CIS women’s basketball Friday roundup: Panthers hand No. 7 Huskies first loss of the season

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Jan 23, 2015

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Acadia 77 StFX 70 Final Box Score | Recap

Source: Krista McKenna, StFX Sports Info

Antigonish, NS – The visiting Acadia Axewomen earned their first win of the regular season with a 77-70 victory over the StFX X-Women in AUS basketball action Friday evening at Oland Centre.

Paloma Anderson (Phoenix, AZ) with 19 points, including six-for-six from the free-throw line, led five Axewomen starters in double figures.

Anderson added five assists, three rebounds and two steals for Acadia, who led by as many as 14 points in the win.

Chanel Smith (Halifax, NS) chipped in 15 points and seven rebounds.

Subway player of the game Jenalle Vanhie (Dorchester, ON), Allie Barry (Yarmouth, NS) and April Deus (Brampton, ON) scored 12 points apiece.

X-Women player of the game Kolbi Roper (North Vancouver, BC) led all scorers with 19 points, while adding nine rebounds, two assists, one rebound and one blocked shot.

Melissa Gottschall (Antigonish, NS) added 13 points and five rebounds, while Lindsay Lessard (Waterloo, ON) chipped in 12 points and eight rebounds.

Off the bench, sophomore Kayla MacIntyre (Sydney, NS) contributed 10 points and two rebounds.

“I had a lot of luck and great teammates who got me some passes,” MacIntyre said. As for the loss, she said her team had too many turnovers.

“We had a great effort but we cannot give away the ball that much,” MacIntyre said.

The Axewomen, who led by as many as 12 in the opening half, were up 22-10 after the first quarter.

The X-Women outscored the Axewomen 19 to 12 in the second quarter to trim the Acadia lead to 34-29 at halftime.

StFX won a hard-fought third quarter 21-20 but were unable to close the gap in the final frame as the visiting Aexewomen held on for the win

Acadia (1-11) will return to action Tuesday, Jan. 27, when they travel to Halifax to face the Dalhousie Tigers (7-3).

The X-Women, who drop to 4-8 on the season, will tip-off against the rival and first-place Saint Mary’s Huskies (10-1) Wednesday, Jan 28. Game time is 6 p.m. at Oland Centre.

Saint Mary’s 40 UPEI 60 Final Box Score
Cape Breton 52 UNB 67 Final Box Score | Recap

Source: UNB Sports Info

The UNB Varsity Reds women’s basketball team picked up a big four-point win over the CBU Capers, winning 67-52 in front of 423 spectators at the Richard J. CURRIE CENTER.

For the Varsity Reds, who went in ranked fifth in the AUS, it’s their first win in four games. It’s the first loss in five games for the second-ranked Capers.

The game got off to a slow start in the first quarter, but some consistency at the free throw line put the Varsity Reds up 14-9.

The Capers pushed back in the second quarter and drew to within two points. A couple of three-pointers from Laura Kaye and Colleen Daly and some good shooting from Nicole LaFleur along with solid defence led by Rachel Cleary kept UNB ahead as they went into halftime leading 29-18.

From that point on, the Varsity Reds would hold on and extend their lead, eventually taking the game 67-52.

Leading scoring for the Varsity Reds was Laura Kaye with 20 points. Rachel Cleary was awarded the Subway Player of the Game with 11 rebounds including six defensive rebounds. Leading scoring for the Capers was Colleen Keane with 15 points. Alison Keough also made her presence felt out on the court with 10 rebounds.

UNB head coach Jeff Speedy says taking this game was a good start to the eight-point weekend.

“It’s nice to pick up this win going into another four-point game against UPEI tomorrow,” Speedy said. “But that’s going to be another tough one, so we’ve really gotta make sure we come out there ready to play.”

The Varsity Reds play next when they travel to UPEI on Saturday, January 24, at 6pm.

The Capers play next when they host UPEI on Friday, January 31, at the same time.

Bishop’s 65 Laval 75 Final Box Score
Carleton 48 Windsor 62 Final Box Score | Recap

Source: Elisa Mitton, Windsor Sports Info

Windsor, ON – The Windsor Lancers women’s basketball team got back in the win column by topping the Carleton Ravens 62-48 on Friday night at the St. Denis Centre.

Korissa Williams tallied a game-high 19 points as three Lancers hit double-digits on the evening. Jocelyn LaRocque had 12 points while Kristine Lalonde grabbed ten. Williams also had the game’s only double-double adding 10 rebounds in the victory.

Statistically the game was close as the The Lancers (10-1) shot 35% from the field while Ravens had 36% efficiency. The No. 1 squad in the country edged the visitors on the glass, recording 39 rebounds compared to 36 from Carleton.

Heather Lindsay tallied 11 points in a losing cause for the Ravens (6-6), who drop to the .500 mark and are in second place in the OUA North division.

On Saturday, the Lancers will welcome the Ottawa Gee-Gees (8-4) for an evening contest that will pit the top squads in each of their respective divisions against one another for the first time this season. The Gee-Gees are coming of a dominating 79-43 win over the Western Mustangs Friday night in London.

Toronto 77 Queen’s 79 Final – OT Box Score
Ottawa 79 Western 43 Final Box Score
Ryerson 71 York 26 Final Box Score
Laurentian 80 Nipissing 47 Final Box Score
Shoot for the Cure – Lancez pour la guérison

Source: Nipissing Sports Info

Once again, the Nipissing Lakers women’s basketball team can take positives from their latest game despite coming up short on the scoreboard.

The Lakers fell Friday night to their northern rivals, the Laurentian Voyageurs by a final of 80-47, however, for three quarters the teams were neck and neck.

A slow start saw the Lakers down 19-7 after the first, but had one of their best quarters of the season, mounting a comeback in the second frame.

Outscoring the Voyageurs 17-15, the Lakers trailed by just 10 after 20 minutes of play and looked to be in good shape heading into the second half.

Unfortunately, the Voyageurs came out in the third quarter and their shooting got hot as they outscored Nipissing 29-12 to pull away and get a comfortable lead.

From there, they cruised in the fourth quarter and the Lakers were unable to keep up.

Claire Abbott had another impressive night, to add to her impressive season as she scored 19 points.

Emma Vanderlee put up nine and Kelly Dunk had eight to help out offensively for the Lakers, who will build off a lot of positive things they did in this game.

They will look for a win Sunday, as they hit the road and travel to Sault Ste. Marie for an afternoon tilt against the Algoma Thunderbirds.

Both teams are learning on the go, as the Thunderbirds are in just their second season in the OUA, while the Lakers are in their inaugural season.

Game time for the Lakers and T’Birds is 1 p.m. Sunday afternoon.

Algoma 30 Lakehead 61 Final Box Score
Shoot for the Cure – Lancez pour la guérison
Saskatchewan 73 Manitoba 46 Final Box Score | Recap

Source: David Koroma, Manitoba Sports Info

Winnipeg, MB – The University of Manitoba Bisons hosted the University of Saskatchewan Huskies for a hotly contested game of women’s basketball at Investors Group Athletic Centre on January 23. The home team kept the game close for the first three quarters and led at the half, but a combination of fouls and weak defense in the last quarter saw the Bisons lose 73-46 to the visiting Huskies.

The home team, currently last in their Pioneers Division, were viewed as the underdog coming into this game against the third-place Saskatchewan Huskies.

Both teams struggled to finish their plays at the net early in the first quarter. Following two three-pointers from Huskies guard Laura Dally, the visitors pulled ahead to close the first up 21-15.

Despite a number of costly fouls, the Bisons rallied to take the lead late in the second quarter. After a pull-up jumper by guard Sheree Carmona-Galdamez tied the game at the three-minute mark, the home team seized the momentum to end the half with a four-point lead, 35-31.

Following halftime, Saskatchewan came out gunning for the lead and quickly tied up the game by capitalizing on free throws. The two offences played well, but Manitoba’s defensive fouls led to many costly points that would give the visitors a six-point lead entering the last quarter.

The visiting Huskies used the final ten minutes to pad their lead and ensure a victory, while the Bisons’ offence was unable to keep up the pressure. With a combination of free throws and tight offensive plays, the Huskies’ lead ballooned to over 20 points by the end of the game.

“I thought we played one of our best halves of basketball, but then we kind of gave up,” said Bisons’ Head Coach Michele Hynes, “for tomorrow, we just have to play all 40 minutes.”

Saskatchewan’s forward, Dalyce Emmerson, captured a double-double – finishing the game with 15 rebounds and 16 points. Dally was the game’s leading scorer with 20 points for the Huskies. The Bisons’ leading scorer was forward Vanessa DeVries with nine. The home team doubled the visitors in fouls with 18 to nine.

This win could potentially move Saskatchewan to fourth place in CIS standings with a 10-3 record, while the Bisons now sit at 1-14 for the season. The two teams will meet again at Investors Group Athletic Centre at 5pm tomorrow, January 24.

Alberta 72 Regina 88 Final Box Score
UNBC 46 Mount Royal 69 Final Box Score | Recap

Source: Mount Royal Sports Info

Calgary — A massive 25-point quarter by the Mount Royal University Cougars women’s basketball team was more the fuel to push the team to a 69-46 win over the University of Northern British Columbia Timberwolves Friday night.

A career-high 20 points by guard Desiree Oakley pushed the Cougars to victory, who led for the majority of the game.

The Timberwolves came out hungry, racing out to a 7-0 lead behind five quick points from Kylie Pozniak. However, Desiree Oakley and the Cougars stormed back on an 18-5 run, with Oakley recording nine points in the quarter. Mount Royal led 18-12 after one quarter. Pozniak and Sarah Robin lead UNBC with five each.

Oakley’s strong game continued in the second quarter as she poured in seven more points. The Cougars outscored the Timberwolves 14-8 and led 32-20 at the break. Jayla Verney added five points for Mount Royal.

UNBC fought hard to draw closer and it was evident in the third. Robin and Jasprit Nijjar both added four points and pushed hard at the end to close the deficit to just eight at 44-36.

In the fourth quarter, Mount Royal took over and were simply dominant, they started on a 20-4 run and were able to put the game out of reach. The quarter featured scoring by committee for Mount Royal, as Drew Knox (5), Candice Duckett (4) and Yasmene Saghir (4) chipped in where needed.

Every Mount Royal player scored in the contest with Oakley leading the way with 20 points and Saghir adding 11. On UNBC, Pozniak lead the team with 12, while Robin had 11.

The Cougars are now 5-8, while UNBC falls to 1-12. Tomorrow night, the teams rematch at Kenyon Court, starting at 6 p.m.

Victoria 71 Calgary 60 Final Box Score
MacEwan 71 Thompson Rivers 81 Final Box Score | Recap

Source: Thompson Rivers Sports Info

The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack women’s basketball team have moved a step closer to clinching the 2014-15 Canada West Explorer Division title.

In a battle of the top two teams in the division, the WolfPack downed the visiting MacEwan University Griffins of Edmonton, Alberta 81-71.

The victory came before a large crowd at the Tournament Capital Centre in Kamloops on Friday (Jan 23).

The WolfPack are now 12-1 on the season while MacEwan falls to 10 and 3.

“You are always excited when you are playing a team that is second in your division and we appreciate the crowd being here to support us,” said WolfPack coach Scott Reeves. ” We really focused on the game and itself-our matchups. Everyone contributed out there and it was a great team win.”

Despite a brilliant first quarter by MaEwan’s Megan Wood (fourth year, forward, Edmonton, AB), the WolfPack were up by a single point (23-22). Wood had 11 points in that first quarter. The WolfPack limited her to 15 the rest of the way.

In the second quarter, TRU outscored the Griffins 21-9 en route to a 44-31 advantage at the break.

Reeves said his team needed to play solid defence to win. When you are playing a team that is as talented as MacEwan, you know other players will step up. We needed everyone to contribute.”

Thompson Rivers had five players in double figures led by veterans Jorri Duxbury (fifth year, guard, Salmon Arm, BC) and Taiysa Worsfold (fourth year, forward, Kamloops, BC). Both had 19 points.

Emma Piggin (first year, guard, Kamloops, BC) had 16 points and was named the TRU Bookstore/McDonalds “Leader of the Pack” Player of the game. She added six rebounds, five assists, three blocks and four steals in 30 minutes of floor time.

“She is a CIS basketball player in her type of build,” Reeves stated. ” She is long. She is athletic. She has a very good basketball IQ. She is great on defense and is a great rebounder. Offensively she can get right to the rim. As a freshman, we are excited for the next five years.”

The Griffins were led by Kelly Fagan (fourth year, forward, Vancouver, BC) with 19 points and 11 rebounds (10 on defense). Kayla Ivicak (first year, guard, St. Albert, AB) had 12 points while Kendall Lydon (third year, guard, Chehalis, WA) added 10.

“Every game is important in Canada West, ” Reeves stated. ” Yes we have a two game cushion on them but it is not like its 30 games with six to go. Mathematically we could still be out. Sure we have done a pretty good job so far. But we really have to focus now on tomorrow and come back strong.”

The two teams wind up their weekend series Saturday (Jan 24) on the Warner Rentals Court at the TCC. Tipoff is 6 pm.

UBC Okanagan 67 UFV 70 Final Box Score
Shoot for the Cure – Lancez pour la guérison

Source: Dan Kinvig, UFV Communications Coordinator

On a night where Sarah Wierks moved into second place on the all-time Canada West rebounding list, it was fitting that she came up with a clutch offensive board to help her team close out a hard-fought win over the UBC Okanagan Heat.

With the Cascades leading 68-67 with 15.8 seconds left in regulation, Katie Brink went to the line for two free throws. She made the first and missed the second, but Wierks chased down the loose ball to force the Heat into a fouling situation.

Nataliia Gavryliuk took the foul and made one of two free throws to give the Cascades a 70-67 lead, and that would be the final score as UBC Okanagan’s Sarah Allison came up short on her potential game-tying three-pointer against a strong close-out from UFV point guard Celeste Dyck.

The Cascades – who were celebrating their eighth annual Shoot for the Cure night in support of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation – improved to 7-6, good for third in the Explorer Division. The fifth-place Heat fell to 4-9. The two teams play again tomorrow at UFV’s Envision Athletic Centre (5 p.m. tip-off).

“It’s a different game when she’s in there, because she cleans up so much and creates so many second-chance opportunities,” Cascades head coach Al Tuchscherer said of Wierks, who finished with game-high totals of 22 points and 18 rebounds. “What can you say that hasn’t already been said? Almost another 20-20 game tonight. She was great.”

Wierks, the Cascades’ fifth-year centre, came into the game with 908 rebounds over the course of her career, four back of former Calgary Dinos great Janis Paskevich. She needed less than seven minutes to grab five boards and leapfrog Paskevich, and she finished the night with 926 career rebounds, second only in conference history to Saskatchewan Huskies legend Sarah Crooks (1,181 rebounds).

The Cascades led by as many as 11 points in the first quarter, but the Heat came roaring back to take a 37-35 lead going into halftime, ending the second quarter on an 11-4 run.

UBC Okanagan stretched the lead to 49-39 midway through the third quarter, but the Cascades reeled off an 11-0 run to reclaim the lead.

The score was tied on three occasions early in the fourth quarter, but UFV put together an 8-0 spurt, highlighted by a pair of Wierks layups, and seemed well in control leading 68-60 with less than four minutes remaining.

The Heat refused to be snuffed, though – they scored the next seven points, capped by an Allison triple with a minute and a half to go.

UFV dug in on defence, and Wierks’s offensive rebound in the dying seconds helped to salt the game away.

Brink chipped in with 17 points and Gavryliuk notched 15 for the Cascades, while Jessica Jazdarehee (17 points) and Sarah Allison (15 points) set the pace for the Heat.

Tuchscherer termed his team’s performance “undisciplined,” and was particularly concerned with some of the fouls they took.

“We had a lot of bad fouls that put us in bad situations,” he said.

“We made a couple of adjustments to their full-court pressure and one to what we were running in the halfcourt (in the third quarter), and I think it was positive. And Sarah and Katie came up pretty big at the offensive end of the floor.”

UBC 80 Trinity Western 63 Final Box Score

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