Women’s Basketball News

Second-team All-Canadian Gage Grassick had a game-high 19 points and added a remarkable seven steals to help lead the top-seeded Saskatchewan Huskies in a 85-54 rout over the #8 Calgary Dinos Thursday evening at the Saville Centre.

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Saskatchewan impressed on the offensive end, shooting 47.1% from the field and scoring 52 points in the paint, but they really dominated on the defensive end holding the second-ranked offence in the nation to just 54 points on 39.5% shooting. They generated 32 turnovers (to Calgary’s 17) and won the rebounding battle 42-31 in what was a very strong start to the tournament for the nation’s top-ranked squad.

“I was really proud of our defence, the first half was just a stifling effort from us. They weren’t able to get going, and we were able to get some easy layups off some steals,” said Huskies head coach, and 2024 U SPORTS Coach of the Year Lisa Thomaidis.

Myriam Kone was the leading scorer for the Dinos with 15 points and added six rebounds and three steals in the losing effort. 

The Huskies got off to a strong start behind a stout defensive effort that generated 12 turnovers in the opening quarter. They led 19-9 after one, with the Huskies Tea DeMong scoring a quarter-high 6 points while teammate Andrea Dodig impressed with three steals and rebounds apiece. They went on an 11-1 run to finish out the opener.

In the second, Saskatchewan built on their already strong lead, holding Calgary to seven and a half scoreless minutes while impressing on the offensive end to go on a remarkable 28-1 cumulative run between the two quarters. The Huskies led in nearly every major statistical category at the break, with Gage Grassic leading all scorers with 11 points on the way to a 41-16 lead.

“Gage has been a difference maker for us. She has stepped up all season long. She really is the engine that drives our team, and you could see that tonight,” continued Thomaidis.

Calgary regained their composure in a strong third quarter in which they outscored the Huskies 24-17 on 50% shooting from the floor. They were paced by Mya Proctor and Myriam Kone who scored nine and seven, respectively, as the offence began to breathe back to life.

However, it would be for naught as the Huskies dominated in the paint in the final frame, scoring 12 points on just eight shots from inside the three-point line enroute to the 31-point victory.

The Dinos will face the loser of the #4 Laval vs. #5 Alberta QF4 matchup tomorrow at 7PM MST, while the Huskies will face the winner at 6PM MST on Saturday.