DAVID LARKINS, Wesmen Athletics
For the first 20 minutes, according to their head coach, the Winnipeg Wesmen didn't have the fire that usually accompanies a clash with their closest rivals.
After a few words at halftime, it took about two minutes to change that.
The Wesmen women's basketball team used an 8-2 run over the first 2:44 of the second half to set the tone for the rest of the day, scoring an 87-76 non-conference victory over the Manitoba Bisons Saturday at the BOB-FM Shootout at the Duckworth Centre.
The Wesmen held a 21-18 lead after a quarter and stretched that to 42-32 at the half, but head coach Tanya McKay said the coaching staff felt like something was missing.
"We didn't really play with a whole lot of intensity that we normally would against Manitoba (in the first half)," McKay said. "As a coaching staff we talked about it and we weren't really sure why we didn't have that intensity ... They finally got fired up and started playing. We hit some shots, we got some steals. I want to compete for 40 and not a small chunk of time. So, we've got some work to do."
Boulanger was a super-efficient 9-for-13 from the field and needed just 2-for-3 from three to get to her game-high scoring total.
"I've always tried to give it my all both ways at both ends of the floor — offence and defence — and I felt like I did that today," Boulanger said.
"I think we have good depth. We have lots of shooters, we have lots of drivers, we have everyone who can contribute in a unique way, so that's nice to have for sure."
Lena Wenke was the other player in double figures for Winnipeg with 10 points on 4-for-4 shooting.
The Wesmen shot 33-for-69 for the field and held the Bisons to 30 of 82 and 8-for-28 from three. The Wesmen were 5-for-15 from three.
Emma Thompson had 15 points to lead four Bisons in double figures. Addison Martin added 14, Lauren Bartlett had 11 and Deidre Bartlett had 10.