Eoin Colquhoun, Pronghorn Athletics
Lethbridge – Coming out of the semester break, the Lethbridge Pronghorn women's basketball team kicked off 2017 in style, using big first and third quarters to drop the UNBC Timberwolves 89-70.
The win snaps a six-game losing streak for the Pronghorns and improves their record to 3-8 on the season. The loss ended the Timberwolves mini two game winning streak after sweeping Thompson Rivers in the last games of 2016 and hold an identical 3-8 record.
Fourth-year guard Zoe Dahl led the 'Horns and all scorers with 24 points on an efficient 10-18 shooting night. Dahl also picked up six assists and five rebounds. Forward Jessica Bachynski continues her strong play in her first season with the Pronghorns, picking up her third double-double of the season with 11 points and 12 rebounds.
For the Timberwolves Maria Mongomo scored a team high 22 points, while Vasiliki Louka had a double-double of her own with 16 points and 11 boards.
While the Timberwolves scored the first five points of the game and held an early 10-5 lead, the 'Horns caught fire going on a 10-0 run and finished the quarter with a 29-17 lead. In the opening 10 minutes, the 'Horns were a scorching 61% from the field, while UNBC was 6 for 17 for 35%.
In the second, with the Pronghorns' shooting cooling off, the Timberwolves were able to claw themselves back into the game, cutting the deficit back to only six heading into the break (42-36), after closing the half with the final five points.
Compared to their spectacular shooting opening quarter, the 'Horns percentage was only 27.8% in the second. The Timberwolves also struggled in the second quarter, shooting only 26.7% but were able to get to the free throw line 13 times in the quarter, making nine free throws. The 'Horns only attempted three free throws.
Out the break, the 'Horns found their shooting rhythm from the opening quarter, scoring the first 11 points and exploding for 27 in the quarter. The 'Horns defense also upped their game, holding UNBC to 13 points and a 69-49 lead.
In the fourth, the Timberwolves never threatened the 'Horns lead, trading baskets throughout the final quarter and the Pronghorns cruised to their third win of the season.
On the night, the 'Horns hit on 50.8% of their shots compared to the Timberwolves 28.6%. The Pronghorns also dominated the glass, outrebounding the visitors 49-35.
The 'Horns and Timberwolves will cap their weekend series tomorrow night, tip-off is scheduled for 5:00pm and the game will be streamed live on www.canadawest.tv.