February 10, 2013, Winnipeg, MB (ISN) – The Saskatchewan Huskies women’s basketball team has completed a weekend series sweep over the Manitoba Bisons with a 72-55 victory on Saturday, Feb. 9 at the Investors Group Athletic Centre (U of M campus).
After a slow start, the Huskies (13-7) took control of the game in the third quarter, outscoring their opponents 21-6 in the frame and entered the fourth with a 53-34 lead. For the second straight night, Saskatchewan controlled the glass, winning the rebound battle by a 54-32 margin.
The win, coupled with a Lethbridge Pronghorns loss, has allowed the Huskies to clinch a spot in the Canada West postseason. Kelsey Trulsrud recorded a double-double for Saskatchewan with 11 points and 10 boards. Kiera Lyons had 12 points to lead the visitors, who had 11 different players register a point.
Sheree Carmona-Galdamez had a game-high 22 points for Manitoba (2-19), who has now lost 17 straight conference games. Brittany Koop chipped in with 8 points and 7 rebounds. The Bisons shot well from the free throw line in the game, going 17-for-22 at the stripe.
“We got to take our last opportunity to get better on Wednesday and go from there,” said Bison co-head coach Michele Hynes, “We just haven’t been able to produce on the floor on gameday.”
The Bisons had a 19-12 lead after a first quarter which saw high defensive intensity from both teams. Saskatchewan, which entered the weekend with the highest field goal percentage in the Canada West, was held to 4-of-16 from the field in the quarter. The Huskies were able to find their shooting rhythm in the second, starting the quarter on an 8-0 run, and entered halftime up by four points.
The Huskies stormed out of the gates at the start of the third quarter and dominated the remainder of the game. Manitoba’s struggles in the second half could be attributed to their shooting (7-of-30, 23%).
Saskatchewan closes out their regular season next weekend with a pair of home games against the Alberta Pandas (6:15 p.m. CT). Meanwhile, the Bisons finish their schedule on Wednesday night by hosting their cross-town rivals, the Winnipeg Wesmen. Game time is 6 p.m. CT at the Investors Group Athletic Centre (U of M campus).