SASKATOON – A pair of Huskies notched double-doubles as No. 2 ranked Saskatchewan cruised to a 77-56 win over the UBC Thunderbirds Friday night in Game 1 of a Canada West Quarter-Final series.
Fifth-year guard Kelsey Trulsrud poured in a game-high 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting. Trulsrud had 11 rebounds on the night, hauling in six of them on the offensive end. Fellow senior Dalyce Emmerson chipped in with 14 more points for the Huskies and did her part on the glass with 10 boards.
After enjoying a bye during the play-in round last weekend, a fresh looking Saskatchewan squad scored the first seven points on Friday night. By the midpoint of the first quarter the Huskies held a 10 point advantage and were looking for more. UBC was able to contain the Saskatchewan surge to trail 19-10 after the opening quarter.
Both teams struggled to string together any strong scoring spurts in the second. Saskatchewan extended the lead slightly to 34-21 at halftime.
The Huskies stretched the cushion to 18 with a Megan Ahlstrom made three pointer halfway through the third quarter. The T-Birds wouldn't let the top seed in the Canada West run away with Game 1 hitting back-to-back shots to haul Saskatchewan back to within 13. As the game neared the end of the third quarter, the Huskies would begin to pull away moving ahead by 21.
Adrienne Parkin led the way for the T-Birds on Friday night. Parkin scored 15 points in the game and grabbed a team-high seven rebounds, while also leading UBC with three assists. Kara Spotton and Cherub Lum each added seven points for the T-Birds.
Game 2 of the Canada West Quarter-Final series tips off Saturday night at 6:15 p.m. at the PAC.