Huskies Move to Consolation Final With Win Over Cape Breton

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Saskatchewan's Libby Epoch (1) goes up for a shot attempt in the first half Friday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

by David Conlin, Vikes Communication
Photos by Christian J. Stewart, ISN

March 10, 2017, VICTORIA, BC (U SPORTS) – The Saskatchewan Huskies bounced back from their quarter-final loss to Laval on Thursday to stay alive on Friday night, beating Cape Breton 65-51 at the CARSA Performance Gym to book a spot in Saturday’s consolation final.

Saskatchewan's Meghan Ahlstrom (7) soars to the hoop under big pressure from Cape Breton's Alison Keough (12). The Huskies would come away with a 65-51 win to advance to the 5th place game Saturday evening (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Saskatchewan’s Meghan Ahlstrom (7) soars to the hoop under big pressure from Cape Breton’s Alison Keough (12). The Huskies would come away with a 65-51 win to advance to the 5th place game Saturday evening (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

The Huskies came out hot on Friday, going 53.8 per cent from the field in the first quarter on 7-for-13 shooting. Saskatoon, Sask., native Megan Lindquist led the way with seven first-quarter points to get her team off on the right foot.

Players battle for position as they look for a rebound from a foul shot by Saskatchewan's Summer Masikewich (11) during the consolation semi-final between the Huskies and Cape Breton Capers (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Players battle for position as they look for a rebound from a foul shot by Saskatchewan’s Summer Masikewich (11) during the consolation semi-final between the Huskies and Cape Breton Capers (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

The fourth-year forward would go on to finish with 11 points, five rebounds and three assists, earning the nod as Saskatchewan’s Player of the Game.

Complete with plastic wash basins, wooden spoons and coordinated t-shirts, the Huskies were well supported by their fans in the game against Cape Breton (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Complete with plastic wash basins, wooden spoons and coordinated t-shirts, the Huskies were well supported by their fans in the game against Cape Breton (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

Second-year point guard Sabine Dukate turned in another solid performance on Friday, knocking down a team-high 19 points and grabbing six boards and three assists. Lindquist and Summer Masikewich also hit double figures, finishing with 11 points each.

Cape Breton guard Timea Peter (9) grimaces as she puts up a shot against the defence of Saskatchewan's Sabine Dukate (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Cape Breton guard Timea Peter (9) grimaces as she puts up a shot against the defence of Saskatchewan’s Sabine Dukate (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

The Huskies dominated the rebound totals on the night, out-rebounding Cape Breton 49-28, led by Megan Ahlstrom with 10.

The Huskies come together for a team cheer following a time out in Thursday's game against Cape Breton (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
The Huskies come together for a team cheer following a time out in Thursday’s game against Cape Breton (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

“When we’ve played our best basketball this year, we have had a lot of people contributing and I really liked how the ball moved more today,” said head coach Lisa Thomaidis. “The ball was in and out of people’s hands quickly and that’s how we like to play—that’s how we have to continue to play to be successful.”

With hair-a-flying, Cape Breton's Hannah Brown (34) defends this shot by Saskatchewan's Vera Crooks (15) (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
With hair-a-flying, Cape Breton’s Hannah Brown (34) defends this shot by Saskatchewan’s Vera Crooks (15) (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

After giving Queen’s all they could handle in their quarter-final on Thursday, the Capers couldn’t find the same fire on Friday. They shot 37.5 per cent in the first quarter, before shooting 30.8 per cent in the second. The result was a 33-22 lead for Saskatchewan heading into the second half.

Saskatchewan's Sabine Dukate (5) was deadly from outside Friday, leading the Huskies with 19 points in the win over Cape Breton (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Saskatchewan’s Sabine Dukate (5) was deadly from outside Friday, leading the Huskies with 19 points in the win over Cape Breton (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

Cape Breton was led in scoring by fourth-year forward Alison Keough, who finished with 12 points. Fourth year Valentina Primossi closed out the game with nine points to go with three defensive rebounds and was named the Capers’ Player of the Game.

Cape Breton's Timea Peter (9) heads up for a jump shot against Saskatchewan on Friday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Cape Breton’s Timea Peter (9) heads up for a jump shot against Saskatchewan on Friday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

For the Capers, the trip to Victoria was far from a wasted opportunity despite the team going winless, and head coach Fabian Mackenzie was quick to point to the positives post-game.

Saskatchewan's Megan Ahlstrom lays in two of her eight points against Cape Breton on Friday evening (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Saskatchewan’s Megan Ahlstrom lays in two of her eight points against Cape Breton on Friday evening (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

“It’s great for young kids to get experience,” said Mackenzie. “We have a young team and they have to get experience in games like this. We just played the defending national champions who are battle-tested, shoot the ball well and are big.

“That’s who we need to play against to figure out where our weaknesses are and get better.”

Husky guard Libby Epoch speeds past Capers' defender Valentina Primossi (13) (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Husky guard Libby Epoch speeds past Capers’ defender Valentina Primossi (13) (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

The Huskies now move on to play the Regina Cougars , who emerged victorious over the host UVic Vikes 78-64 in the second consolation semifinal on Friday (see related story). That game will take place at 7:00 p.m. PT on Saturday night and will be broadcast live on USPORTS.LIVE .

 

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