Tigers fall to Axewomen 59-50 at Varsity Showdown
Playing in the first annual Varsity showdown at the Scotiabank Centre, the Tigers’ women’s basketball team fell 59-50 to the Acadia Axewomen. The loss gave the Tigers a 5-9 record on the season.
Tigers Head Coach Anna Stammberger was not happy with the team’s offensive performance, as the team only shot 28.4 per cent from the field.
“I thought we started out not getting very good shots,” Stammberger said. “We adjusted and we got good shots, they just didn’t drop. I thought we were playing pretty good basketball in the second half but the ball wasn’t going in the hoop.”
The Tigers had a tremendous performance defensively holding the Axewomen to 59 points. The Axewomen score more than anyone in the AUS with over 75 points per game.
The Axewomen built a lead in the first quarter taking the frame 19-10.
The second quarter saw the game slow down as both teams struggled to score. The Axewomen won the frame 8-7 to take a 27-17 lead into the half.
The third quarter was the Tigers’ best. They used a balanced attack to win the frame 15-10. Diedre Alexander and Ainsley McIntyre led the way with 4PTS each.
Sophie Gaube hit a three with 1:55 to go in the quarter to make it 33-32 Axewomen but that was as close as the Tigers would get.
The Axewomen responded in the fourth winning the quarter 21-18 to secure the win.
The Axewomen had a balanced attack as four players scored in double digits.
The Tigers were led offensively by Alexander who finished with 13PTS. Tessa Stammberger had a double-double with 12PTS and 10REB, while McIntyre added 9PTS.
“We played really well defensively,” Alexander said. “Our offense was a little rough. We’re just going to keep improving off of what happened tonight.”
Tigers beat Sea-Hawks 62-55
The Tigers’ women’s basketball team picked up a big 62-55 win over the Memorial Sea-Hawks in St Johns N.B on Saturday, Feb. 6. The win gave the Tigers a 6-9 record on the season.
The first quarter was tight as the Tigers took the frame 17-15. Ainsley McIntyre led the Tigers with 6PTS in the opening 10 minutes.
From that point on, it was a game of momentum swings.
The Tigers won the second 18-7 to take a 35-22 lead into the half. McIntyre led the way for the Tigers again with 8PTS in the quarter.
In the third, the Sea-Hawks took control and won the frame 22-10 nearly erasing the Tigers lead. The game was 45-44 Tigers heading into the fourth.
With the win in sight, the Tigers clamped down defensively and used a balanced attack to take the fourth 17-11. Five Tigers scored points in the quarter to help pick up the big ‘W’ for the team.
McIntyre had a huge game for the Tigers with 19PTS and 7REB. Tessa Stammberger added 16PTS and 7REB, while Sophie Gaube came off the bench to chip in 8PTS.
Tigers fall 80-77 to Sea-Hawks in OT
Playing the second game of a road trip to St Johns, N.B, the Tigers’ women basketball team fell 80-77 to the Memorial Sea-Hawks in overtime. The loss left the Tigers with a 6-10 record. They sit comfortably in the playoff picture in fifth place in the AUS with 16 points.
The Sea-Hawks took the first quarter 19-15.
The Tigers came back in the second quarter 19-18 to send the game to the half 37-34 Sea-Hawks.
In the third quarter, the Sea-Hawks came out flying and won the frame 24-17 to take a 61-51 lead into the fourth.
The Tigers stormed back in the fourth quarter. A Meghan Thompson three with 1:44 left gave the Tigers their first lead since a 5-4 advantage early in the first quarter.
Two free-throws by Diedre Alexander put the Tigers in front 72-70 with 0:19 on the clock. Lindsay Taylor hit a jumper for the Sea-Hawks to tie it up with 0:11 left. The Tigers took a timeout to draw up a play but Ainsley McIntyre just missed on her shot with 0:02 on the clock to send the game to overtime.
The Sea-Hawks took the extra frame 7-5 to pick up the win.
It was the highest scoring game the Tigers have played in all season.
McIntyre led the Tigers with 15PTS and 9REB, while Thompson added 15PTS of her own off the bench. Alexander finished up with 14PTS, 7REB. Tessa Stammberger had 10PTS in only 15 minutes of game time. Sophie Gaube added 9PTS off the bench, while Shalyn Field had 5PTS, 8REB, 5AST and Michela Barresi had 5PTS, 9REB.
The Tigers host the Cape Breton Capers at the Dalplex on Friday, Jan. 12 in a four-point game.