CapU drops two on the roard

Photo Tae Hoon Kim / Capilano University
Photo Tae Hoon Kim / Capilano University

CJ Pentland, CapU Sports Information Director

The Capilano University Blues women’s basketball team dropped a pair of close decisions on the road this past weekend, slipping back to .500 and now sitting in third place with the 2018 portion of the PACWEST season in the books.

CapU started the week with a Thursday night clash against Douglas College in North Vancouver, and got off to a good start with a 20-15 lead after the first quarter. But the Royals responded to take a one-point lead into the half, and were able to prevent a late Blues comeback to come away with a 73-68 win.

The Blues had three players score in double-figures, but had only five points off the bench compared to 24 for Douglas. Simrat Dosanjh had a season-high 16 points powered by a 4-of-6 mark from beyond the arc, and Reiko Ohama and Alessia Brutto both had well-rounded games; Ohama had 15 points, six assists, four rebounds, and three steals, and the rookie Brutto had 15 points, nine boards, three helpers, three steals, and two blocks.

After a travel day up to Kelowna, CapU couldn’t rebound against the PACWEST’s newest team, Okanagan College. Trailing by only two after the first quarter, OC outscored the Blues 23-16 in the second to take a nine-point lead into halftime and held on down the stretch for a 71-58 win.

The Blues shot just 32.8 percent in the contest, and were just 4-of-17 from beyond the arc. They also committed 25 turnovers while recording just two steals.

Brutto picked up another double-double – her fourth in six games – with 16 points and 17 rebounds. Ohama added five assists, and now leads the PACWEST with an average of 4.67 per game.

CapU heads into the winter break at 3-3 and in third place in the crowded PACWEST standings. They’ll be off until the New Year, when the Blues host Douglas on January 4 and 5 at the Centre for Sport and Wellness in North Vancouver.