Reds Fall To X, Split Weekend

Reds Fall To X, Split Weekend

(ANTIGONISH, NS) The St. FX X-Women(2-6) defeated the UNB Varsity Reds(5-4) 68-61, in AUS basketball action Saturday night.


The regular season match-up marked the home team's Shoot for the Cure fundraiser, which raised awareness and funds for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.


In the first quarter, senior forward Lindsay Lessard, with 12 points on five-of-six shooting from the floor, led the X-Women to a 19-11 advantage.


Grace Wade sparked the Varsity Reds, scoring five of their 11 first-quarter points.


After a slow start in the first five minutes of the second quarter, with the teams combining for only nine points, the Varsity Reds cut the X-Women lead to 23-20, on the strength of four consecutive points from Hannah Currie.


On the strength of three three-pointers from Laura Kaye, the Varsity Reds stayed close, but could not cut the X-Women lead to less than nine points before the end of the third quarter.


By the midway point of the fourth quarter, the X-Women surged to their biggest edge of the game - 62-44.

Keyed by a pair of Wade three-pointers, the Varsity Reds replied with a 13-0 run to cut the deficit to 62-57, with less than 90 seconds left in regulation.

A pair of Lessard free throws with 42 seconds remaining, stopped the late UNB run, making it 64-57 for StFX.

The Subway player of the game Lessard, with a game-high points 27 points, led the X-Women.
For the Varsity Reds, Wade and Kaye finished in double figures, with 14 and 13 points, respectively.

Kaye added six steals, five assists and four rebounds, while former X-Women player Kiley DeLong finished with seven points, a team-high eight rebounds, one assist and one steal.

The Varsity Reds return to action Friday, when they face the Dalhousie Tigers. Tip-off is scheduled for 6PM.