With all 11 players chipping in on the scoresheet, the Capilano Blues used a strong defensive first half to secure a 60-45 win over the visiting Columbia Bible College Bearcats on Thursday night in their last home game of the regular season.
The Blues allowed just 16 points in the first half to build up a 20-point lead at the break – a lead that proved pivotal since the Bearcats kept pace throughout the rest of the game and outscored the Blues over the final two quarters. CBC shot just 21.9% in the first half and 25.7% overall, and CapU forced them into 22 turnovers.
Sherrie Errico played extremely efficient basketball on the night, playing under 10 minutes but pouring in a team-high 17 points thanks to 5-of-7 shooting from beyond the arc. Carmelle M’Bikata also reached double figures in limited minutes, scoring 10 in 13 minutes. Ashley De La Cruz Yip had another strong game running the point, increasing her league-leading assist total with seven helpers that went along with five steals on the defensive end.
Fifth-year Amber Kavanagh was honoured before her final home game for Capilano, and in the contest she contributed four rebounds, two assists, and three blocked shots. Kavanagh spent two years with the Blues after transferring from Kwantlen Polytechnic University, and will finish her PACWEST career in the top five in career rebounding. She was named to the conference all-rookie team in her first year, and last season helped CapU to a PACWEST silver medal.
Capilano (13-0) gets back in action Friday night in New Westminster when they take on second-place Douglas College (9-3) in the PACWEST Game of the Week. Tip-off goes at 6 p.m.