DAVID LARKINS, Wesmen Athletics
The Winnipeg Wesmen lived to fight another day.
Antoinette Miller had a game-high 31 points, and Robyn Boulanger scored 19 points after halftime as the Wesmen women’s basketball team staved off playoff elimination with a 93-85 win over the Saskatchewan Huskies Friday night in Saskatoon.
Game 3 of the best-of-three goes Saturday in Saskatoon at 7 p.m. CT.
The Wesmen led by as many 20 in the second half after going into halftime up 38-33.
Boulanger hit six of eight from three and 9-for-11 from the field in dropping a career-high 26 points on the Huskies, who are the two-time defending conference champions and the No. 2 seed in the Canada West post-season.
Faith Hezekiah added 18 points and nine rebounds, while Miller chipped in eight rebounds and five assists to her total against her former team.
After a Sabine Dukate three cut the Wesmen second-half lead to 43-36, a Jessica Dyck jumper keyed the start of a 13-2 Winnipeg run over the next 3:38 that gave the Wesmen a 56-38 lead. Later, six straight Wesmen points took the U of W lead to 20 points, an advantage they’d take into the fourth quarter up 69-49.
A 15-4 Saskatchewan run got the deficit down to single digits at 75-64.
Winnipeg, which outscored the Huskies 31-16 in the third, was outscored 36-24 in the fourth.
The Wesmen hit 10 of 20 from three on the night, and shot 44.4 per cent from the field.
While the Huskies shot twice as many free throws as the Wesmen in Game 1, Winnipeg made 27 of 33 from the line in Game 2, compared to 13 of 20 for Saskatchewan.
Sabine Dukate, who was second on the Huskies in conference scoring at 15.6 points per game, was held to nine points on 3 of 13 shooting.
Kyla Shand had 15 points off the bench to lead Saskatchewan. Brianna Fehr, in reserve, had 12, as did Megan Lindquist, while Summer Masekewich, who had a double-double in Game 1, managed just 11 points and five rebounds.
Game 3 can be streamed online at canadawest.tv.