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WBB | Shorthanded Wesmen breeze by Bisons

Deb Nkiasi celebrates on the sideline after the Wesmen women's basketball team defeated the Manitoba Bisons in Canada West conference action Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019 at the Investors Group Athletic Centre. (David Larkins/Wesmen Athletics)
Deb Nkiasi celebrates on the sideline after the Wesmen women's basketball team defeated the Manitoba Bisons in Canada West conference action Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019 at the Investors Group Athletic Centre. (David Larkins/Wesmen Athletics)

DAVID LARKINS, Wesmen Athletics

Tanya McKay has been looking for someone to step up in the wake of a rash of key injuries to her Winnipeg Wesmen.

Thursday she got more than just one. 

Robyn Boulanger registered her first career double-double with a career-high 10 rebounds and season-high 21 points — not to mention five assists — and the Wesmen women's basketball team dominated in a 73-56 victory over the Manitoba Bisons.

"Robyn played tough. She made great decisions when her shot was there and moved the ball when it wasn't," McKay said. "I thought Anna (Kernaghan) did a wonderful job at the point. As a rookie point guard, she just kept everyone calm and competing."

Deborah Nkiasi added a career-high 12 points off the bench and Jillian Duncan matched a career-high with 12 of her own for the Wesmen, who snapped a four-game losing streak and moved to 3-4 on the season.

Jessica Dyck, who missed the last two games, came back and grabbed a season-high 10 rebounds. 

The win stood as a point in the annual Duckworth Challenge showdown between the crosstown rivals.

"Gritty," is how head coach McKay described the effort of her team, which outrebounded the Bisons 64-47. "The kids played tough. Manitoba, they're a veteran team. They're very experienced, they're very deep, and our kids just kinda mixed it up on defence. They were a pest and strong on the boards."

The two teams meet again Saturday at the Duckworth Centre. 

Emma Thompson had 12 points and seven rebounds to lead the Bisons (2-3). Addison Martin added 11 and seven. 

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