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WBB | Veterans lead Wesmen fourth-quarter rally

Faith Hezekiah had 29 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Wesmen women's basketball team to a non-conference win over the UNB Reds Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. (Shanlee McLennan/Wesmen Athletics file)
Faith Hezekiah had 29 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Wesmen women's basketball team to a non-conference win over the UNB Reds Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. (Shanlee McLennan/Wesmen Athletics file)

DAVID LARKINS, Wesmen Athletics

The Winnipeg Wesmen veteran core helped spur a fourth-quarter comeback Saturday night.

After giving up a lead it had had all game in the third quarter, the Wesmen women's basketball team outscored the UNB Reds 24-13 in the fourth quarter to pull away with a 72-68 non-conference victory in Fredericton, N.B.

Faith Hezekiah had 29 points, 10 rebounds and four steals to lead the way for the Wesmen, who led 19-11 after the first quarter and 34-29 at the half.

The Reds, however, surged ahead thanks to a 26-14 third to take a 55-48 lead into the final 10 minutes. 

"We fought hard to come back," assistant coach Alyssa Grant, who is handling head coaching duties on the trip, said. "We did a better job in the fourth quarter handling the physicality they were bringing. The girls showed composure and started to push the ball again and created good looks for us out of transition. I give a ton of credit to our veterans, keeping us calm and seeing the game through to the end."

Lena Wenke added 14 points for the Wesmen and freshman guard Anna Kernaghan added 10 points, including 2-for-2 from three.

The Wesmen shot 6-for-13 from three and 22 of 55 from the field. 

Katie Daley led three UNB players in double figures with 16. Mikaela Dodig added 11 and Grace Simpson 10. 

The Wesmen close out the tournament with a clash Sunday against Laval, the national semifinalists in 2018-19.

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