December 3, 2012, PRINCE GEORGE, BC (ISN) – The No.9 Saskatchewan Huskies downed the UNBC Timberwolves 92-70 at the Northern Sport Centre (Prince George, BC) on Saturday night.
The visiting Huskies were led by fourth year guard Kiera Lyons (Ryley, AB), who netted 28 points, 18 of which were from the 3-point line. Dalyce Emmerson (Prince Albert, SK) added a double-double with 16 points and 13 rebounds.
UNBC’s Mercedes VanKoughnett was the top scorer for the Timberwolves. VanKoughnett went 4-5 from behind the arc, totaling 21 points and seven rebounds at the final whistle. Sarah Robin (Prince Rupert, BC) chipped in 14 and Emily Kaehn (Hixon, BC) added 10.
Both sides battled in the first quarter, exchanging possessions and points. UNBC held their biggest lead in the first quarter when they led Saskatchewan by seven. Saskatchewan pulled out their press, and fought their way to back to tie it up at 24 heading into the second quarter.
The Huskies’ zone defense forced the Timberwolves to play the perimeter and shoot from the outside. While the home side struggled to find an answer to the zone in front of them, the vising Huskies went on to score 20 unanswered points during the first eight minutes of the second half. Timberwolves’ VanKoughnett was the first to break Saskatchewan’s run, draining a three to make it 44-27 in favour of the Huskies.
The second half resembled the first quarter. Both teams finding their groove and adding points to the board. The Timberwolves managed to outscore the Huskies 22-21 in the third, and continued to battle through the final 10 minutes.
It is a tough task for any team to come back from a 20 point deficit, and although the Timberwolves held their own against the nationally ranked Huskies, being outscored 27-9 in the second quarter sealed their fate. The Huskies finished over the Timberwolves 92-70.
At the end of 40, the No.9 Saskatchewan Huskies improved to 5-5, while the Timberwolves fall to 3-7 heading into the break.
The No.9 Saskatchewan Huskies will return to Canada West league play on January 18-19. The Huskies will host the UBC Okanagan Heat on Friday night, followed by the TRU WolfPack on Saturday.
The UNBC Timberwolves will return to conference play hosting Winnipeg on January 17, and Manitoba on January 19.