The No. 6 ranked University of Saskatchewan Huskies found the win column with a 62-55 victory over the visiting Lethbridge Pronghorns Friday night in Saskatoon.
Leading 20-18 heading into the second half, the Huskies broke away from the Pronghorns in the third quarter to secure the win. The Huskies outscored the ‘Horns 12-4 in the first seven minutes of the frame and finished the quarter outscoring Lethbridge 23-6.
Lethbridge opened the fourth quarter with an 8-2 run but the lead built in the third quarter was too much for the ‘Horns to overcome. The Pronghorns were able to cut the lead from 15 to seven by the end of the game.
With the win the Huskies move to 1-3 on the season, while Lethbridge drops to 2-3.
The first half was low scoring for both teams. Saskatchewan lead 13-11 after the first frame, while both the Huskies and Pronghorns scored seven points each in the second.
Veteran fifth-year guard Katie Miyazaki led the Huskies with 13 points and six rebounds on the night, while rookie posted Dalyce Emmerson followed close behind with 12 points and a game-high eight rebounds.
Natalie Nichols scored a game-high 15 points for the Pronghorns. Kim Veldman added eight points and Ali Cameron chipped in seven for the team. Lauren Taal was the best on the boards for the Pronghorns with five rebounds.
Saskatchewan finished the game shooting 42%, while Lethbridge shot 36%.
The two teams will meet again Saturday night at the PAC. Tipoff is set for 6:15 p.m.
Game Notes: On Saturday, Huskie Athletics will hang the 2010-11 Canada West Women’s Basketball Championship banner in a postgame ceremony. Huskie alumni, as well as members of the 2010-11 championship team, will be in attendance