CJ Pentland, CapU Sports Information Director
Powered by the performances of Reiko Ohama and Mackenzie Smith, the Capilano University Blues women’s basketball team completed a weekend sweep of the Douglas College Royals with a 61-53 victory on Saturday evening in North Vancouver.
Ohama scored Capilano’s first 10 points of the game and finished with 25 for the second night in a row – also recording nine rebounds and four assists. Smith scored a career-high 20 points in the win, shooting 10-of-15 from the floor and adding nine rebounds and two assists.
The play of Ohama and Smith helped the Blues remain in control in the second half, with Smith doing her damage in the paint and Ohama attacking from all over the court – shooting 4-of-6 from beyond the arc and 11-of-14 from the free throw line.
While CapU led from the get-go and was up 20-10 after the first quarter, Douglas hung around throughout the contest and kept it within a one-possession game in the second half. With the Royals down by four in the final minute, first-year Jessica Wolpert helped secure the win with a jumper that made it 59-53 with 53 seconds left.
Capilano overcame 22 turnovers in the contest, in part due to forcing Douglas into 20 of their own. The Blues also dished out 15 assists, with six players recording at least two.
The win improves CapU to 5-3 on the season and gives them a 2-1 season series advantage over the Royals, who are now 4-4. The Blues are now in second place in the PACWEST, and will face the conference’s top team next weekend when they travel to Nanaimo and take on the Vancouver Island University Mariners on January 11 and 12. They’ll be back at home on January 25 and 26 to host the Langara College Falcons in a two-game series.