Wesmen Basketball teams battle T-birds in weekend series
The University of Winnipeg Wesmen basketball teams faced off with the UBC Thunderbirds this past weekend at the Duckworth Centre. Both series saw a sweep as the Wesmen women dropped the visiting T-birds to move to 6-4 on the regular season; the Wesmen men dropped the pair to the T-birds and are now 2-8.
In Women's action, Coach Tanya MacKay's charges flip-flopped the lead with the Birds on Friday night before they dominated the fourth quarter 20-7 and came away with a 78-71 victory. Antoinette Miller was once again the leader of the attack, putting up 31 points, adding 7 rebounds, 9 assists and 9 steals in a spectacular performance.
Faith Hezekiah added a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Coming back from an injury, Skylar Boulanger played her first conference games of the season and had 10 points and 9 rebounds in just 24 minutes of action. Saturday night the Thunderbirds hung around for the first quarter before the hosts spread the game wide open. Hezekiah was the leader on night 2 with 24 points and 18 rebounds, both game highs. Antoinette Miller added 20 points, 5 assists, 6 rebounds and 7 steals; freshmen Robyn Boulanger and Jessica Dyck both had 9 points.
In Men's play the Wesmen were up against the 7th ranked UBC men and faced a difficult task. Friday they battled throughout, only to see the bigger, badder Birds come away with an 83-67 win. Winnipeg had four players hit double figures. Narcisse Ambanza and Denzel Lynch-Blair both had 13, Billy Yaworsky had 12 and freshmen Don Dayrit added 10. After the loss the first night, the short-staffed Wesmen knew they were in for a test and that was before they heard that 4th year scoring leader Lynch-Blair would be forced to sit out with an ankle sprain. The Birds were unsympathetic and steam-rolled the hosts 101-54. Marcello Kambola was the scoring leader, coming off the bench for 12; Ambanza added 11.
The two teams will close out the first half of the regular season when they host the MacEwen University Griffins at the Duckworth Friday and Saturday. Tipoff Friday is 6 pm for the Women.
The Volleyball teams were on the bye last week and host the Brandon Bobcats on a rare Tuesday night matchup at the Duckworth. First serve for the Women is 6 pm.