By Lance Doucet
Coordinator, Digital Media
Dinos Athletics | University of Calgary
CALGARY – A 26-point third quarter by the University of Calgary Dinos women's basketball team helped them overcome a halftime deficit and defeat the University of Winnipeg Wesmen 82-76 on Saturday night at the Jack Simpson Gym.
The scoring duo of Bobbi Jo Colburn and Brianna Ghali was electric for the Dinos, going up against the Canada West-leading scoring and reigning MVP Antoinette Miller. Colburn and Ghali combined to score 50 of Calgary's 82 points, while Miller was held to a season-low 16 points.
"Ultimately she is going to get some shots, she has an ability to score over people," explained Dinos head coach Damian Jennings when asked about Miller. "It takes an IQ to be able to recognize how to limit the best players but also not leave other people open. We did a good job of that in the second half."
Leading the offensive charge for the Wesmen was Faith Hezekiah, another one of the conference's top scorers, who finished with 21 points and a team-high 10 rebounds.
Apart from the scoring provided by Colburn and Ghali, the Dinos also got nine points each from Erin McIntosh and Shannon Hatch. A fifth-year guard, Hatch also tied Ghali with a team-leading eight rebounds.
With the win, the Dinos now have a 4-1 record in conference play, while the Wesmen fall to 2-3 on the campaign.
Despite the end result, things did not start out well for the Dinos. Coming off a disappointing finish in their last game against the UBC Thunderbirds, Calgary once again found themselves struggling to finish on the offensive end.
The Wesmen were able to jump out to an early lead, but by halftime, the Dinos had made it a five-point game.
"The game was very disappointing for about 25 minutes, we were very soft and tentative," noted Jennings. "The game plan was spot on, and when that was executed, we were able to keep a number of very talented players on Winnipeg [off the score sheet]."
Calgary dominated the third quarter with a series of small runs and outscored Winnipeg 26-17 during the frame.
In the fourth quarter, the Dinos locked it down, keeping the Wesmen to a game-low 16 points in the quarter.
The Dinos' defensive performance in the second half was highlighted by a strong game from Hilary Annich, who drew matchups against Miller.
"Hilary on Miller during certain stages of the second half helped ignite [the comeback]. She did a solid job," complimented Jennings.
Calgary and Winnipeg will meet again tomorrow afternoon as the Dinos host a 2 p.m. matinee at the Jack Simpson Gym.
By Jack Pengelly
Dinos Athletics | University of Calgary
CALGARY – The No. 4 University of Calgary Dinos were able to preserve an 80-74 victory over the University of Winnipeg Wesmen Saturday night. It was a gritty performance by both sides, with defense controlling the game until the final minutes.
Finishing with 15 points off the bench for the Dinos was fourth-year transfer Lucas Mannes. All of Mannes' points were accounted for from behind the arc, and none were bigger than his bucket with 1:17 remaining to put the Dinos up four. Mannes also chipped in ten rebounds, leading the second unit that outscored the Wesmen bench 30-16.
"We're looking forward to him, we brought him in to be a scorer for us and that's what he's going to do for the rest of the year," said Assistant Coach Matt Skinn.
The Dinos opened the second quarter on a 6-0 run to make it 30-23, from there they held a nine point advantage for much of the game. The offense was able to generate good looks against a stingy Wesmen defense, however could never pull away. Struggling from the three-point line, the Dinos finished 9/39 from distance. That was all the help Narcisse Ambanza and the Wesmen would need to claw their way back into the game.
Ambanza and Denzel Lynch-Blair attacked the heart of the Dinos' defense, scoring 24 and 19, respectfully. Untimely fouls by the Dinos brought the Wesmen within one point with less than two minutes to play, before Mannes' dagger put the game out of reach.
With the three point shot unusually absent for the Dinos, they relied on working the ball into the high-post against the Wesmen zone. Mambi Diawara scored a game-high 27 for the Dinos, most of it coming from inside the lane. Diawara currently leads Canada West with 26 ppg.
Following the game, Skinn acknowledged the strength of the Wesmen defense, which helped bring them back into the game.
"Credit to them too, they switched up their defense a bit, they played some zone against us and played some man… I think it threw us off a bit."
The Wesmen will look to continue to stymie the Calgary attack tomorrow, as they face off Sunday, Nov. 12 at 4 p.m. MT.