Canada West Women's Basketball Weekend Results - December 1-2, 2017
UFV 56 Lethbridge 75
UFV 74 Lethbridge 82
On Friday night the Pronghorns dominated the glass, out rebounding the Cascades 48-31, enroute to a 19 point victory. Kacie Bosch led the way from Lethbridge with 19 points and 8 rebounds. Shayna Litman shot 5-12 from the field and 7-9 from the free throw line to pace the Cascades with 17 points. The Pronghorns completed the sweep on Saturday thanks to the offensive efforts of Bosch (23 point) and Zoe Dah (21 points). The Pronghorns led by 11 at the break, but UFV kept it close in the second half, and cut the lead to 5 in the final few minutes but didn’t have the gas to complete the comeback. With the win the Pronghorns improve to 10-2 on the season, their best ever record at the holiday break. UFV drops to 4-8.
Victoria 63 Alberta 61
Victoria 66 Alberta 58
Thanks to another strong performance from Kristy Gallagher, the Vikes hung on for a 2 point win over the Pandas Friday night in Edmonton. Gallagher scored a game high 27 points, including a perfect 9-9 from the charity stripe.
On Saturday Victoria took control early, with a 13-4 run in the opening frame and never looked back. Amira Giannattasio led the Vikes with 24 points, adding 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Victoria improves to 6-4 on the season, while the Pandas (5-5) have now lost 4 straight.
Regina 81 UBC 54
Regina 72 UBC 56
The Regina Pronghorns proved why they’re the #3 ranked team in the country, with a pair of impressive wins at UBC over the weekend. The Cougars overpowered a young UBC team, out-rebounding the ‘Birds 50-35, and out-scoring UBC 34-18 in the paint. After a close opening 10 minutes, Regina pulled away in the 2nd quarter, outscoring UBC 28-12 in the frame. After the game, UBC coach Deb Huband says the loss was a good barometer of the level of play her team needs to reach to be successful this year, “We let them go on a couple runs, usually on the back of turnovers, I think turnovers were an issue for us, and getting beat to loose balls. It’s a bit of a work in progress, but for the last league games before Christmas it’s a good measuring stick for us.” On Saturday night UBC came out on fire, but couldn’t hold on for the upset. Forward Marcie Schlick had a career high 14 points for UBC, but it wouldn’t be enough. The ‘Birds enjoyed a 19-9 lead after the 1st quarter, and still had an 8 point lead at the half, but Regina used a 19-4 run in the 4th quarter to seal the victory, handing UBC their 5th straight loss heading into the holiday break.
Brandon 54 Trinity Western 81
Brandon 69 Trinity Western 82
The Spartans head into the holiday break on a high note, after a pair of convincing victories over the Brandon Bobcats. TWU started slowly on Friday night, trailing 16-15 after the first quarter, but outscored the visitors 66-38 over the final 30 minutes. 3 players hit double digits in scoring for the Spartans, led by Tesse Ratzlaff, who poured in a game high 23 points on 9-17 shooting from the field and added 7 rebounds. It was a similar script on Saturday night, with Brandon once again jumping out to the early lead. Kayla Gordon sparked the comeback for TWU on Saturday, pouring in 23 points. Gordon now has 1015 total points in her 5 year TWU career. She becomes the first woman in school history to reach the 1 thousand point plateau. The Spartans head into the winter break with a record of 8-2, that’s the best mark in school history at this point of the season.
UNBC 86 Thompson Rivers 61
UNBC 80 Thomspon Rivers 91
The Timberwolves and Wolfpack split their two weekend games in Kamloops. UNBC jumped out to a 30-19 lead after the 1st quarter, and were in control the rest of the way. Vasiliki poured in a game-high 31 points to go along with 14 rebounds in the win. TRU shot just 2-21 from the field in the 4th quarter, removing any chance of a comeback. Saturday night was a different story, with the Wolfpack finding their offensive groove. Third year guard Leilani Carney led the TRU charge on Saturday with a career best 21 points.
Manitoba 69 UBCO 45
Manitoba 68 UBCO 43
The Manitoba Bisons cruised to a pair of wins over UBCO to wrap up the fall semester. Manitoba started the game on a 13-2 run and never looked back. Nicole Konieczny had 16 points, one of three Bison players to score in double-digits. The Heat shooters never really got on track, UBCI shooting just 25% from the field n the contest. On Saturday, Taylor Randall scored a game high 25 points on 10-19 shooting from the field and added 3 rebounds a 4 steals. The Bisons improve to 5-5 on the season, while the Heat remain winless (0-10) on the year.
Written by: Jon Kennedy