Both the men’s and women’s Huskie basketball teams won both of their games against the visiting University of Victoria Vikes on Nov. 21 and 22.
The women started off the weekend with a 71–62 win on Nov. 21 at the Physical Activity Complex. A strong first two quarters paved the way for the Dogs as they lead by 12 points at the half. The Vikes played a motivated second half and managed to outscore the Huskies, but it wasn’t enough to complete the comeback.
Dalyce Emmerson led the scoring with 17 points, Laura Dally finished with 13 points and Kelsey Trulsrud was a strong presence under the net, amassing 11 boards in the win. The Vikes couldn’t quite get it going offensively as they shot just 41 per cent from the field and their 17 turnovers didn’t help the cause either.
In the women’s Nov. 22 game, the Huskies were again victorious, winning 89–68. The Huskies were more wary of the dangerous Vikes offence and did their best to control the game. The back-and-forth first quarter saw the Huskies lead by only two points. However, strong offensive rebounding on the Huskies’ part allowed them to convert on many of their offensive possessions.
The Huskies shot at 63 per cent and won the rebound battle 33–20. Trulsrud was again strong under the net with 14 points and seven rebounds. Emmerson and Dally led the scoring with 20 and 19 points, respectively.
The men’s team had equally impressive results during the weekend. Their Friday night game saw them win with a score of 82–70. At the half, the Huskies led by 15 thanks to a strong second quarter. The Vikes attempted to mount a comeback but the Dogs weren’t going to allow it. Evan Ostertag played off the bench and proved instrumental in keeping the Huskies ahead, adding 13 of his team-leading 24 points during the second half. Mike Scott had 19 points and Matthew Forbes had 10 rebounds.
In the men’s second game of the weekend on Nov. 22, the Huskies started with a flurry of points and never looked back. Dadrian Collins’ amazing first half where he shot 7–7 from three-point range accentuated the team’s 95–70 win. Shooting 9–9, Collins finished the night with 28 points.
The Huskies’ strong press in the first half forced a few turnovers from the Vikes that led to quick points after baskets. At half, the score was 56–30 in favour of the homeside. The resilient Vikes once again showed their second-half strength but were unable to catch up to the powerful Huskies. Forbes was second in team scoring with 18 points.
With their impressive weekend performances, both Huskie teams now sit at 4–2. The men’s team is on a three game winning streak while the women have won four in a row.
The next game for both teams is on Nov. 28 when they travel to Vancouver to play the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds. The next home games are Jan. 16, 2015 against the University of Regina Cougars.
Photo: Kyra Mazer