Blues hang on to defeat Chargers

Photo courtesy the CCAA
Photo courtesy the CCAA

CJ Pentland, CapU Sports Information Director

Powered by a 47-point first half, the Capilano University Blues women’s basketball team got back to their winning ways with a 79-70 victory over the Camosun College Chargers on Saturday afternoon in North Vancouver. 

The CapU offence was on fire early on, scoring 26 points in the first quarter and shooting 44.4% in the opening half. The Blues achieved much of their offensive success in the paint, as second-year forward Mackenzie Smith had 12 points thanks to strong play in the post, and Alessia Brutto tallied 10 largely thanks to attacking the rim. 

The Blues pushed their lead up to 16 midway through the second quarter when Georgia Nelson came off the bench and hit back-to-back threes, and they led 47-37 at the half.

The CCAA #12 ranked Chargers continued to hang around, and eventually cut the the lead to single-digits midway through the third. They remained within striking distance for the remainder of the contest, as turnovers by the Blues allowed the Chargers to cut into their deficit. The visitors trailed by as little as three in the fourth quarter, but CapU pulled together to maintain their advantage.

After the Chargers started fouling with under a minute to play, the Blues kept their composure — hitting their free throws and stepping up their defence and rebounding to secure a 79-70 decision. Overall the Blues went 23-of-29 (79.3%) from the free throw line, a major factor in the win. 

“We’re playing a lot of the younger players right now, and they’re in the learning process so I expect them to make some mistakes, but we just need to execute a bit better,” said head coach Chris Weimer after the game. “But we shot the ball well from the free throw line, especially down the stretch when they were fouling us.”

Brutto finished with her third double-double of the season, totalling 19 points and 13 rebounds. Smith finished with 16 and five, and Reiko Ohama added 12 points and four steals. 

The Blues improve to 3-1 on the season and remain in second place in the PACWEST through two weeks of play. They will head on the road next weekend, facing Douglas College in New Westminster on Friday and then travelling to Kelowna to face Okanagan College on Saturday. The next home game for CapU is in 2019, when the Blues host Douglas on January 4 and 5.