Capilano downs Quest in season opener

Capilano fifth-year guard Francis Penafiel. Photo Tae Hoon Kim, Capilano University
Capilano fifth-year guard Francis Penafiel. Photo Tae Hoon Kim, Capilano University

CJ Pentland, CapU Sports Information Director

Powered by a 20-0 run midway through the third quarter, the Capilano University Blues women’s basketball team opened their PACWEST regular season with an 82-51 win over the Quest University Kermodes on Friday night in the Sportsplex.

Both sides struggled to find their offensive stride to start the contest, and the score was tied at 12 after the first quarter. Capilano improved their shooting touch in the second quarter, as they turned their defensive pressure into baskets and opened up an 11-point lead. The Kermodes hung around with tough defense of their own, as CapU shot just 25.0% over the opening 20 minutes, but the Blues managed to take a 36-28 lead into halftime thanks to 14 turnovers and a 26.9% field goal percentage from Quest.

The Kermodes jumped out of the gate to start the third quarter, as they tied the game at 40. Yet Capilano quickly answered the bell, ramping up their half court pressure and forcing more turnovers to go on a 20-0 run.

Quest didn’t go away quietly, as they cut the CapU lead down to 11, but in the fourth quarter the Blues allowed just six points while scoring 23 to close out an 82-51 win.

Fifth-year point guard Ashley Dela Cruz Yip led Capilano with 21 points in the contest to go along with six rebounds and three steals. Reiko Ohama added 19 points, while Carmelle M’Bikata posted 12 points and seven rebounds. First-year forward MacKenzie Smith also tied for the team-high in rebounds with seven in the contest.

The Blues recorded 18 steals in the contest, as six players recorded at least two; Emma Cunningham led the team in that category with five. Capilano held Quest to 26.9% shooting over the entire game, as well as a 12.5% mark from beyond the arc.

Capilano is back at home Saturday night when they host the Langara College Falcons for the first of three matchups this season. Tip-off goes at 5:00pm at the Sportsplex in North Vancouver.