DAVID LARKINS, Wesmen Athletics
The Winnipeg Wesmen just weren’t able to pull one more upset.
The Wesmen women’s basketball team ran into a hot-shooting Saskatchewan Huskies team Saturday night and dropped a 97-64 decision in the deciding Game 3 of the best-of-three Canada West conference quarter-final Saturday in Saskatoon.
The Wesmen forced Game 3 with a win Friday but couldn’t muster the same magic on back-to-back nights.
Winnipeg trailed 28-14 after a quarter and 52-29 at the half, as the Huskies burst out shooting 8-for-21 from three in the first half alone.
Playing in her final university game, Antoinette Miller shone again scoring 26 points and adding six rebounds and four blocks.
The Wesmen got just five points from their bench and only 11 points from anyone else outside their top three scorers.
Sabine Dukate, who struggled Friday, bounced back for the Huskies by hitting six of 11 threes on her way to a team-high 21 points, leading five Saskatchewan players in double figures.
Summer Masikewich added 17, Maya Olynyk 12 off the bench, Megan Ahlstrom 11 and Megan Lindquist 10.
The Huskies, the No. 2 seed in the conference and two-time defending conference champions, move on to the semifinals.
The Wesmen were down early and never found their stride, watching an 8-0 Huskies run to start the game turn into a double-digit deficit before the game was even eight minutes old.
Despite only two years of service to the Wesmen, Miller will go down as one of the finest players to dawn a U of W jersey, having won Canada West conference and defensive player of the year in 2016-17 and making a strong case to be an award-winner again in her final season.
Boulanger, a U of W Collegiate graduate, will pass the torch to her sister Robyn, a freshman guard, after battling through injuries in previous years to become an integral piece of Winnipeg’s interior game.