The Saskatchewan Huskies erased a 12 point deficit after three quarters to force overtime and came out on top defeating the Winnipeg Wesmen 70-66 Saturday evening at the Duckworth Centre in Winnipeg.
The no. 4 ranked Huskies trailed 49-37 after three quarters but outscored the Wesmen 20-8 in the fourth quarter to tie the score at 57-57 after regulation time.
Fifth year guard Katie Miyazaki led the Huskies with 15 points. Kabree Howard and Dalyce Emmerson each scored 12. Emmerson also grabbed 12 rebounds for the double-double. Kelsey Trulsrud also had a double-double consisting of 10 points and a game high 13 rebounds. Howard also dished out six assists.
Second year guard Stephanie Kleysen led Winnipeg with a game high 22 points. Alyssa Grant and Amy Ogidan each scored 16. Ogidan led the team in rebounds with 10. Kleysen also finished with three assists and four steals.
Winnipeg came out on fire in the opening quarter and held a 16-10 lead after the opening quarter and continued to outplay the Huskies in the second quarter by outscoring Saskatchewan 14-9 to take a 30-19 lead into the halftime break.
The Wesmen opened up the second half on a 9-2 run to extend their lead 39-21 four minutes into the third frame. Winnipeg continued to carry the play and maintained a double-digit lead for the remainder of the quarter.
Saskatchewan chipped away at the Wesmen lead in the early stages of the fourth quarter reeling off eight straight points in the opening three minutes to cut the Wesmen lead to 49-45. After an exchange of baskets, Kabree Howard drained a three pointer with 2:45 to tie the score at 53-53 and after a Winnipeg turnover a basket by Dalyce Emmerson gave the Huskies their first lead since the opening minute at 55-53. Alyssa Grant tied the game at 55-55 and after another exchange of baskets and a last second shot by Miyazaki hit the rim, the teams were headed for overtime.
The Huskies outscored the Wesmen 13-9 in the overtime period.
The win improves the Huskies record to 13-4. Winnipeg falls to 8-10. Saskatchewan will be home to Manitoba next weekend. Winnipeg will be on the road in Calgary to face the Dinos.