Basketball teams roughed up at home by Pandas, Bears
The nationally ranked University of Alberta Pandas and Bears had a successful trip this past weekend as they upended the Winnipeg Wesmen. In Women's action continued heroics from Antoinette Miller were not enough to carry the short-staffed Wesmen past the Pandas, though they came very close. On Friday night the visitors sneaked out a 71-64 win. The Pandas led by as many as 19 in the fourth quarter before the Wesmen stormed back to make it a two-possession game at 5 with under two minutes to play. The guests made their free-throws down the stretch to hold on for the victory. Miller once again led the offense with 28 points adding 9 rebounds. Faith Hezekiah chipped in with 23 points. The Alberta Panda had a strong overall team effort. Vanessa Wild led all Panda scorers with 16 points, Makenna Ledgister and Brianna Carlyon both had 11, Elle Hendershot was also in double figures with 10pts.
Saturday night made the Friday game look like a snooze fest and broke the hearts of the Wesmen faithful. A depleted bench for the Wesmen took another hit Saturday night when rookie Chelsea Espenberg was sidelined with the flu dropping the roster to 7 players. Those seven athletes battled the full 40 minutes as a pair of Panda free-throws with 3 seconds on the clock pushed the visitors to a 78-77 win. The fourth quarter showed the metal of Miller and the rest of the Wesmen. Digging deep they managed to battle the Pandas on every possession. A Robyn Boulanger lay-up and a foul made it a 63-55 with 5:54. A pair of Faith Hezekiah free-throws gave the Wesmen the lead with less than a minute to play. Marinya Marcichiw gave the Pandas the lead before Hezekiah was fouled and made both to put the Wesmen up 77-76 with 7.7 left. The Pandas took the ball to the hoop and a fouled was called. Elle Hendershot went to the line for the win and made both, the Wesmen couldn't get a shot off and the game ended 78-77. Antoine Miller scored a game-high 43 points. Faith Hezekiah, scored 14 points and pulled down 12 rebounds.while first-year player Robyn Boulanger netted 8 points in 17 minutes. Leading the way for the Pandas victory was Jenna Harpe who scoring 15 points all from the 3 point line. Emma Kary with 14 points was followed closely by Hendershot with 12 points and Marinya Marcichiw with 10 points.
In men's play, the weekend series was a tale of two halves. On both Friday and Saturday, the Wesmen held an advantage of the #3 nationally ranked Golden Bears. Sadly both nights the veteran Bears stormed back in the second half for the wins. Friday a late Alberta three closed the gap to one with the Wesmen sporting a 40-39 lead at the break. After three quarters it was Alberta by three and the teams traded baskets all through the quarter before the Bears took control with just under four minutes to play and walked away with a 90-79 win. Freshmen Don Dayrit led the Wesmen attack with 17 off the bench. Denzel Lynch –Blair added 14 and narcissi Ambanza and Billy Yaworsky both had 10 points and 6 rebounds.
On Saturday night the Wesmen held a 40-36 lead at the break. The second half saw the Golden Bears flex their muscle and start to run away with the game. In the third quarter, the Bears outscored the Wesmen 19-9 and then stretched it out in the fourth for a comfortable 83 – 59 win. For the Wesmen, second-year guard Narcisse Ambanza lead all Wesmen scorers with 15 points while grabbing 4 defensive rebounds and 5 assists. Yaworsky was in double digits again with 12, Dayrit added 11.
Fifth-year guard Geoff Pippus scored game-high16 points to lead the University of Alberta Golden. As a team, the Bears also hauled down 38 boards in the win, 15 more than the Wesmen.
The Wesmen will hit the road next weekend to face another tough opponent in the University of Calgary Dinos. The Bears will visit Kelowna and bring their 3- 1 record to face UBC Okanagan.
Volleyball teams have mixed results in Saskatoon
The Wesmen volleyball teams had mixed results in Saskatoon as they took on the Saskatchewan Huskies. In Men's play Coach, Larry McKay and his team pushed their Canada West record to 6-0 with a road sweep of the Huskies. The 8th ranked Wesmen continued to roll over their early-season opponents. On Friday the Wesmen remained perfect in Canada West men's volleyball defeating the University of Saskatchewan Huskies in 3-1 (22-25, 27-25, 26-24, 28-26. Fifth-year David Bommersbach recorded a team-high 17 kills for the Wesmen, with six digs and an assist. Third-year Adrian Dyck chipped in with nine kills and five digs.
Saturday night the Wesmen remained perfect on the year as they completed the weekend sweep of the University of Saskatchewan Huskies in 3-2 (12-25, 25-18, 25-14, 23-25, 15-12). After trading points early in the fifth, Winnipeg put together a 6-0 run that gave the Huskies no room for error, a late 3-0 rally by Saskatchewan closed the gap but that was it as the visitors would secure the match with a 15-12 win in the final set. The Winnipeg attack was led by fifth-years Taylor Howe and David Bommersbach. Howe recorded 13 kills and three digs, while Bommersbach recorded 12 kills and eight digs. Third-year Mikael Clegg would provide a match-high 40 assists added eight digs
In Women's play the Wesmen dropped a pair of matches, 3-1 on Friday (25-21, 19-25, 25-13, 25-19) and then in straight sets 3-0 (25-18, 25-23, 25-8) on Saturday night. For the Wesmen, third-year Kalena Schulz lead their offense with 14 kills and 12 digs in the first match. Once again on Saturday Schulz led the team with nine kills, while adding 20 digs. First-year Ashleigh Laube would chip in with six kills of her own and four digs. With the wins, Saskatchewan's record improves to .500 on the season at 3-3. Winnipeg's record falls to 1-5.
The Wesmen will now face the Calgary Dinos at home first serve Friday is 6 pm.