The CapU Blues women’s basketball team didn’t allow more than 12 points in a quarter and allowed just two three-pointers on the night, downing the Douglas College Royals 68-45 on Friday in North Vancouver to open 2019 on a winning note.
Fourth-year guard Reiko Ohama had a season-high 25 points to go along with five rebounds, three steals and three assists, and Mackenzie Smith also reached double-figures with 12 points. First-year forward Arsh Gill added productive minutes off the bench, chipping in seven points, six rebounds, a steal and a block.
The Blues held Douglas to 28.3 per cent shooting from the floor and countered with a 41.0 per cent mark of their own en route to the 23-point win. CapU also forced 21 turnovers while committing just 11 and dishing out 12 assists.
After the Royals jumped out to an early five-point lead midway through the first quarter, CapU responded with a 13-0 run to lead 17-9 after one. They pushed their lead to as much as 17 in the second frame and took a 37-21 lead into halftime, and out of the break they put the game out of reach – outscoring Douglas 21-12 in the third and leading by as much as 30 in the final quarter.
The win improves CapU to 4-3 on the season and evens up their season series with Douglas at 1-1 – who is also at 4-3. The third and final match between the two teams goes Saturday evening at 5:00pm at the Centre for Sport and Wellness in North Vancouver.