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Balanced effort powers Blues to victory

CapU second-year guard Georgia Nelson. Photo Paul Yates / Vancouver Sports Pictures
CapU second-year guard Georgia Nelson. Photo Paul Yates / Vancouver Sports Pictures

CJ Pentland, CapU Sport Information Director

For the second-straight night the Capilano University Blues women’s basketball team received contributions from up and down the lineup, as balanced scoring and rebounding powered the Blues to an 87-66 victory over the Langara College Falcons on Saturday night in North Vancouver.

CapU more than doubled Langara in rebounding, grabbing 50 boards – 24 of which came on the offensive end. Mackenzie Smith had a double-double with 18 points and 13 rebounds – nine coming on offence – and Sherrie Errico nearly posted a triple-double with 12 points, eight rebounds, and eight assists.

Despite a tough Langara defence that pressed for the majority of the contest, CapU used strong ball movement to find open looks and put up a season-high 87 points. All five starters had at least three assists in the game, and the team as a whole shot 40.5 percent.

"I think today and just over the whole weekend the bench really stepped up and gave us some good minutes," said head coach Chris Weimer. "It was a scrappy game, but the girls played through it. We rebounded well, and that makes a huge difference. It's a character builder having to play through that scrappy defence they play."

Leading 15-12 after the first quarter, CapU outscored Langara 24-13 in the second to build up a 14-point lead going into halftime. The Falcons hung around in the third quarter and cut the deficit to 10, but the Blues responded with a 19-4 run that put the contest out of reach.

Reiko Ohama led all scorers with 22 points to go along with five rebounds and four assists, and Jessica Wolpert added 13 off the bench. Nine total players scored at least one field goal, with four totaling double-figures.

The victory improves CapU to 8-4 on the season and 5-1 since the winter break – keeping them in third place in the PACWEST. The Blues now head to Victoria for a crucial two-game series against second place Camosun College, who is two points ahead of the Blues in the standings. CapU won the prior meeting in November 79-70, and in the latest CCAA rankings the Blues are ranked #13 and the Chargers #15.

The games go on Friday, February 1 at 6:00pm and Saturday, February 2 and 1:00pm; they can be streamed online at pacwestbc.tv.