Written by: Kellen Taniguchi
Winnipeg, MB – The University of Manitoba Bisons women's basketball team fell to the Mount Royal University Cougars by a score of 79-69 at the Investors Group Athletic Centre on Saturday, February 11.
With the loss the Bisons finish the season with a 4-16 record, while the Cougars win snaps their six game losing streak, and improve to 4-16 to finish their season on a high note.
"I thought the girls responded really well" said Bisons head coach Michele Sung. "We came together as a team, and we just couldn't hit shots."
Rebecca Potter is the lone graduating player for the Bisons, and was honoured post-game for her five year tenure with the Bisons.
"I can't say enough about her" Sung said. "She's been a cornerstone for helping me build a program, and she works really hard every day. I'm really excited to see what she does moving forward, but also to see how her legacy lives on."
Mount Royal was led by Michelle Tiffany's 20 points, and Angela Driscoll's and Becky Nash's double-doubles. Manitoba was led by Taylor Randall's 24 points and Rebecca Potter's double-double of 14 points and 13 rebounds.
The visitors grabbed an early 5-3 lead, but the Bisons put together an 11-0 run to take a 14-5 lead. Taylor Randall led the home side's big run with six of her seven first quarter points coming within that span. Mount Royals eight turnovers, and 23.1 per cent shooting in the opening frame, gave Manitoba the opportunity to build a 24-10 lead entering the second quarter.
Mount Royal came out hungry in the second, shooting a much improved 50 per cent from the field. The beginning of the quarter was competitive, until the Cougars strung together 11 consecutive points to cut the Bison lead to just 31-29. The remainder of the half was competitive, with the visitors tying the game at 34 entering halftime. Manitoba low 13.3 per cent shooting from the field, and Angela Driscoll's eight second quarter points opened the door for the Mount Royal comeback.
The visitors pulled away from the Herd in the third quarter, building a lead as a big as 10 points. The Cougars defense came up big again, holding the Bisons to just 19 per cent from the field; Mount Royal countered with 40.9 per cent shooting in the frame. Erin Kehrig netted eight point for the visitors in the third, helping them take a 55-45 lead into the final quarter of play.
The Cougars were able to connect on seven straight points, increasing their lead to a game-high of 16 points. The home team answered back with a 10-0 run to cut the deficit to just six points with just over two minutes to play. The Closest the Bisons would get was within five points, before Mount Royal walked off with a 79-69 victory. Despite a comeback effort, the Cougars shot over 50 per cent from the field, which never allowed the Bisons to make a comeback.
Both teams will miss the post-season, and have finished their 2016-17 Canada West conference season.
MAN: Taylor Randall (24)
MRU: Michelle Tiffany (20)
MAN: Taylor Randall (4)
MRU: Angela Driscoll (4)
MAN: Rebecca Potter (13)
MRU: Becky Nash (11)