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Capilano extends win streak to seven

Fifth-year forward Carmelle M'Bikata. Photo Paul Yates / Vancouver Sports Pictures
Fifth-year forward Carmelle M'Bikata. Photo Paul Yates / Vancouver Sports Pictures

The Capilano University Blues women’s basketball team extended their win streak to seven this past weekend, and their two victories on the road over the Langara College Falcons moved them to 13-3 and back into first place in the PACWEST.

Coming off of a bye week, CapU held off a late Langara comeback to secure a 68-61 win on Friday night in Vancouver. The Blues went up by nine after the first quarter and then led by 14 heading into the fourth, but the Falcons didn’t go away quietly. The home side outscored Capilano 18-11 in the final frame, but the Blues were able to close out the seven-point victory.

Fifth-year Carmelle M’Bikata was dominant on both ends of the floor, posting season-highs for points and rebounds with 26 and 16, respectively. She shot 9-of-12 from the field, and also racked up eight offensive boards, five steals, two blocks, and two assists. Rookie forward MacKenzie Smith came off the bench and also had a strong game in the paint, scoring 14 points and grabbing nine rebounds.

All nine Blues who played recorded an assist in the game, with Emma Cunningham leading the way with eight of the team’s 23. Capilano forced 20 turnovers on the night and made 14 steals, but committed 22 turnovers of their own.

Capilano closed out Saturday’s victory in more convincing fashion, outscoring the Falcons 19-4 in the fourth quarter to secure a 76-55 win. The Blues shot 45.6% in the game, which was aided by 22 team assists. Thirteen of them came from Reiko Ohama, which set a new Capilano women’s basketball record for assists in a game.

Zuzia Zdziechowski led the Blues with 17 points to go along with eight rebounds, while M’Bikata, Smith, and Sherrie Errico also all scored in double-figures. M’Bikata recorded her third-straight double-double with 16 points and 15 rebounds, and now leads the PACWEST in both those categories with 14.4 and 9.0 per game, respectively.

The Blues now head into the final weekend of the regular season and will host the Douglas College Royals in a crucial two-game series at the Sportsplex in North Vancouver. Douglas is two points back of Capilano at 12-4, and won the two teams’ previous meeting back in November.

Friday’s contest is Make Some Noise for mental health night, as we encourage all fans to bring noisemakers and get loud as part of an ongoing effort to promote mental health awareness and reduce the stigma surrounding mental health. More information can be found here.

Game-time is 6:00pm on Friday, February 16, and 5:00pm on Saturday the 17th.

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