CapU picks up two crucial wins in Victoria

CapU rookie forward Alessia Brutto. Photo Paul Yates / Vancouver Sports Pictures
CapU rookie forward Alessia Brutto. Photo Paul Yates / Vancouver Sports Pictures

CJ Pentland, CapU Sport Information Director

In a weekend series between two nationally ranked teams who were battling it out for second place in the PACWEST, the Capilano University Blues women’s basketball came away with a crucial two-game sweep of the Camosun College Chargers in Victoria this past weekend. The victories improve CapU to 10-4 and put them on the inside track to a first-round bye in the playoffs.

The #13 ranked Blues started slow in Friday’s opener, falling behind 13-2 over the first four minutes and trailing by six points at the half. The second half was a different story, as CapU went on a 14-1 run out of half time and held the Chargers to seven points in the third quarter to take a 47-44 lead into the final frame. #15 Camosun hung around throughout the fourth and kept it within a two-score game for the majority of the quarter, but the Blues always had an answer and hit their free throws in the final minutes to secure a 70-61 win.

CapU overcame a 2-for-21 mark from three-point land thanks to limiting Camosun to an overall 24.7% field goal percentage and forcing them into 16 turnovers. They also received balanced scoring, with all five starters reaching double-figures. Rookie Alessia Brutto posted a well-rounded stat line of 17 points, 13 rebounds, four steals, three blocks, and two assists for her fifth double-double of the season. Fifth-year guard Sherrie Errico had 12 points and five assists, while Reiko Ohama added 11 points, six rebounds, and five assists.

Saturday’s game saw the Blues take care of business in a different fashion, as they led from the get-go and shot 52.9% from beyond the arc en route to an 87-74 win. Four players scored in double-figures, led by Ohama with 29 points – 14 of which came from the free throw line, where she shot 14-of-16. Errico went 4-of-5 from three and tallied 16 points, Brutto had 17 and eight rebounds, and Mackenzie Smith added 12 points and six boards.

Those four players are now all in the top 10 on the PACWEST scoring leaderboard, with Ohama in second at 14.9 points per game. She is also tops on the assist leaderboard with 4.57 per contest, with Errico in third and Simrat Dosanjh in tenth. In rebounding, Brutto is in second and Smith holds down the tenth spot.

Now in second place at 10-4, CapU only has two more regular season games remaining, as their upcoming games against Columbia Bible College have been forfeited by CBC – giving the Blues two more wins that’ll make them 12-4. Their final two games are at home on February 15 and 16 when the Blues host the Okanagan College Coyotes in a two-game series at the Centre for Sport and Wellness.