A new-look Winnipeg Wesmen squad got its non-conference season off on a winning note Friday at its own BOB-FM Shootout.
The Wesmen women's basketball team got 27 points and 17 rebounds from Faith Hezekiah and downed the Brandon Bobcats 67-59 in the opening game of the three-day pre-season tournament.
Jessica Dyck offered up 12 points on 6 of 9 shooting for the Wesmen, who led 18-17 after a quarter and 35-31 at the half.
For the first time in two years the Wesmen enter a season without point guard Antoinette Miller, the two-time all-Canadian who paced the backcourt. Now the reins have been handed over to another American in Rowland, Calif., native Farrah Castillo, who dished out seven assists in her north-of-the-border debut.
Adrianna Proulx led four Bobcats in double figures with 17. Kylie Weckend chipped in with 12 points, Hailey Maas added 11 and Lauren Anderson had 10 with 13 rebounds.
In the other game Friday, the Lakehead Thunderwolves down the Manitoba Bisons 81-76.
OUA player of the year Leashja Grant scored 25 to lead all scorers and added 10 rebounds. Karissa Kajorinne added 18, Lily Gruber-Schulz dropped 12 and Nikki Ylagan and Sofia Lluch had 10 each.
Manitoba was led by Taylor Randall and Claire Harvey's 16. Montan Kinzel added 11 and Nicole Konieczny 10.
The tournament continues Saturday with Winnipeg playing Lakehead at 1 p.m. and Brandon and Manitoba meeting at 3 p.m.