Brent Mutis, CapU Sport Information & Compliance Officer
Devon Wood's 14 points and 12 rebounds lifted the Capilano Blues women's basketball team to a 69-62 win over the visiting Okanagan College Coyotes Saturday afternoon at CapU's Centre for Sport and Wellness.
The Blues were up 17 points in the fourth quarter but the Coyotes started to chip away, getting within five on a Kali Loewen three-pointer with just over two minutes to go. But the home side dug in their heels with a couple of stops on defence and a pair of key makes from the free-throw line by Mackenzie Smith that settled the team's nerves.
Wood, in her first year with Capilano but third year of college basketball, secured four important boards in the fourth and liked the way her teammates held fast despite momentum going the Coyotes way much of the fourth quarter.
"I think what was important about that game is we all kind of kept out cool; we knew what we had to do at the end there," said the North Vancouver native. "We just had to settle down, make sure that we didn't make any silly mistakes and it paid off at the end."
First-year swing forward Alanya Davignon added nine more points, giving her 22 for the weekend. The 5-foot-7 Port Coquitlam product seems to be establishing herself more each game.
"What's good about Alanya is she's a great team player, she plays her role perfectly," noted Wood. "She doesn't get nervous, she knows what she has to do, she does it and it pays off for her."
Despite shooting just 2-of-18 from three-point territory, the Blues managed to improve their record to 5-1 on the season thanks largely to control of the glass where they out-rebounded the Coyotes 46-28. In addition to Wood's 12 boards, Smith had nine and Reiko Ohama had seven.
On Friday night's opener, Smith filled up the stat sheet and paced the Blues to a 75-57 home win over the Coyotes.
Smith was 9-for-12 from the field for 18 points and she also grabbed seven rebounds.
She was one of several deadly shooters for the Blues on the night along with Davignon who was 6-for-6 in a season- and career-best 13-point night and Wood who chipped in eight points on 4-of-5 shooting.
As a team, CapU shot 62.5 per cent and made good on 30 of 48 attempts. They were also tidy from the charity stripe where they made 13-of-16 for and 81.3 per cent mark. Ohama was a perfect 7-for-7 from the line.
The Blues led 36-22 at the half and after OC reduced the lead to nine, the home side had their most productive quarter of the night scoring 24 points in the final frame to seal the win.
Wood scored all eight of her points in the fourth while Emma Cunningham drained one of her two threes.