Brent Mutis, CapU Sport Information & Compliance Officer
Reiko Ohama went for a season-high 29 points, including 12 in the fourth quarter, but it was not enough as the Capilano Blues women's basketball team dropped a 78-69 decision Sunday afternoon to visiting Vancouver Island University (VIU).
Coming off Saturday's win over the No. 1-ranked Mariners, CapU started well, shooting 50 per cent from the field in the first quarter, highlighted by nine points off the bench by Simrat Dosanjh but the visitors led by one after 10 minutes.
The second quarter was probably the difference in the game for the Blues as they were just 3-for-12 from the field and scored only nine points, trailing 41-33 at halftime. Ohama, who had just eight points in the first half, started heating up in the third quarter scoring nine points but she was one of just three Blues to get buckets in the third. VIU added to their lead as they were able to get scoring from seven different players.
Ohama's barrage continued in the fourth as she was 4-for-5 from the field and from the free-throw line, helping CapU eat into the VIU lead but not enough to complete the comeback.
On Saturday, Ohama and Emma Cunningham each had 19 points apiece to lead the Blues to victory, knocking off the previously unbeaten Mariners by a 78-65 score.
Tied at 17 after the first quarter, the Blues showed some lockdown defence in the second as they held the Mariners to just nine points on 4-for-21 shooting to take a 35-26 lead into halftime. Ohama and Cunningham each hit from downtown in the second quarter and combined for 12 points in the frame.
Mariners guard Amber Lease led the charge in the second half, scoring 10 of her game-high 22 points in the third quarter but the Blues matched the visitors bucket for bucket and got two huge three-pointers from Alanya Davignon, her first two triples of the season.
Cunningham saved her best for last in a brilliant fourth quarter where she dropped eight points while adding two rebounds and two assists.
Emotions ran high in the fourth quarter as the Blues continued to hold off the Mariners, and went up by as many as 20 points when Kate Mallette made a pair of free throws after battling with Mariners veteran Kayla Gromme.
Next up for the Blues is a pair of home dates on Friday, Jan. 31 and 6 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 1 at 1 p.m. Camosun College will be providing the opposition as they make the trip over to the Mainland from Victoria.