Tigers make playoffs despite 68-58 loss to Capers

The women’s B-ball Tigers fell to the Cape Breton Capers 68-58 in Cap Breton on Friday, Feb. 26.

Even with the loss the Tigers were able to secure the sixth and final playoff spot in the AUS. That is a big accomplishment for a team that was voted to finish in last place in a preseason coach’s poll.

With the win the Capers secured third place, which means the two teams will face each other in the first round of the playoffs. The game will be in the Scotiabank Centre on Friday, Mar. 4 at 3 p.m.

The Tigers were right with the Capers for most of the game.

The Capers took the first quarter 17-15 but the Tigers answered back to win the second 16-15. The game went into the half with the Capers up 32-31.

The third quarter saw the Capers expand their lead taking the frame 16-13. They held a four-point lead at 48-44 heading into the fourth.

The Tigers scored the first bucket of the fourth, but then the Capers pulled away with a 12-0 run stretching their lead to 14 at 60-46. The Tigers outscored the Capers 12-8 down the stretch but couldn’t make up the gap. The Capers took the fourth 20-14 to lock up the win.

Diedre Alexander and Meghan Thompson led the Tigers with 13PTS each, Alexander added 6REB and 3AST, while Thompson had 3REB and 1AST. Ainsley McIntyre dropped 10PTS and picked up 4REB, 2AST and 2STL. Sophie Gaube finished with 8PTS, 5REB and 3AST.

To all Tigers fans, be sure to be at the Scotiabank Centre Friday, Mar. 4 at 3 p.m. to cheer on you squad in the AUS playoffs.

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