Olivia Krol, Dinos Communications Assistant
CALGARY- The University of Calgary women's basketball team went on an impressive, 29-14 run in the final quarter on Friday night, as they defeated the University of MacEwan Griffins at Jack Simpson Gymnasium, 66-64.
The first quarter was a back-and-forth affair as the Griffins were able to take the lead in the first minutes after opening the scoring with an impressive 3-pt. jump shot. Calgary then responded with five straight, as Anmol Mattu, Lauren Seabrook, and Brianna Ghali each contributed to give the Dinos a 5-3 edge. MacEwan then countered with some aggressive play, and went on a run to finish the quarter 22-10.
The Griffins were once again able to open the game up in the second quarter, as they started the play on a 4-0 run. Michal Assaf was quick to respond though, snatching a jump shot, and Erin McIntosh answered with a layup. Both players gave it their all to give the home team the lead, but despite their efforts, the Dinos headed to the locker room with MacEwan leading 37-22.
The Dinos tried climbing back into the game in the third quarter, as they attempted to decrease their disadvantage, but were ultimately unable to catch up, and the Griffins took the 48-37 lead into the final quarter. For the third though, Calgary noted a 15-13 lead, as McIntosh and Assaf once again ignited quick plays and clutched some much-needed points. Freya Szmidt and Brie Wilcox also contributed significantly, outplaying their counterparts from Edmonton, and recording two points each.
After having found momentum in the third, the Dinos had a quick surge to start the fourth, and the audience was treated to an intense final quarter. Seabrook opened up the scoring with a layup, after which Assaf and Ghali each poured in several. With 2:16 left on the clock, Bobbi Jo Colburn made a 3-pt. jump shot, and, moments later, Assaf added another two points, changing the dynamic of the game, and giving Calgary the lead. Her shot precision in the remaining minutes ultimately gave Calgary the 66-64 win.
For the night, the Dinos enjoyed a small but significant advantage in Field Goals (%), marking a 41.1%, while the Griffins noted 39.4%. MacEwan University had a slight edge in Points Off Turnovers, standing at 27, compared to 21 for the Dinos. Michal Assaf obviously impressed, snatching 24 points for the game, while Erin McIntosh and Lauren Seabrook also stood out, with 16 and 9 points, respectively.
Head Coach Damian Jennings commented that despite the impressive comeback in the fourth, there is some sorting out to do, as the team is still hungry and hunting for a stellar, full-game performance. "We had to make tactical changes to create the opportunity to win, rather than it was our spirit or energy of play. I don't want to take away from the fact that we have potential to come back and claw by whatever we were down, but it's just not good enough."
The Dinos will once again face the Griffins tomorrow night, at 5:00 p.m. The game will air live on CanadaWest.tv.