The Axewomen completed the Calgary Cup with a 2-1 record that included wins against Waterloo and host Calgary.
Matched up against the women's 2018 U SPORTS championship host Regina Cougars, the Axewomen fell behind early in the game, losing the first quarter 20-14 and trailed throughout the game. Losing the battle on the boards and providing 24 turnovers, the Axewomen fell 88-67 in the opening game of the tournament. Paloma Anderson picked up a game high 18 points. Second year guard Haley MacDonald posted 13 in the losing cause.
The Axewomen rebounded in the two remaining games with a 75-69 win over the host Dinos in game two. Down 41-36 after one half of play, the Axewomen tightened up on defense and tied the game at 46 before Anderson broke the tie with two drained free throws.
A see-saw battle followed with the eventual back-breaker coming at the 9-minute mark of the final frame, when fifth year forward Katie Ross drained a three point show that would keep the Axewomen ahead for the remainder of the game.
Chanel Smith netted a game high 17 points. Anderson and Allie Berry combined for 15 and 11 points.
Acadia concluded the tournament with an 82-51 win over the Waterloo Warriors. Anderson captured player of the game honours with a 25-point game that include 10 for 10 from the free throw line.
"We played three very different opponents and showed quite well. We weren't happy with our first game versus Regina, as they are the Nationals host this year and we had wanted to give them a better game than we had," said head coach Len Harvey. "It was still positive however, as that early loss forced us to focus back in on what makes us successful. Overall, we were very happy with the trip and the team's progress. We had solid contributions from everyone at one point or another, now our job is to find more consistency in our execution and focus on both ends of the floor."
The Axewomen will finish exhibition in their third tournament at Queen's where they will take on Laval on Friday afternoon, host Queen's on Saturday evening and UBC on Sunday afternoon.