Is this team for real?

Halfway through last Friday’s women’s basketball game between the Dinos and the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns, a U of L supporter approached a Dinos fan in the concession lineup and asked “is this team for real?”

The answer was, and is, yes.

The Dinos ran their record to a division-leading 10-4, winning 88-74 and 80-64 in Lethbridge.

If the fans were scratching their heads at halftime on Friday, when the Dinos held a 49-46 lead (yes, they can score like that in women’s basketball), they needed to rethink their perceptions of sports, and perhaps life in general, by the end of the game. After allowing the hosts to shoot 60 per cent in the first half of the weekend opener, the Dinos turned on their defence and held the ‘Horns to 24 per cent in the second half. All this as five Dinos scored in double figures, led by rookie Lindsay Maundrell’s 19 points.

The Dinos dominated at both ends on Saturday, putting together a 49-34 lead at the half and not looking back. Tanya Hautala led the way with 17 points, while Jessica Foltinek came close to a double double with nine points and nine rebounds.

Head Coach Shawnee Harle continues to be impressed with her team as the season goes on.

“We’re getting better every weekend,” she said. “At times this weekend our offence clicked the best I’ve seen this year.”

While this was one of the Dinos’ strongest offensive efforts of the year, Harle was impressed with the defence on Saturday.

“Defence was our focus,” she stated. “We wanted to play consistent defence in both halves. We did a much better job on Saturday.”

With five players scoring in double digits on Friday, and three completing the feat on Saturday, the Dinos’ balanced offence is one of their best weapons.

“We’re finding a lot of ways to score with a lot of different people,” Harle pointed out.

The Dinos host the University of Regina Cougars this weekend and Calgary will have their work cut out for them against the fifth-ranked team in the country and the nation’s leading scorer in Cymone Bouchard.

Fans are sure to be treated to some of the best basketball of the season this weekend with two offensive powerhouses on the floor.

“Our goal is to continue taking one more step to becoming a championship basketball team. Defence will decide our fate because I know we’re going to score points.”

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