(ISN) – A strong second half fueled the No. 3 University of Saskatchewan Huskies past the Thompson Rivers University Wolfpack 66-59 in Women’s Canada West best-of-three quarter-final basketball playoffs Friday night at the PAC in Saskatoon.
Trailing 33-28 at the halftime break and by as many as nine points in the third quarter, the Huskies clawed their way back. A three-pointer from Amy Lackie with four minutes left in the game gave the Huskies a 59-55 lead and they never looked back.
The win gives the Huskies a 1-0 lead in the series. The winner of the series will move on to the Canada West Final Four next weekend.
A quartet of Huskies finished with double digit point totals to lead Saskatchewan offensively. Fifth-year guard Amy Lackie finished with a team-high 13 points followed by first-year forward Dalyce Emmerson with 11 points. Third-year guard Kiera Lyons and fifth-year guard Katie Miyazaki both finished with 10 points. Miyazaki also finished with a double-double snatching 13 rebounds.
The Wolfpack were led down low by fourth-year forward Diane Schuetze who finished with a double-double scoring 14 points and collecting 10 rebounds. She was supported by fifth-year guard Kaitlyn Widsten and fourth-year forward Tracy Kocs ,who finished with 12 and 11 points respectively.
Saskatchewan was strong on the boards throughout the game outrebounding TRU 40-32 overall and 7-1 on the offensive glass. The Huskies discipline also played a key role as they committed just 10 fouls in the game and giving the Wolfpack just eight foul shots. Conversely TRU committed 21 fouls and the Huskies were able to capitalize from the foul line going 20-29.
Game 2 is Saturday night at 6:15 p.m. at the PAC. Game 3, if necessary, will be Sunday at 6:15 p.m.