HUSKIES SUFFER SECOND LOSS OF SEASON2014-01-18
CALGARY – The University of Calgary Dinos became just the second team to defeat the Saskatchewan Huskies this season when they won 58-49 on Jan. 18 at Jack Simpson Gym.
The Dinos snapped the Huskies eight-game win streak while Calgary improved to 11-3 in arguably their biggest win of the season.
Tamara Jarrett led the way for the Dinos for a second night with 20 points and five rebounds. Point guard Kristie Shiels and Ashley Hirons both scored 11 for the Dinos. Jessica Thielen had 14 rebounds in the game.
For Saskatchewan, Dalyce Emmerson was the star with 15 points and a game-high 26 rebounds. Kiera Lyons had another eight points for the Huskies.
Calgary’s start looked just like last night’s with the Dinos coming out hot. Tied at seven, Hirons gave Calgary the lead, but only momentarily as the Huskies evened it up again with a three of their own. Hirons promptly responded to that, sinking her second of the game within half a minute.
The Dinos continued to build up their lead as both Brianna Ghali and Jarrett scored consecutive three-pointers after that, giving Calgary a 16-9 lead. Aggressive defence and great half court pressure allowed the Dinos to go up 20-9 after the first.
In the second, Jarrett was the first player on the court to move into double digits with her second three-pointer of the night. Shiels also scored from beyond the arc to give Calgary an outstanding 17 point lead two minutes into the quarter.
The No. 4 Huskies wouldn’t go down that easily though. A 7-0 run would force head coach Damian Jennings to call a timeout to try and stop the bleeding, but to no avail. The Dinos allowed Saskatchewan to score 12 unanswered points before getting back on the board, four and a half minutes after Shiels’ three.
A strong final two minutes of the quarter made up for a lack of offence from the Dinos as they were able to send the lead back into double digits. At halftime, Calgary lead Saskatchewan 35-22.
The third saw both teams struggle on offence, with just nine points scored between the two teams half way through the quarter. The Huskies would start trying to close the gap later on, going on a 6-0 run. With two minutes left in the third, Saskatchewan got within ten points at 43-33, but the Dinos would hold on for the fourth, heading into the final stanza up 47-35.
Jarrett scored a quick four points after the quarter break, but later the Huskies pushed again, this time getting within eight. After a scoring lull from both sides, two key free throws were missed by Emmerson and the Dinos held on to their 55-47 lead.
Trying to do all they can, the Huskies continued to foul the Dinos, but to no avail as Calgary went on to defeat the No. 4 Huskies 58-49.
The Dinos head north to face provincial rivals, the No. 3 Alberta Pandas, next weekend in a doubleheader. Saskatchewan will host the Lethbridge Pronghorns.