Rookie Emmerson dominates in paint as Huskies come back to drop Vikes

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Story by Andy Watson(UVic) Photographs by Glenn Ivens (ISN) (www.javalon.smugmug.com)

VICTORIA, B.C. – A strong fourth-quarter defensive performance by the No. 5 nationally ranked Saskatchewan Huskies helped them to a 62-52 comeback win over the University of Victoria Vikes at Ken & Kathy Shields Court at McKinnon Gymnasium.

Freshman post Dalyce Emmerson of Prince Albert, Sask., was terrific for the Huskies with 22 points and 14 rebounds, especially effective in scoring from the free-throw line going 12-for-14. She also forced UVic forward Sarah Semeniuk of Fruitvale, B.C., into early foul trouble and eventually contributed to Semeniuk’s fouling out before the midway point of the fourth quarter. She played just 18 minutes in the game and was held to two points and three rebounds.

IMG 7372UVic’s Cassandra Goodis launches a shot during Friday night’s CIS game against the
University of Saskatchewan Huskies at McKinnon Gym. Glenn Ivens Photo (www.javalon.smugmug.com)

In fact, the Vikes played with their bigs in foul trouble for much of the night with Natalie Janssens of Surrey, B.C., picking up all three of her personal fouls in the first half as well. In all the two posts played just 34 minutes and scored just six points.

Chelsea McMullen of Prince George was effective in the paint with a tireless, physical performance for the Vikes, leading the team with 15 points and a great second-effort night with a number of her points off second chances and two offensive boards for nine rebounds overall. Debbie Yeboah of Winnipeg also had 15 points for the Vikes – a number midway through the game to keep UVic in front.

IMG 7400Chelsea McMullen of the Vikes drives past Huskies’ Katie Miyazaki to score 2 of her
15 points on the night.
Glenn Ivens photo (www.javalon.smugmug.com)

UVic falls to 5-4 and hosts the No. 7 ranked Alberta Pandas on Saturday Jan. 7 at 5 p.m. at Ken & Kathy Shields Court at McKinnon Gymnasium. Saskatchewan improves to 5-3 on the season and faces UBC on Saturday in Vancouver.

IMG 7318UVic’s Sarah Semeniuk battles in the paint and wins.
Glenn Ivens photo (www.javalon.smugmug.com)

On Friday night in front of over 500 fans, the Vikes led 21-18 and 32-28 at the half, thanks in large part to McMullen’s work in the paint. But the Vikes had no answer for the Huskies and their strong post-play in the second half. Saskatchewan used their fifth-year experience to hold UVic to just six fourth-quarter points to pull off the win.

IMG 7298Jessica Renfrew slashes through the Huskies’ defence during CIS action on Friday night.
Glenn Ivens photo (www.javalon.smugmug.com)

The game featured 13 lead changes and relatively good defence as both teams were held to under 36 per cent shooting on the night.

Fifth-year Saskatchewan guard Katie Miyazaki of Richmond, B.C., netted 16 points and added seven rebounds in the win for the Huskies which had just six players score on the night.

IMG 7389Vikes’ Chelsea McMullen looks for opening against Huskies’ Katie Miyazaki on Friday night.
Glenn Ivens photo (www.javalon.smugmug.com)

Scoring Summary

WBB: Saskatchewan 62 UVic 52

(At Ken & Kathy Shields Court, McKinnon Gymnasium, Victoria, B.C.)

SASK 18 10 17 17 – 62

UVIC 21 11 14 6 – 52

Top Scorers: SASK-Dalyce Emmerson 22 points, 14 rebounds, 4 blocks / UVIC-Chelsea McMullen 15 points, 9 rebounds; Debbie Yeboah 15 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists.

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