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Blues roll to convincing victory

CapU first-year guard Kirsten Abo. Photo Paul Yates / Vancouver Sports Pictures
CapU first-year guard Kirsten Abo. Photo Paul Yates / Vancouver Sports Pictures

CJ Pentland, CapU Sport Information Director

All 11 players found the score sheet and three scored in double-figures, as the CapU Blues women’s basketball team powered their way to an 85-59 victory over the Langara College Falcons on Friday night in North Vancouver.

The CapU offence shot 47.7 percent from the field and a total of seven players combined to drain 11 three-pointers en route to the season-high 85 points. The defence did its part as well, holding the Falcons to a 32.3 field goal percentage and forcing them into 21 turnovers.

The visitors shot the ball well in the first quarter and built up a nine-point lead five minutes into the game, but Capilano’s play in the paint helped them chip away at the deficit. A pull-up jumper at the buzzer by Kirsten Abo then gave the Blues a 19-18 lead after the first, and in the second quarter the home side started to pull away. Despite a 2-of-12 mark from beyond the arc over the opening 20 minutes, the Blues did well to break down a frantic, full-court Langara defence and put up 45 points to lead by 14 at halftime.

The second half saw the Blues find their range from long distance, as they shot 9-of-18 from three-point land to push their lead to as much as 28. With the Falcons causing some problems early in the half with their defensive pressure, back-to-back triples from Abo and Martha Melaku helped the Blues maintain a comfortable advantage from which they didn’t look back.

Fifth-year guard Sherrie Errico led the Blues in scoring on the night, totaling 18 points to go along with eight rebounds, three assists, and two steals. Mackenzie Smith added 14 points and two steals, and Alessia Brutto had another well-rounded game with nine points, nine boards, three blocks, and two steals. Reiko Ohama added to her league-leading assist total with five in the game to go along with 10 points and two steals.

The win improves CapU to 7-4 on the season and keeps them in third place in the PACWEST standings. The two teams will rematch tomorrow night on the North Shore for their third and final meeting of the season, with tip-off at 5:00pm.