Kamran Dadi, Dinos Communications Assistant
CALGARY – Fresh off of a fourth quarter breakdown in Thursday's game against the Alberta Pandas, the Dinos found themselves in a similar predicament tonight. The Dinos avoided a late resurgence by their rivals to come away with a close 60-57 win. The Dinos improve to 7-3 while the Pandas drop to 11-1 in their first loss of the season.
After a close first quarter, the Dinos began to establish a 10-point lead in the second quarter. The Dinos more or less sustained this lead until the fourth quarter. Turnovers, fouls, and missed rebounds by the Dinos, however, gave the Pandas opportunities to make good on key plays to try and reclaim the game. The Dinos fought to contain the offensive outpouring and the Pandas were kept at bay.
Michal Assaf was a spark off of the bench for the Dinos as she scored a game high 19 points on to support Bobbi Jo Colburn, Brianna Ghali, and Lauren Seabrook in leading the offensive charge. As a team, the Dinos found success in the paint tonight as they scored 26 points and made 13-16 free throws for a strong 81.3 FT% upon getting fouled. The Dinos also had 10 offensive rebounds, 31 defensive rebounds, 23 bench points, and 12 assists.
Head coach Damian Jennings attributed his team's success to focusing on three areas: (1) containment; (2) adjustment at the defensive end; and (3) adjustment at the offensive end. "You could see an active commitment to those adjustments and I thought that we just contained five versus five a lot better" he said.
Speaking on his experience of the fourth quarter, he said "You get tight on moments because obviously the game comes down to a single human error, a foul, a turnover, a three that goes in, a three that doesn't go in…we walk away with a slighter greater smile than perhaps U of A but they did it Thursday to us. In fairness to them, they are a talented physical group that just shot the ball well at the end and earned it [but] I think our guys stood their ground very well."
The Dinos are scheduled to face the University of Fraser Valley Cascades on Jan. 12 and 13 in the Jack Simpson Gym.