Capilano battles to split on island

Photo: Northfield Photography
Photo: Northfield Photography

On a weekend trip to Vancouver Island, the Capilano women’s basketball played in two hard-fought games and came away with a weekend split to move to 3-1 in PACWEST play.

Friday night saw the Blues visit Victoria to take on the Camosun College Chargers in a battle of two undefeated teams. The home team held a slim four-point lead after one period of play, but Capilano started to chip away over the next two quarters and led by two after the third.

It remained a one-possession game into the final minute, but after Camosun took the lead the Blues were unable to answer. CapU couldn’t convert on their final offensive possessions, and the Chargers made their free throws down the stretch to close out an 80-74 win.

Capilano won the turnover battle by forcing 24 and making 13, but Camosun was more efficient on offence – shooting 45.5% from beyond the arc and 75.0% from the free throw line. Capilano had a three-point percentage of 24.0%, and shot just 44.4% from the charity stripe.

Reiko Ohama led the CapU offence with 19 points, draining four of her team’s six three-pointers on the night, and also posted five rebounds and four steals. Carmelle M’Bikata had 15 points, eight boards, and four steals, while Ashley dela Cruz Yip had 14 points to go along with six rebounds and three assists. Francis Penafiel had 11 points and two steals off the bench.

Capilano responded with a win on Saturday afternoon in Nanaimo, as they used a strong second quarter to finish off their weekend with a 71-63 win over Vancouver Island University.

The Blues held VIU to just eight points in the second frame and scored 15, as their eight-point lead at half time held up over the final 20 minutes.

M’Bikata and Sherrie Errico tied for the game-high in points with 20, with Errico going 4-of-8 from beyond the arc. M’Bikata had a strong all-around game with eight rebounds, two assists, two steals, and two blocks, while dela Cruz Yip added seven rebounds and five assists.

In the contest, dela Cruz Yip became the all-time assists leader for PACWEST women’s basketball with 318 over her five-year career with Capilano.

CapU is now 3-1 through two weeks of PACWEST play and sits in second place. Their next game is back at home when the Blues host Columbia Bible College on Friday, November 24. Tip-off is at 6:00pm in the Sportsplex.