Brent Mutis, CapU Sport Information & Compliance Officer
Reiko Ohama scored a season-high 20 points to lead the Capilano Blues women's basketball team to an 81-33 win over the visiting Columbia Bible College Bearcats Saturday night at CapU.
The Blues held the Bearcats to just one basket in the first quarter as they built a commanding lead early on. Mackenzie Smith scored eight of her 11 points on the night in the opening quarter.
The second half belonged to Ohama when she scored 18 of her 20 points. The fifth-year point guard was 7-for-12 from the field on the night including 4-for-8 from three-point range.
"Reiko was our leading scorer last year, averaging close to 15 points a game," said Blues head coach Chris Weimer. "She has been in a shooting slump to start this season... I told her she just had to keep shooting no matter what. She hit more threes in five minutes (against CBC) than she had hit all season prior to that.
"I expect her scoring will go up in the New Year and as we head into playoffs.
Jenelle McComb got her first start of the season and responded with a season-high eight points in 25 minutes of play. Martha Melaku grabbed eight rebounds to lead the team in that category for the evening.
On Friday night, the Blues were upended on the road 73-66 in overtime by Douglas College. Smith had a big night with 19 points and 13 rebounds but the Blues weren't able to make their halftime lead hold up. Douglas outscored them 15-8 in overtime as well to earn the win.
Ohama and Emma Cunningham were just 2-14 combined from three.
"We had great looks and opportunities but the ball just wouldn't go in," said Weimer. "We also need to be more consistent. We may get away with winning a number of games playing one or two strong quarters, but against good teams like Douglas we need a solid 40 minutes from everyone."
Capilano ends the first half of the season with a 6-2 record, good enough for second in the PACWEST standings.
The first game of the New Year will be Friday, January 17 with Douglas coming to CapU for a 6 p.m. tip-off at the Centre for Sport and Wellness.