DAVID LARKINS, Wesmen Athletics
The Winnipeg Wesmen will play with their season on the line Friday night in Saskatoon.
The Saskatchewan Huskies outscored the Wesmen 15-4 over a seven-minute stretch of the third quarter and took Game 1 of the best-of-three Canada West women’s basketball quarter-final series 76-58 Thursday night.
The Wesmen took their biggest lead of the ball game at 39-33 with 7:25 to go in the third after going into halftime tied at 29. But the Wesmen went the next 5:08 without making a basket as the No. 2-seeded Huskies pulled even, and then pulled away.
Game 2 of the series goes Friday at 7 p.m. CT. The game can be seen online at canadawest.tv.
For most of the first 20-plus minutes of the game the Wesmen looked nothing like the seven-seeded underdogs against the two-time defending conference champion Huskies.
Antoinette Miller had 15 points at the half for the Wesmen, who were successful in slowing down a Saskatchewan offence that scored more than 82 points per game in the conference season.
The Huskies shot 3-for-15 in the first half and 9-for-31 from the field.
The script got flipped in the second half, however.
Saskatchewan made 43 per cent from the three-point line and leading scorer Summer Masikewich had 14 of her team-high 19 points after the break.
Meanwhile, the Wesmen couldn’t buy a break or a bucket. U of W went 0-for-7 from the three-point line in the second half and Saskatchewan shot as many free throws in the second half (15) as the Wesmen shot all game.
Masikewich had a double-double with 12 rebounds to go along with her 19. Sabine Dukate added 15 points, and Megan Ahlstrom and Megan Lindquist had 14 apiece.