CJ Pentland, CapU Sport Information Director
The Capilano University Blues women’s basketball team finished off the 2018-19 regular season with another strong all-around effort, defeating the Okanagan College Coyotes 65-39 on Saturday afternoon in North Vancouver. The victory was the ninth in a row for the Blues, and they now head into the playoffs with a 14-4 record and as the #2 seed.
All 10 Blues played at least 15 minutes in the contest and all 10 scored a basket, with seven each recording at least one steal. CapU delivered one of their best defensive performances of the season, holding Okanagan to a season-low 39 points, recording 15 steals, and limiting the Coyotes to a 28.8 field goal percentage; in the first half, they allowed just 13 points and led by 18 at the break.
“It was an unbelievable first half … I think in the second quarter it was all first-years and [second-year] Georgia Nelson, and they really buckled down on defence,” said head coach Chris Weimer. “To get those minutes out of them was huge, and to have them play that well too.”
It was the final home game for fifth-year guard Sherrie Errico, who spent four of her five seasons with CapU and was honoured after the game. She led the Blues with 14 points, giving her 739 career points – good for fifth all-time on the CapU women’s basketball leaderboard and an average of 10.3. She also totaled 228 rebounds and 121 assists, good for 13th and 10th on the all-time lists, respectively.
Errico is completing her Bachelor of Legal Studies degree at CapU, and has been a CCAA Academic All-Canadian, PACWEST all-star, two-time CapU Scholar Athlete of Distinction, and recipient of the PACWEST Academic Excellence Award.
“Sherrie played a great game,” said Weimer, who coached Errico for all four years as either Capilano’s assistant or head coach. “I think she was a little nervous at the start, but she settled down nicely and got into a groove and played a great game, and I’m really happy for her to finish it off like that.”
First-year Jessica Wolpert had a well-rounded game off the bench, posting eight points, 11 rebounds, three assists and three steals in 21 minutes, and fellow rookie Arsh Gill tallied seven points and five rebounds. As a whole the Blues shot 40.3% in the contest and won the rebounding battle 42-26.
The Blues now turn their sights to the PACWEST Championships, hosted by Douglas College from February 28 to March 2 in New Westminster. CapU will enter the tournament as the defending champions, and as the #2 seed will receive a bye to the semifinals; a win there would advance them to the finals for the fourth season in a row.
Game times and tournament info will be announced next week on pacwestbc.ca.