CIS women’s basketball Friday roundup: Wesmen upset No. 2 ranked Pandas


Jan 09, 2015

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Saint Mary’s 58 UNB 52 Final Box Score | Recap
Shoot for the Cure – Lancez pour la guérison

Source: UNB Sports Info

The UNB Varsity Reds women’s basketball team nearly handed the AUS top-ranked SMU Huskies their first loss in over a year, but the Huskies came back to a 58-52 win in the first game of Think Pink weekend.

Play started strong with two teams determined not to give the other an opportunity to build up momentum. The game went into the second half tied at 26-all.

In the third quarter, the Varsity Reds came out flying and outscored the Huskies by 16 points to eight. SMU started to push back strongly in the fourth quarter, and a 19-point scoring streak in the last seven minutes of the game guaranteed they would come out on top.

Leading scoring for the Varsity Reds was Hannah Currie with 17 points. Currie suffered an unfortunate injury in the fourth quarter that had her sit out the remainder of the game. Grace Wade had the second most points for the V-Reds with 11.

Leading scoring for the Huskies was Angelina Carvery with 19 points. Kennisha-Shanice Luberisse dominated the rebound game with 10, including 6 defensive rebounds.

UNB point guard Grace Wade said there was no denying that this was a frustrating game for the squad.

“They’re the top team in the conference and we were up by a lot at one point and just had a weak fourth quarter, I guess, and let it slip,” Wade said.

“We need to keep in mind that we had that lead against the top team in our conference,” she added. “If we can build off that and make some changes from today, then hopefully we can get them tomorrow.”

The Varsity Reds and the Huskies play again tomorrow at 1pm in the RJCC.

Dalhousie 76 UPEI 57 Final Box Score
UQAM 71 Laval 67 Final Box Score
Nipissing 34 Queen’s 90 Final Box Score
Shoot for the Cure – Lancez pour la guérison

Source: Shawn MacDonald, Queen’s Sports Information Officer

KINGSTON, Ont. – Fresh off the winter break, the Gaels (5-3) grabbed an outstanding 90-34 victory against the Nipissing Lakers (0-7) on Friday night in their first game of the New Year.

The Gaels were led by Jenny Wright (Kingston, Ont.) who scored 15 points. Maddie Morris (Seeley’s Bay, Ont.), Robyn Pearson(Toronto) and Emily Hazlett (Fredericton, N.B.) had strong showings for the Gaels each putting in 12 points. Despite their loss, Claire Abbott led all scorers for the Lakers with 20 points.

The Gaels got out in front right away, scoring seven points holding off the Lakers until halfway through the first quarter. Shots from the Lakers began to find the basket as the quarter closed but the Gaels stayed ahead by six going into the second. With Wright driving their offence, the Gaels picked it up from the outside and pulled away with a 16-3 run to double their opponents who received 19 turnovers in just the first half.

With a 51-19 lead to go into the second half, the Gaels continued to dominate the court and left the Lakers in their dust, outscoring them 20-9 and leading by 43 points for the last quarter of play. Abbott kept the Lakers energy high in the final frame even as the Gaels pulled out of Nipissing’s reach, ending the game with a 90-34 victory.

11450″The feeling is that the offence is fickle,” said Coach Dave Wilson as the team prepares for Laurentian Saturday. “If you’re not making your shots, you need to be able to play really tough defence to limit the good opportunities that the opponent gets. If we take care of the defensive end of the floor, hopefully they won’t get the chance to get their shots off.”

Queen’s raised over $3,100 in their annual Shoot for the Cure night and five members of the Gaels team also cut their hair in support of the cause.

The Gaels will be back in action tomorrow night, January 10, when they host Laurentian University at 6:00 pm in the ARC Main Gym.

Source: Shawn MacDonald, Queen’s Sports Information Officer

Brock 55 Lakehead 65 Final Box Score
Algoma 51 Waterloo 85 Final Box Score
Laurentian 84 York 65 Final Box Score
Carleton 48 Ottawa 53 Final Box Score

Source: Jennifer Elliot, Ottawa Sports Info

OTTAWA – In one of the odder games played this season, the uOttawa Gee-Gees found a way to hold on to defeat a tough Ravens team and establish themselves as OUA North division leaders.

A snail-paced offensive start gave way when the Gee-Gees finished off the last four minutes of the opening quarter with a 13-0 run to grab the early lead. The Gee-Gees would continue to attack and take advantage of Ravens’ turnovers and mistakes to stretch their run out to 21-4 outscore them 29-21 by halftime after Carleton came back with a late surge.

The Ravens, a very good rebounding team, were only able to pull down four offensive rebounds in the first half which compounded their inability to score and establish a flow throughout most of the opening half.

Carleton came out as a different team in the second half to draw within three early, but couldn’t entirely rein in the Gee-Gees. However, a solid shooting game in the first half didn’t translate to the second for uOttawa as they weren’t doing themselves any favours, missing free throws and countless easy points in close.

With seven minutes to go Abeer Farhat of Carleton hit a three to tie the game for the first time since five minutes into the first quarter. The Gee-Gees couldn’t get clear by further than three points until 25 seconds remaining in the game when Stephanie MacDonald was fouled and subsequently sunk both free throws.

Farhat and follow starter Lindsay Shotbolt fouled out within a few minutes leaving a hole in the Ravens’ lineup for the final comeback push.

“I was really happy with the effort our undersized posts put in,” said Andy Sparks, Gee-Gees head coach. “We worked really hard on the low post and the high post and I think the pressure we put on those positions was really the difference in the game tonight. They wanted to establish a high-low game and we didn’t let them do that. With the kids we had out, I thought the eight that played really did a great job.” No Raven scored in double-digits on the night, with Ottawa limiting the duo of Shotbolt and Suprunchuk to seven points apiece.

“I love this rivalry. I think I had something to prove. I like to show up in the big games,” said former Raven and current Gee-Gees guard, Krista Van Singerland. She finished with a game-high 16 points. “This is a great step forward. Obviously now we’re top in our division. It’s really about us and not other teams. Us continuing to do what we excel at from here on.”

“Krista stepped up and Kellie Ring stepped up down the stretch,” added Sparks. Overall, we gave up 48 points so the defensive end was pretty good in general. But, we’ve really got to shoot it better than that. They type of team we are, we need to make some shots and it was a bit of struggle.”

The Gee-Gees will get the rest of the weekend off and look ahead to matchups next Friday against Lakehead and Saturday against Guelph both at Montpetit Hall.

Victoria 72 Manitoba 57 Final Box Score | Recap

Source: David Koroma, Manitoba Sports Info

Winnipeg, MB – The University of Manitoba Bison women’s basketball team opened the second half of the season with a tough match against the University of Victoria Vikes at Investors Group Athletic Centre on Friday, January 9. Despite a close first half, the home team was unable to keep up with the visitor’s offensive pressure as they fell 72-57.

The opening quarter saw the Bisons take an early lead following a three-pointer by their guard, Jenilyn Monton, making the score 12-4 midway through the first. The Vikes fought their way back with their own three-pointers and ended up finishing the first tied up at 18. Both teams capitalized on the opposing zone defence to come away with four threes at the end of the first.

The rest of the first half was back and forth with a more aggressive showing at the boards from both teams. Vikes’ forward, Jessica Renfrew, led the game with 16 points and three rebounds at the end of the half. It was 36-32 for Victoria at the start of the third.

After tying the game early in the second half, the home team found themselves struggling to keep up with the constant offensive pressure from the visiting Vikes. A three-point play by Victoria forward, Jenna Bugiardini, signalled a shift in momentum at the mid-point of the third as the point-gap widened to ten for the visitors. They would head into the final quarter with a lead of 59-44.

Manitoba’s offense tried to narrow the gap, but Victoria denied a comeback through aggressive defense that forced some turnovers and helped them maintain their lead. The Vikes outscored the home team 13-12 in the fourth, ending the game with a 72-57 victory.

“For the first half we were competitive. In the second half we just didn’t bring that same energy into our rotation,” said Bisons’ Head Coach Michele Hynes.

Victoria’s Bugiardini ended the game with a double-double of 18 points and 15 rebounds and Renfrew tied her for the most points in the game with 18. The leading scorer for the Bisons was forward Christina Posthumus with 12 points. This game brings Victoria to 4-6 for the season while the Manitoba Bisons now sit at 1-11.

The two teams will meet again at the Investors Group Athletic Centre at 5pm tomorrow, January 10.

Saskatchewan 76 Brandon 48 Final Box Score | Recap

Source: Brandon Sports Info

BRANDON – The Bobcats started strong, but couldn’t maintain their pace, losing 76-48 against the visiting #6 University of Saskatchewan Huskies Friday night.

The Bobcats were able to keep the game close in the first quarter, but couldn’t maintain their intensity and were out scored in the second quarter 22-13. Saskatchewan increased their lead in the third and didn’t look back, keeping Brandon to only seven points in the fourth quarter. The Huskies notched 55 rebounds, while the Bobcats only managed to grab 29.

Second-year forward Amy Williams picked up her first double-double of the season with 10 points and 10 boards. Alyssa Montgomery added 12 points and five boards, while fellow import Mikaela Stanton added 11 points for the Bobcats.

Dalyce Emmerson led the Huskies with 15 points and eight rebounds. Kelsey Trulsrud added a double-double with 12 points and 10 boards.

Bobcats head coach Novell Thomas is already looking forward to tomorrow night.

“We have to come back to outwork the Huskies in every aspect of the game,” says Thomas. “It’s just fight. It’s our will versus their will. We need to be determined to fight for the next ball no matter what.”

The win brings Saskatchewan’s record to 6-3, while the Bobcats fall to 3-8.

Both teams will face off again tomorrow night in Brandon. Tip-off is at 5 pm in the Brandon University Healthy Living Centre.

Alberta 75 Winnipeg 83 Final Box Score | Recap

Source: Sheldon Appelle, Winnipeg Sports Info

WINNIPEG – The University of Winnipeg Wesmen kicked off their second half schedule with an upset. A determined Wesmen team defeated the No 2 ranked University of Alberta Pandas 83-75 Friday evening in the Dr. David F. Anderson Gymnasium in Winnipeg.

With the win the Wesmen improve their record to 6-3. The Pandas, who sit at the top of the Pioneer Division fall to 8-2.

Winnipeg was led by the duo of third year guard Megan Noonan and second year guard Samantha Donald, who combined for 49 points in the contest. Noonan poured in 25 points, including four three pointers. Donald followed with 24 points, including three-three pointers. She was also 11-of-12 from the free throw line and finished the game with a team high seven assists. Taylor Thorkelsson led the team in rebounds with nine.

Fifth year forward Kendra Asleson led the Pandas with 16 points. Jessilyn Fairbanks added 14. Saskia Van Ginhoven finished with a double-double consisting of 11 points and a game high 12 rebounds.

In a high scoring opening quarter, Winnipeg started the contest on a positive note leading 23-19, including a last second three-pointer by Samantha Donald.

At the four minute mark of the second quarter, Donald hit another three-pointer to give Winnipeg their largest lead of the first half at 35-26. Winnipeg went into the halftime break with a 42-38 lead.

Winnipeg took control early on in the third quarter, running off eight straight points to extend their lead to double-digits at 50-38. The Wesmen continued their strong play and led 63-52 after three quarters of play.

The Pandas made the game interesting in the early stages of the fourth quarter. A quick 9-0 run cut the Wesmen lead to 63-61 1:30 into the final frame. Winnipeg was able hold off the Pandas in the late stages and capped the game sinking 7-of-8 free throws down the stretch.

Note: Winnipeg was playing without fifth year captain Stephanie Kleysen.
The two two teams will wrap up their weekend series on Saturday night. Tip off is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. (Winnipeg Time)

UBC 81 Lethbridge 60 Final Box Score | Recap

Source: Lethbridge Sports Info

Lethbridge – The Lethbridge Pronghorns dared one of the worst three-point shooting teams in Canada West to beat them with the long ball and UBC answered the call, going 10-20 from behind the arc, to propel the Thunderbirds to a 81-60 win at the 1st Choice Savings Centre Friday night.

Canada West third-leading scorer Kris Young contributed 19 for the T-Birds and fourth-year guard Cassandra Knievel led all scorers on the night with 20 points. Fifth-year standout Kim Veldman, who leads the conference in scoring, had 17 points and 6 rebounds to pace the ‘Horns.

The win improves the Thunderbirds record to 6-3 while the Pronghorns drop to 4-7 with the loss.

The Pronghorns deployed a 2-3 zone that worked early on, forcing long-range jumpers and limiting the T-Birds to just 5-13 shooting in the 1st quarter. Both teams looked rusty coming off the long semester break, committing multiple turnovers and missing open shots in the early going. UBC came out with a 17-13 lead after one, with fourth-year forward Adrienne Parkin leading the way for the T-Birds with six points on 3-4 shooting.

UBC opened up a 21-13 lead to start the second quarter, but a three-pointer by Zoe Dahl, a baseline jumper by Veldman, and a lay-up by Allexia Barros kept the game close and brought the Horns back to within one.

The Thunderbirds responded with a run of their own as Young hit a pull-up jumper and followed that up with a three to extend the lead back to eight. After a turnover-filled final two minutes, Knievel nailed a three-pointer at the buzzer to put the T-Birds up 33-21 at the half.

The run continued for UBC coming out of the break as the T-Birds pushed the lead to 16 just 90-seconds into the 3rd quarter. Fifth-year post Harleen Sidhu led the charge for UBC with 12 points on 5-7 shooting early in the third quarter. The turnover-plagued ‘Horns couldn’t get anything going offensively as UBC did a good job getting into passing lanes and preventing leading scorer Veldman from getting the ball down low.

UBC was firing on all cylinders in the second half, going 9-9 from the field at one point, including back-to-back threes from Knievel, to push the lead to 25. Knievel would drain four from behind the arc in the 3rd quarter as the T-Birds shot a scorching 80% from the field.

The 4th quarter was more of the same as UBC continued to hit the long ball and come up with timely turnovers. Second-year Pronghorns’ Zoe Dahl and Mariah Miller came to life in the second half, scoring 10 and 9 points respectively to pace the ‘Horns attack. But it wasn’t enough to keep up with the red-hot shooting T-Birds, who ran away with a 21-point victory.

Coming into the game, UBC had made the second-fewest three-pointers in the conference and shot just 26% from behind the arc. The Thunderbirds shot 50% overall on the night, including half of its three-point attempts.

The Pronghorns shot 41.2% from the field and held the edge in rebounds, 33-29. Dahl (13), Miller (11), and Barros (11) joined Veldman to score double-digits on the night.

The two teams meet again Saturday night at the 1st Choice Savings Centre with the tip-off scheduled for 5:00pm. The game will also be webcast on

UNBC 48 MacEwan 81 Final Box Score | Recap

Source: MacEwan Sports Info

After a sloppy start, the MacEwan University Griffins were able to pull away from the University of Northern British Columbia Timberwolves for an 81-48 victory Friday night at the City Center Gymnasium.

Both teams started off slowly as they tried to knock off the rust from the winter break. Failing to make a shot in the first four minutes, the Griffins defense held strong, despite the Timberwolves’ Vasiliki Louka posting eight points in the opening quarter and dominating the inside game.

Kelly O’Hallahan snatched four steals in the quarter for the Griffins, but the teams would remain close with the ‘Wolves holding an 18-15 advantage heading into the second quarter.

Kendall Lydon sparked a 12-2 run for the Griffins to start the second quarter with a pair of three point plays. Louka kept the ‘Wolves close with 12 second half points, but the Griffins held on to take a 34-31 lead into the break.

Defensively the Griffins clamped down in the third quarter limiting the ‘Wolves to just six points. O’Hallahan continued to have a strong game at both ends of the court for the Griffins as they built their lead to 13.

In the fourth quarter the Griffins transitioned their defense into offence, erupting to expand their lead to 31 points. Lydon lead the way with 10 in the fourth to finish with a game-high 18.

Louka finished with a team-high 14 points and added six rebounds to be named player of the game for the Timberwolves. Kelly Fagan drew the assignment of guarding Louka and was effective in limiting her opportunities. Fagan finished with six points and nine rebounds to earn player of the game honours for the Griffins.

The teams will face off once again Saturday evening with tip off scheduled for 6:00 p.m. at City Center Gymnasium.

Regina 70 Trinity Western 69 Final Box Score
UBC Okanagan 56 Thompson Rivers 108 Final Box Score | Recap

Source: Thompson Rivers Sports Info

The 2015 portion of the Canada West women’s basktball sasons tarted off on a great note for the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack.

The WolfPack, who lead the Exporer Divison notched 100 points for the firs ttime in nearly four years–and for the second time in their CIS history on Friday night (Jan 9).

Playing at home, Thompson Rivers downed the visiting University of British Columbia Okanagan Heat 106-58. The game was played at the Warner Rentals Court at the Tournament Capital Centre.

Thompson Rivers has won their last six league games and seventh stragiht. Their league record is 9 and 1. The Heat fall to 3 and 6.

TRU hit 100 points only one other time: in 2011 against the Brandon University Bobcats.

“We shot the ball so well in the first half,” said WolfPack head coach Scott Reeves. “When you shoot it that well it’s hard for the other team to react. It is very deflating when that happens. Give credit to UBCO, they showed a lot of character and a lot of heart to come back in the second half. They played us to a five point game in the second half.”

The ‘Pack were up 20-15 after the first quarter and held a commanding 60-17 advantage at the half. They shot 60 per cent from beyond the arc, 44 per cent inside it and had a success rate of 87.5 from the free throw line.

TRU had five players in double figures led by Taiysa Worsfold (fourth year, guard, Kamloops, BC) and Emma Piggin (first year, guard, Kamloops, BC). Both had 17 points. Piggin also had nine rebounds to be named the TRU Bookstore/McDonald’s Leader of the Pack Player of the Game.

Reeves felt it was a team effort: “It was a total group effort without question. Five kids in double digits is a fine effort. The 26 assists—anytime a basketball team can get 20 plus assists means that you are moving the ball. Everyone is touching it. You are getting the defense to shift and create some holes. It was a great team effort.”

Michelle Bos (first year, guard, Surrey, BC) had her sixth double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds (10 on defense).

Kassie Colonna (third year, forward, Invermere, BC) had 14 points while Emily VIlac (first year, forward, Kamloops, BC) added 10.

“This is CIS,” says Reeves when asked if his players looked at the scoreboard and started to get overconfident. “Teams here don’t play to a scoreboard. Every coach wants their team to play to the highest level they are capable of. UBCO didn’t quit because of the score and I didn’t expect them to. We expect 100 per cent effort all of the time.”

UBCO was led by Jessica Jarzdarehee (third year guard, Coquitlam, BC) who had 10 points. Shenelle Tamminen (second year, wing, Calgary, AB) and Claire Elliot (second year, guard, North Vancouver, BC) both added nine points.

The two teams will battle again at the Warner Rentals Court on Saturday.

Mount Royal 58 UFV 85 Final Box Score | Recap

Source: UFV Sports Info

The University of the Fraser Valley women’s basketball team opened 2015 with an impressive performance, blowing out the Mount Royal Cougars 85-58 at home.

The victory gave the Cascades (5-4) some breathing room over Mount Royal (3-6) in the race for the third and final playoff spot in the Explorers Division, and snapped a four-game conference losing streak.

“It was a good way to open the second half, specifically the first half of the game and into the third quarter,” Cascades head coach Al Tuchscherer said afterward. “I thought we did some things, probably played as good of basketball as we’ve played really all year. That was exciting to see.”

It took the Cascades a couple minutes to acclimatize themselves to the Cougars’ full-court pressure, but once they did, they carried the play in the first half. Defensively, UFV was lights-out, limiting Mount Royal to 14.3 per cent shooting from the field en route to a 27-12 lead after the first quarter and a 46-23 advantage at the break.

Offensively, Nataliia Gavryliuk gave the Cascades a spark. The third-year guard from Kiev, Ukraine, who had missed the last four games of the first semester due to injury, made up for lost time by swishing five of her six attempts from beyond the arc in the first half. She would finish with 20 points.

“Nat is obviously an elite talent in Canada West, and she brings a completely different element to our team,” Tuchscherer noted. “That’s the type of thing that Nat can do. It’s not an unusual thing for her to knock down shots . . . and we missed that a little bit in the first half of the season.”

Fifth-year centre Sarah Wierks also had a big game for UFV – the Chilliwack native racked up a huge double-double with a game-high 21 points and 17 rebounds, along with four blocked shots. Wierks also moved up one spot to fifth on the all-time Canada West rebounding list with 866 boards, passing ex-UBC star Kelsey Blair (852 rebounds).

“Our theme for practices lately is not to be lazy, and to just be animalistic in getting after it on D, and that’s exactly what we did,” Wierks said, breaking down her team’s defensive success on Friday. “I’m really proud that we actually came out and showed that tonight.”

Shayna Litman chipped in with 16 points for the Cascades, while Drew Knox (19 points) and Angela Driscoll (15 points) scored in double figures for Mount Royal.

The Cascades and Cougars renew hostilities on Saturday at 5 p.m. at the Envision Athletic Centre.

Scott Harrigan
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