Robb Engen, Pronghorn Athletics
Lethbridge - The Lethbridge Pronghorns looked to even the weekend series against the Saskatchewan Huskies Saturday night but much like the opening game the defending national champions opened up a big first quarter lead and cruised to an 88-53 win over the hometown 'Horns.
With their fifth straight win the Huskies improve to 8-4 in Canada West play, while the Pronghorns drop their second consecutive game and fall to 4-10 on the year.
For the Huskies, Latvian international Sabine Dukate led all scorers with 31 points on 12 of 18 shooting, including five from behind the arc. Megan Lindquist and Summer Masikewich chipped in with 16 apiece on another solid shooting performance for the Huskies, who shot 51.7% from the field and hit 10 of 19 from downtown. Saskatchewan outrebounded the Pronghorns 37-26.
Zoe Dahl once again led the Pronghorn in scoring with 11 points while teammate Jessica Bachynski was the only other 'Horn to reach double digits with 10 points on 4 of 5 shooting. The 'Horns struggled from the field Saturday, hitting just 18 for 58 (31%) of their shots, while also giving the ball away 22 times on the night which led to 24 points off turnovers for the visitors.
The game started out even as the home side tried to avoid a repeat of Friday night's first quarter that saw the Huskies take a 30-13 lead and never look back. Dahl got the Pronghorns on track early by drilling a three-pointer on the first possession. The 'Horns led by one until the three-minute mark of the opening frame when Masikewich knocked down a pair of jumpers that sparked a 22-6 run to close out the quarter. The Huskies led 29-14 after one.
Dukate was unconscious in the first half scoring 21 points on 8 for 11 shooting to lead the Huskies. Meanwhile Dahl tried to keep pace with all 11 of her points coming in the first half to lead the Pronghorn offence. The 'Horns trailed 53-32 at the break.
Saskatchewan shot a scorching 60-6% compared to the 'Horns 42.9% from the field in the first half that saw three Huskies reach double digits.
The 'Horns came out ice cold in the second half and only managed to score 11 points in the third quarter as they tried to close the gap by launching shots from behind the arc. Unfortunately, they were only able to hit on 2 of 10 from downtown while the Huskies continued to shoot well and opened up a 34-point lead.
That's all the Huskies would need to bury the 'Horns as their subs entered midway through the fourth quarter and the visitors sailed to a 35-point win.
The Pronghorns head out onto the road next weekend taking on the Victoria Vikes on the west coast, while the Huskies come back to Alberta to take on the Calgary Dinos.