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WBB | Boulanger boosts Wesmen to fifth straight win

Deb Nkiasi leads a fastbreak for the Winnipeg Wesmen during a win over the MacEwan Griffins on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020. (David Larkins/Wesmen Athletics)
Deb Nkiasi leads a fastbreak for the Winnipeg Wesmen during a win over the MacEwan Griffins on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020. (David Larkins/Wesmen Athletics)

DAVID LARKINS, Wesmen Athletics

The head coach called it disjointed, but the Winnipeg Wesmen kept their win streak together.

The Wesmen women's basketball team got a season-high 23 points from Robyn Boulanger and forced 33 MacEwan turnovers to hand the Griffins a 69-54 Canada West conference defeat at the Duckworth Centre Saturday night.

Winnipeg ran its win streak to six straight games in moving to 8-4 on the season, while MacEwan dropped to 2-10. 

Boulanger hit 5-for-10 from three, had 15 points at halftime and dished out five assists for the Wesmen.

Lena Wenke had 14 points on 4-for-8 shooting and Jessica Dyck added 11. Jillian Duncan had a team-high 10 rebounds. 

"In the beginning of the game, we were holding the ball too much then when we started getting rolling, we started attacking and pitching for threes, which was awesome," Wesmen head coach Tanya McKay said. "But we didn't shoot the ball particularly well. It was a disjointed game, I thought. We normally play off our defence to create offence and when we didn't transition and played five-on-five just held the ball way too long."

A night after watching the Wesmen shoot the best they have in years, MacEwan held Winnipeg to 35.8 per cent from the field and 34.8 from three. 

"It was certainly a focus for us after last night letting them shoot over 50 per cent from the floor, so it was a big focus for us tonight just to come out with a little more intensity and play a little bit more physically, and take a little pride in some of those one-on-one battles," Griffins head coach Katherine Adams said. "I thought they responded really well to that. I thought we got them to the end of the shot clock a lot more. They're talented, they hit some really tough shots that I thought we did the best job we could. Happy with the defensive intensity today for sure."

Darian Mahmi had 15 points to lead the Griffins, Shannon Majeau 13 and Mackenzie Farmer 11. 

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