Dinos close homestand with win over Wesmen
Lance Doucet; Dinos Communications
CALGARY – For the second-straight game, the University of Calgary Dinos women's basketball team shutdown the high flying offence of the Winnipeg Wesmen, pulling away with a 72-41 win on Sunday afternoon at the Jack Simpson Gym.
Calgary was able to carry momentum from Saturday night's game into Sunday, scoring early and often against the Wesmen, while limiting their star players' opportunities.
The Dinos offence was spread out across their lineup with all but one player registering at least a point. Bobbi Jo Colburn and Brianna Ghali each had 16 points, while Shannon Hatch and Anmol Mattu finished with 11 and eight points respectively.
Hatch led Calgary with seven rebounds, including four on offence.
"We played really well today," commented Colburn, who tied a school record on Saturday with eight three pointers. "I knew they were going to play me for the shot, so I knew I would have open lanes and lanes for other people. I wouldn't be able to score as much, but I am really happy with everyone's game."
Faith Hezekiah was Winnipeg's top scorer for the second night in a row. She also led her team with 12 rebounds.
"Everyone was on the ball at all times, all five [players on the court] responded," said Colburn when asked about her team's approach on defence.
The Dinos sweep the weekend and improve their record to 5-1. Calgary will finish the calendar year on the road, not playing another home game until January 4.
Winnipeg loses their fourth straight game, falling to 2-4 on the season.
Making amends for a slow start on Saturday, the Dinos controlled the first half of Sunday's game. Calgary outscored Winnipeg 23-7 in the opening quarter and added to their lead with a solid second quarter, giving them a 40-19 lead at the half.
A relentless effort on defence by the Dinos and some sloppy turnovers by the Wesmen played a big role in Calgary's early advantage. The home team had 12 steals in the opening half and eventually finished the game with 19.
Following a tight third quarter, the Dinos closed things out with another impressive defensive performance in the fourth. The Wesmen were held to just eight points, while the Dinos collected 17 to wrap up the weekend.
Calgary begins a four-game road swing next weekend as they visit the Brandon Bobcats, Nov. 17-18.
The Wesmen travel further west next weekend as they take on the Fraser Valley Cascades.
Dinos stay perfect as the offence regains its footing
Jack Pengelly; Dinos Communications
CALGARY – The University of Calgary Dinos men's basketball team held off the Winnipeg Wesmen once again on Sunday evening, earning a 103-89 victory.
With the win Calgary moves to 6-0 on the season, while Winnipeg slips to 1-5.
After struggling from the three-point line Saturday, the Dinos were able to regain their stroke, shooting 45.5% from deep. Five players had a least nine points for the Dinos, including Canada West leading scorer Mambi Diawara's game-high 28.
The ability to get to the rim buoyed their offensive performance in the opening half and created space for their shooters later in the game. Fifth-year forward Connor Foreman wreaked havoc against the interior of the Wesmen zone, shooting seven of eight from the field and finishing with a season-high 16 points. The Dinos finished +16 in the paint against the Wesmen.
Winnipeg made its push with seven minutes left to play in the fourth, going on an 8-1 run to make it a five-point game. Unlike in Saturday's contest however, the Dinos offence answered the bell, scoring nine points in less than 45 seconds to push the lead back to 14.
Third-year guard William Sesay led the way for the Wesmen, scoring 20 points to go along with seven rebounds and five assists. Winnipeg has hung in tough against two of the nations best in the past two weeks, No. 4 Calgary and No. 3 Alberta, and despite their current 1-5 record, looks primed for another trip to the CW playoffs.
Don Dayrit and Marcello Kambola added 14 and 12 points off the bench for the Wesmen, who stay on the road next week with a visit to Fraser Valley.
For Calgary it's another terrific start to the campaign; the Dinos opened the 2016-17 season 5-1 en route to a second place finish in Canada West. The sweep keeps them tied for first in CW with Alberta and Lethbridge. The Dinos will have to be patient for their chance against their in-province rivals however, as they don't play either team until January.
The Dinos hit the road to close out the first half of the CW season. They visit Brandon next week, before an early December matchup against Saskatchewan.