

Pan­thers drop se­cond of the week­end to Ax­e­women

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS - THE GUARDIAN

A cold start shoot­ing the bas­ket­ball cost the UPEI Pan­thers Satur­day in los­ing 77-64 to the Aca­dian Ax­e­women.

The host Pan­thers went 1-for15 to fall be­hind 16-2 with 1:25 left in the first quar­ter.

“We had re­ally good looks and just didn’t make any shots,” Pan­thers head coach Greg Gould said. “I thought we were a lit­tle too pas­sive de­fen­sively. I thought we al­lowed them to do things that we don’t want them to do on a nor­mal ba­sis.”

The Ax­e­women held quar­ter leads of 16-6, 38-19 and 56-37 and were ahead by as many as 27 points mid­way through the third. The Pan­thers fought back and scored 27 in the fourth - sur­pass­ing their first half to­tal by eight.

“I was ex­tremely proud of the way ev­ery­body went in and com­peted. We didn’t give up,” Gould said. “Katie Donahoe knocked down some shots. I thought Jas­mine Jones went in and gave us some en­ergy off the bench. An­ge­nay (Wil­liams), I think, was un­stop­pable on the in­side.”

Alexandra Berry led the way for Aca­dia with 24 points and 17 re­bounds while Paloma An­der­son chipped in 15 points, nine re­bounds, six as­sists and five steals. Chanel Smith added 13 points and eight re­bounds.

Donahoe led the Pan­thers with 22 points, in­clud­ing go­ing 5-for-8 from three-point ter­ri­tory. Wil­liams had 19 points off the bench in 23 min­utes.

The Pan­thers shot 19 per cent (6-for-32) from the field in the first half and 42 (18-43) in the se­cond.

The Ax­e­women im­proved to 11-0 while the Pan­thers fall to 28 af­ter open­ing the sea­son 2-0.

The Pan­thers have dropped three games to start the se­cond half of the sea­son against the top two teams in the con­fer­ence, who are a com­bined 20-1.

Gould said the Pan­thers have some big games com­ing up with lots of points on the board. The Pan­thers host UNB (7-4) on Fri­day and Dal­housie (4-7) on Satur­day in four-point games.

“We still have lots of time left to do what we need to do, which is to get our­selves in a play­off po­si­tion,” he said. “Once you’re in play­off po­si­tion then any­thing can hap­pen.”


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