By Lucas Meyer
CALGARY – The reigning national champions were able to capitalize on a poor second half by the University of Calgary Dinos Friday night, as the Saskatchewan Huskies won their sixth straight game 62-53.
The Dinos scored just nine points in the third quarter to Saskatchewan’s 23 and an even fourth quarter led to two straight losses on home court for Calgary.
With both teams coming into the game with 8-4 records, it was Calgary with the hot start, taking an early 7-2 lead. But it wasn’t long until Saskatchewan found its groove, going on a 10-0 run, sparked by a three from Calgary native Megan Ahlstrom and top scorer Sabine Dukate. Calgary’s Brianna Ghali would score four straight points to end the first, cutting Saskatchewan’s lead to 15-14.
The second quarter was solid for the Dinos as they went on an 8-0 run and didn’t allow a Husky point until almost midway through the frame. Saskatchewan would hit back-to-back threes in response and led 25-24, before Calgary went on yet another run of 6-0 to lead halftime 30-25.
But like the fourth quarter in their last game, the offense stalled once again, this time in the third.
The Huskies stormed out of the locker room with a vengeance, with all five starters scoring points for a 12-0 run and it wasn’t until Ghali hit a layup four minutes in that the Dinos scored.
However, they would go cold again, not scoring for another four minutes, as Saskatchewan continued their team play led by Ahlstrom who almost outscored Calgary by herself.
The Dinos would rally late in the quarter and trailed nine going into the fourth, but it was too big of a hole, as the two teams each scored 14 for the Saskatchewan win.
Ahlstrom led all scorers with 17 points, while another Megan – Lindquist – added 11 and leading scorer Dukate finished with 10.
Ghali and Bobbi Jo Colburn each had 12, but the Dinos shot just 33 per cent from the floor and were an uncharacteristic 9-20 from the free-throw line in the loss.
At the other end, the no. 10-ranked Huskies were 20-27, while also outrebounding Calgary 50 to 40.
The two teams meet up again Saturday night at Jack Simpson Gymnasium for a 5 p.m. start, live on CanadaWest.tv.