It wasn't the start to the new year the Cape Breton University Capers women's basketball team had hoped for.
The Capers dropped a four-point game in the standings with a 94-83 loss to the Acadia Axewomen at the War Memorial Gym in Wolfville Thursday night.
The defeat was the second-straight setback for the Capers, who fell to 3-4 on the season.
Emma Duinker had the hot hand for Acadia with 23 points. Kristy Moore scored 18, Lindsay Harris and Stefanie Chapman netted 15 each and Abby Duinker scored 12 and hauled down a game-high 13 boards.
The second half was the issue for the Capers. CBU held a 42-40 lead at halftime.
“We decided we weren’t going to defend very hard in the second half. We didn’t rebound the ball well and gave up too many offensive rebounds,” said Capers head coach Fabian McKenzie. “We got out-played in most facets in the second half. We have a lot of work to do still.
“We’re near the bottom of the standings and trying to look up.”
A bright spot for the Capers offence was the play of Cassie Cooke. She fired a game-high 34 points and recorded nine rebounds. Kayla McCarron scored 14, Jahlica Kirnon netted 13 and Stephanie Toxopeus chipped in 10.
CBU will be out to avenge a season-opening loss to StFX next Wednesday when they host the rival X-Women in a 6 p.m. start at the Sullivan Fieldhouse.