Seven, usually, is considered a lucky number.
That certainly isn’t the case for the St. F.X. X-Women basketball team, which has posted an 0-7 record, thus far, in Atlantic University Sport (AUS) regular season action.
“We have not played at the level we would like, but it is not due to a lack of effort,” X-Women head coach Augy Jones said.
Although they continue to search for that first ‘W,’ the former X-Men point guard said the players “continue to stay positive.”
Jones pointed out the team has played only three games at home, including a “tough one” versus the Dalhousie Tigers, a down-to-the-wire 51-48 setback.
He noted the other two were losses to the Acadia Axewomen (87-52) – ranked #1 in U Sports – and the defending conference champion Cape Breton Capers (87-34).
Noting that people do not see what is happening “behind the scenes,” Jones described the X-Women as a “hard-working group,” one that is putting in the effort, including in areas, such as individual preparation and film work.
“Our game-day execution is still a problem,” he said.
In that area, Jones noted, the X-Women showed improvement during pre-season match-ups versus McGill and Toronto.
“They were still losses, but we executed much better,” he said.
Jones talked about “outside opinions” of the X-Women, including his coaching, noting he understands “people judge us” by the on-court performance.
Noting that last season the roster included eight players, who came directly from high school, Jones said the X-Women remain “one of the most inexperienced teams” in the conference.
“There continues to be improvement,” Jones said.
The X-Women finished their pre-Christmas regular season schedule with the aforementioned lopsided loss to the Capers.
Antigonish native Holly Scott, off the bench, led the Blue and White with 13 points, while adding three assists and two rebounds.
Starting point guard Caroline Hrabinski chipped in a team-high nine rebounds.
Jamie McCarron added eight points and four rebounds.
After falling behind 18-0, Jones said the team’s response reflected the need for improved “mental toughness.”
“Instead of stepping up, we gave up,” Jones said, reiterating the X-Women need to “compete better” in the second half of the year.
“We are going to do that, we are going to be better in the second half,” he added.