Stifling defence and a balanced attack combined to give the University of Saskatchewan Huskies women’s basketball team a comfortable 90-44 victory over the Mount Royal Cougars in Calgary on Friday, Jan. 18.

The Huskies were able to extend their win streak to nine with a 90-44 victory.

All 12 Huskies scored in the game and they were led by Sabine Dukate who exploded in the first half on her way to a game-high 24 points. She also made an impact with her passing and rebounding totaling six assists and five rebounds. Summer Masikewich and Kyla Shand both totaled double-digits points by controlling the paint. Masikewich finished the game with 17 and Shand put in 10 for the visitors.

The Cougars offense was led by first-year players Sarah Rinsky and Alesha Stanley. The pair combined for 15 points and both had stretches where their offense sparked runs for the team. Sydney Tabin and Charity Marlatt countered the strong inside game of the Huskies with solid performances of their own. Both totaled six points and four rebounds, giving the Cougars a nice presence on the inside.

Saskatchewan came out in the first on fire. Their offense shot 58% right out of the gate and set the tone early. Their efficiency came from all levels as they shot the three ball well. Dukate hit two threes through the first 10 minutes, contributing to her 10 points in the opening quarter.

The Cougars found success on the offensive glass in the first quarter. They managed to get position inside and come away with the ball. They were able to come away with second-chance points after extending their possessions.

The second quarter started out with both defences keeping the other teams’ offence off the board. Only a combined five points being scored in the first four minutes of the quarter.

Despite the slow start, the offence started flowing later in the quarter as the Huskies’ offence found scoring from up and down their roster.

Heading into halftime Saskatchewan held a 42-18 lead. Dukate led the way with a huge first half. She scored 19 points and hit five of her seven three-point attempts in the first 20 minutes. Nine other Huskies scored in the first half, helping them build their early lead.

The Huskies started the third quarter on a big run with Masikewich carrying the bulk of the load. She put in 11 total points in the quarter as the Saskatchewan offence kept going to her on the inside.

The fourth quarter started with offensive success for both sides. The action went back and forth as both teams wanted to win the final quarter and take some momentum into the second game of the series.

Once the final buzzer sounded the Huskies had come away with their 13th victory of the season.