Slow start?


author: konstantin kharitonov  | sports editor

Only 80? / nathan mccarville

Only 80?

Remember when the women’s basketball team raised some eyebrows the team dropped its first weekend series against Trinity Western in years? Me neither.

The Cougars are not letting injuries define their season at all and are back to their dominant ways after picking up dominating games against the Brandon University Bobcats. This week, the team picked up their third and fourth wins in a row after a solid win against the University of Manitoba Bisons.

The good news started before the winning streak, however, with the news of the Cougars’  best player Kyanna Giles being good to go. Giles originally was injured during the games against Trinity Western, missing both games with an ankle injury, but was given the news that it will not be serious and that she will be good to go against the Bobcats.

Boy, it was not fair for Brandon University. In her return to the court, Giles went 7 for 12 from the field and scored 21 points, with teammates Carolina Gonclaves adding 16 points of her own and Angela Bongomin recording 11 points, with both having double-doubles. The Cougars took a huge 51-28  lead in the first half and finished up the game with an even stronger half, finishing the game at a whopping 103-55 score. The second game fair just as devastating for the Bobcats, as the Cougars cruised to a 90-50 win.

When the Cougars returned home to welcome the Bisons, Giles again proved to not be ailed by her ankle any longer. In the Friday game, the star guard put up a 31-point performance, the highest of her university career, leading the Cougars to a 91-75 win. They followed up that win with a 27-7 run in the third quarter and an 83-60 win. With only 80 points in the victory, is the team starting to show that they are slowing down?

In all seriousness, the Cougars do not seem to be fretting with the injuries to Giles and Kianna Wiens early in the season. They did stumble a bit, being upset by a Trinity Western Spartans team who has since had an impressive run, but are now finding their grove and are ready to contended to for first place in the Canada West.

The upcoming schedule is looking to be nice for the Cougars as well, with teams such as the currently winless UBC Okanagan Heat, Thompson Rivers Wolfpack and MacEwan University Griffins, so it would not be surprising to see the Cougars take over first place in the division.

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