Women’s B-ball: Dinos earn surprising split with Huskies

The University of Calgary Dinos (4-6) snatched a road trip split with the University of Saskatchewan Huskies (8-2) last weekend, trouncing the Dogs 84-81 Sat., Dec. 2, after being bit by the beasts the night before in an 81-69 loss.

The Dinos were dominated in the third quarter of Friday night’s game, surrendering 32 points and only scoring six themselves, en route to the lopsided loss.

Conversely, the Dinos proved to be the tougher team Saturday night, by fending off a Husky attack for the nail-biting 84-81 win. Dinosaur of the game honours went to forward Michelle Wilson, whose 19 points and nine rebounds powered the red machine’s attack all night. In the end, one of the Dino sharpshooters nailed a last minute three-point shot to seal a much needed victory for the Dinos.

“We need[ed] to be tougher than we were [against the University of Alberta],” Dino forward Courtney Coyle stressed in last week’s practice, “We got pushed around a lot [in Edmonton.] We need to do more of the pushing.”

This week it looks as if this team is beginning to follow through on their threats.

This marks the first time Calgary has knocked off a top team this year, and the first time they beat a team with a record above .500. The combined record of Calgary’s opponents in their previous three wins is a dismal 5-17. Beating fifth-ranked Saskatchewan infuses the team with some much needed momentum going into the break.

Calgary will return to the Jack Simpson gym after the break, taking on the hated University of Alberta Pandas Jan. 4-5. Fans should be there in droves to welcome our men and women b-ballers back, as well as to unwelcome our despised guests with the customary harmonic scorn. With a couple of home wins the Dinos can knock Alberta out of first place in the division, and begin the lengthy climb into playoff contention.

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