The Huskies women’s basketball team continued their stellar season on Jan. 10 and 11, posting wins over the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds and the University of Victoria Vikes. The Dogs are now 11-1 on the season and continue their dominance over the Prairie Division.
Facing the unranked Vikes on Friday night, the Dogs displayed their trademark offence to earn a 73-45 win.
It looked like the Vikes would be able to challenge the Huskies early on. At the end of the first quarter the team was only trailing 17-21, but the Dogs quickly showed why they hold the number one ranking. The Huskies went on a 13-0 run at the start of the second quarter to head into the break with a sizeable 36-22 advantage.
Displaying their all-court skill, the Dogs outscored the Vikes 19-8 in the third quarter and continued to dictate play. The Huskies pulled away in the fourth quarter, leading by as many as 30 points to coast into the win.
The Huskies shot 51 per cent from the field and 31 per cent from outside the arc compared to only 30 and 14 per cent for the Vikes.
Dalyce Emmerson recorded a double-double with 17 points and 15 rebounds. Kabree Howard was the top scorer of the night with 18.
The second night was a different story, with the Dogs needing everything in their arsenal to defeat the hometown Thunderbirds 55-53.
During the first period the Huskies found themselves in an unfamiliar situation behind the Thunderbirds 7-16. The Thunderbirds were able to keep the Dogs off balance, forcing a streak of seven missed shots until Kiera Lyons netted a layup.
The Huskies chased the Thunderbirds down by the end of the second quarter, scoring four three-pointers to trail by only one point going into the half.
With points favouring the Dogs 14-13 in the third quarter, the two teams headed into the fourth tied at 39.
The Dogs made an immediate offensive push to go on a 13-4 run in the first six and a half minutes, but the Thunderbirds answered with baskets of their own. Two layups and three free throw shots cut the Huskies’ lead to 52-50 with 47 seconds left in play.
A foul against the Thunderbirds let the Huskies step up to the free throw line and, after netting three of four, the Dogs moved ahead 55-50. Thunderbird Cassandra Knievel found the basket from outside the three-point line to bring her team within one basket as time continued to wind down. Knievel stole the ensuing inbounds pass but missed her final shot as the Huskies escaped with the win.
Howard led the Dogs with 11 points while Desarae Hogberg and Lyons each added 10. Emmerson led the team from the paint, grabbing 15 off the boards.
The Huskies travel to Calgary, Alta. to face the University of Calgary Dinos on Jan. 17 and 18.
Photo: Calvin So