DAVID LARKINS, Wesmen Athletics
It's not how you start, it's how you finish.
The Winnipeg Wesmen shook off an early 15-point deficit and came from behind to defeat the Manitoba Bisons 69-58 Sunday in the final game of the BOB-FM Shootout at the Duckworth Centre.
Faith Hezekiah had her third straight double-double with 23 points and 15 rebounds to lead the Wesmen on her way to being named a tournament all-star. Jessica Dyck, the second-year forward from Oak Park High School, had her first career double-double with 16 points and 13 rebounds.
"Our last two games we haven't had the best starts, but this game proved to us our endurance," Dyck said. "We powered through. We know that even with not the best start we know how to ramp it up. Especially in the second half we proved ... it's all about the hard work and the effort plays."
Farrah Castillo, a transfer from Los Angeles Valley College, added 12 points for the Wesmen, who finished the tournament 2-1.
Winnipeg went 4:30 to start the game without a field goal and watched the Bisons open a 17-2 lead. U of M took a 19-9 out of the first quarter, but the Wesmen rallied from there, outscoring the Bisons 22-11 in the second quarter to take a 31-30 lead into halftime.
Tournament all-star Taylor Randall led the Bisons with 18 points and Addison Martin had 10. The Bisons shot 5-for-27 from three, while Winnipeg connected on 8 of 16.
In the earlier game, the Lakehead Thunderwolves finished 3-0 with an 86-46 win over the Brandon Bobcats, who went 0-3.
Karissa Kajorinne paced the T-Wolves with 21 points, while Nikki Ylagan, named tournament MVP, had 18.
Lauren Anderson had nine points and nine rebounds for Brandon, and was named a tournament all-star.