CJ Pentland, CapU Sports Information Director
Powered by 27 first-quarter points and deadly shooting from beyond the arc, the Capilano University women’s basketball team earned an 83-52 win over the Columbia Bible College Bearcats on Friday evening in North Vancouver.
The Blues got out to a quick start with their three-point shooting, as both Sherrie Errico and Reiko Ohama hit a trio of shots from long distance in the first quarter to help CapU build up a double-digit lead. Capilano ended up shooting 8-for-13 (61.5%) from long range in the opening half, compared to a 2-for-16 rate (12.5%) from the Bearcats.
Capilano also used their defensive pressure to effect, forcing 10 turnovers in the first half and turning them into 11 points – which helped the Blues carry a 43-22 lead into halftime.
CapU continued their strong all-around effort in the second half to push their lead up to 30, and they maintained that level of play until the final buzzer to close out the 83-52 victory.
The Blues came into the game averaging a league-leading 15.8 steals per contest, and they eclipsed that total with 16 in the game – with five players recording at least two. CapU forced 25 turnovers in the contest – which led to 29 points in transition – while making only 10 themselves.
The 10 turnovers came opposite a season-high 22 assists, as Capilano’s ball movement broke down the CBC zone defense and consistently created open looks. Ashley dela Cruz Yip led the team with eight, and a total of nine Blues added a helper.
Largely thanks to the open looks, Capilano shot 42.3% from the field in the contest and drilled 13 three-pointers at a 46.4% clip. Errico went 5-for-9 from beyond the arc en route to a game-high 19 points, while Ohama and Simrat Dosanjh both had a trio of threes.
In a true balanced team win, all 11 Blues contributed with at least two points in the contest, and eight recorded at least three rebounds.
The win moves CapU to 4-1 on the season, while CBC falls to 1-5. The Blues head to New Westminster on Saturday night to close out their 2017 portion of the regular season with a match-up against the 3-2 Douglas College Royals.
Capilano will be back at home in North Vancouver on January 12 and 13 when they welcome Vancouver Island University to the Sportsplex.