LANGLEY, British Columbia – The No. 1 University of Saskatchewan Huskies used a 16-point first quarter lead to defeat the Trinity Western University Spartans 71-53 Friday night at the David E. Enarson Gym on the campus of TWU in Langley, B.C.
The win keeps the top ranked Huskies unbeaten at 8-0, while the loss drops the Spartans to 3-5 heading into the Christmas break.
"Saskatchewan came out with a lot of fire and we got a taste of what a great team does on a second night. But after the first four minutes, we settled into the game and battled through on both sides of the ball," commented TWU head coach Cheryl Jean-Paul. "These games have been a learning exercise in the things it takes to win tough games and our finishing and shooting really hurt our ability to keep it close when we were able to make pushes. But we've had a very promising first semester, we've established a competitive mindset, and now have some time to get back to training and work on continuing to improve as a program."
The Spartans trailed the Huskies 26-10 at the end of the first quarter. From that point Saskatchewan held a two point edge in scoring, 45-43, over the final 30 minutes.
Second year guard Jessie Brown (Langley, B.C.) and forward Tessa Ratzlaff (Abbotsford, B.C.) led the Spartans with 19 points and 17 points. Fourth year forward Kayla Gordon finished the evening with eight points and a team high seven rebounds.
The Huskies had four players hit double digits in scoring. Leading the way were Kelsey Trulsrud (Saskatoon) with 16 points, Desarae Hogberg (Regina) and Sabine Dukate (Ventspiils, Latvia) with 13 points each and Dalyce Emmerson (Prince Albert, Sask.) with 12 points and a game high nine rebounds.
Next up for the Spartans is at the University of Regina on Saturday and Sunday January 9-10. TWU's next home game is on January 22 when they face the University of Calgary in a weekend double header. The top ranked Huskies will suit up again for Canada West play on January 8-9 in Calgary against the Dinos.
Game notes: TWU shot 30 percent (15-50) from the field, while SASK shot 42.2 percent (27-64)...the Huskies also finished with a 41-30 edge in rebounds...