University of Winnipeg Athletics
WINNIPEG - Fourth year guard Antoinette Miller poured in a game high 27 points to lead the University of Winnipeg Wesmen to a 62-58 victory over the #2 ranked University of Regina Cougars in a key Canada West Women's Basketball conference matchup Saturday night in Winnipeg.
Aside from her 27 points, Miller also hauled in 10 rebounds and was stellar on the defensive side of the ball finishing with five steals.
The victory improves Winnipeg's record to 16-2, first place in the Canada West Conference standings. Regina with the loss drops to 15-3.
Faith Hezekiah had a solid game for the Wesmen finishing with 16 points and eight rebounds. Lena Wenke added 10 points.
Christina McCusker led the Cougars with 20 points. Kyanna Giles finished with a double-double 14 points and 11 rebounds.
Unlike yesterday's offensive explosion in the first quarter, both teams started slowly with the Cougars leading 18-11 after the opening frame. In Friday's opening quarter Regina led 30-22.
In the second quarter Winnipeg made their move on both sides of the ball. Winnipeg opened the quarter on a 13-0 run, highlighted by eight points by Wenke. The Wesmen defense made their mark keeping the Cougars off the scoreboard until Kyana Giles scored on a jumper 5:45 into the frame to cut the Wesmen lead to 24-20. The teams went into the halftime break tied at 30-30.
A low scoring third quarter was highlighted by a 7-0 run by the Cougars, who outscored the Wesmen 12-10 to take a 42-40 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
In the fourth quarter Miller put the team on her back scoring 13 points in the frame as the Wesmen outscored the Cougars 22-16 to close out the 62-58 victory. Winnipeg connected on 56% from the field in the fourth quarter while holding the Cougars to a paltry 33%.
Winnipeg will close out their regular season schedule on the road next Friday and Saturday against the Victoria Vikes. Regina will close out their regular season schedule at home against Thompson Rivers.