DAVID LARKINS, Wesmen Athletics
The ran into one of the hottest teams in the country and their winning streak hit the end of the road in the process.
The No. 2-ranked Calgary Dinos opened the game on an 11-0 run and never looked back in posting an 86-52 Canada West conference women's basketball victory Friday night at the Duckworth Centre.
The Wesmen saw their six-game win streak snapped, while Calgary (13-0) won its 28th straight conference game to remain tied atop the Canada West.
"They're No. 2 in the country for a reason and it showed. They're fit and they're like machines out there," Wesmen head coach Tanya McKay said.
"I think we showed some fight (after half), for sure. The kids started to figure out they had to go south instead of east-west. For us, with our youth, that's a learning game. We get games like that, we're not looking at the scoreboard, we're looking at what can we do to match their physicality, what can we do to defend them or disrupt what they're doing? They're just so much more experienced and veteran. But I was happy our kids did some good things down the stretch and saw some offence out of our sets that we were waiting to see. And for us to run that against Calgary we were really happy with that."
Liene Stalidzane and Sascha Lichtenwald led Calgary with 12 points each and Bobbi-Jo Colbourn had 11.
The Dinos won the rebounding battle 45-31.
Calgary also shot 10-for-23 from three, which enabled the visitors to jump out to a 49-22 lead at the half.
"Certainly the first half we did shoot the ball particularly well," Calgary head coach Damian Jennings said. "Offensively I thought we transitioned pretty quickly, we found some good gaps off some decent pick action and from that we were able to find in-to-out kind of shots as well as back cuts and some other options. We were pretty sloppy in the first half as far as finishing and provided Winnipeg, who obviously transitions well themselves, some much easier looks. All and all, that was a decent performance."
The two teams meet again Saturday at 7 p.m. CT.