Calgary – Scoring at least 20 points in all four quarters, the University of Calgary Dinos women's basketball team powered their way to a 92-40 victory against the UBC Okanagan Heat on Shoot for the Cure night at the Jack Simpson Gym.
Down 44-22 at half-time, the hole was too big for the Heat to climb out of it in the second half. An impressive shooting night for the Dinos, and some impressive scoring from their bench, had the home side with the advantage through the whole of the game.
The opening quarter started slow, with neither team able to get their first basket for nearly the first two minutes. At the halfway point the Heat were down three, at 8-5, but back-to-back threes with under two minutes left put the Dinos up 20-13. A pair of free throws in the final seconds saw Calgary finish the frame's scoring and take a 24-15 lead into the second.
The Dinos' defenders held the Heat to just seven points in the second quarter, as the home side's shooters put up 20 in the frame. The Heat's long-range shot was off, as they finished the first 20 minutes of play going 0-7 from beyond the arc, while the Dinos were making an impressive 41.7% from the floor going into half-time. Better shooters all around through the first two quarters, Calgary took a 22-point lead into the break.
The Heat were held to even fewer points in the third, as the quarter saw them able to net just six points while the Dinos had their highest-scoring quarter with 26. Calgary had a run through the middle of the quarter that saw them scoring 19 unanswered points between 9:20 and 3:04. At the buzzer to end the third the home side was up 70-28.
Through the first two minutes of the fourth quarter there were no points scored, and the Dinos extended their lead to 75-28 before the Heat got on the board with an Emma Johnson jumper at 6:49. The Heat were unable to make much headway from then on, as the Dinos' lead was secure. UBCO's second half had them shooting just 8.3% from three-point range, as they were unable to find their stroke. Their field goal percentage for the third and fourth quarters combined was 17.9%.
The Dinos had five players finish scoring in double-digits. Brianna Ghali had a game-high 16 points, followed by Jenna Spruyt (14), Shannon Hatch (12), Liene Stalidzane (11), and Bobbi-Jo Colburn (10).
Spruyt also led the team in rebounding, rounding out her double-double with 12 boards. Ghali also had a double-double, with 11 rebounds. Hilary Annich had a team-high four assists, and Stalidzane and Erin McIntosh each had three steals.
By the Numbers:
The Dinos were the better shooters from all areas Saturday night. They finished ahead in percentages from the floor (42.7% - 23.3%), three-point range (20.8% - 5.3%), and from the free-throw line (68% - 42.3%).
Rebounds were 62-42 for Calgary, and they finished ahead in assists (13-9), steals (15-4), and blocks (4-2).
With the win, Calgary now holds an 11-5 record, while the Heat remain winless in Canada West play at 0-16.
The UBC Okanagan Heat (0-16) will host the UBC Thunderbirds (8-8) next weekend, with Shoot for the Cure night on Friday, January 26 and KidSport Night on Saturday, January 27.
The University of Calgary Dinos (11-5) will play the Lethbridge Pronghorns (10-6) in a home-and-home series next weekend. They'll play in Lethbridge on Thursday, January 25 and in Calgary on Saturday, January 27.
~ Grayson B. Leahy, Heat Sports Information; with notes from Justin Mackenzie, Dinos Communications