FREDERICTON – The second seeded University of Saskatchewan Huskies will return to the CIS Women's Basketball Final 8 semifinal after a 73-62 win over the seventh seeded University of Ottawa Gee-Gees Thursday afternoon at the Richard J. Currie Center at the University of New Brunswick.
Dalyce Emmerson recorded yet another post-season double-double of 25 points and 17 rebounds. Emmerson went 7-for-9 from the free throw line in the fourth to help Saskatchewan seal the victory. Emmerons's double-double was her third since the Huskies started post-season play.
"We have a lot of experience on our team this year, lots of us have been to national championships," said Emmerson, a fifth-year Huskie. "We just had to settle in on defence. Once we made some adjustments down there we were able to pull away on the offensive end."
All five Huskie starters hit double-digit scoring figures in the quarter-final matchup. Desarae Hogberg scored 14 points with Sabine Dukate and Kelsey Trulsrud finishing with 11. Dukate added a game-high six assists in the win. Battling foul trouble, Laura Dally still managed to score 10 points and grab six rebounds.
Kellie Ring led the way for Ottawa with 19 points and eight rebounds in the game.
Saskatchewan finished the afternoon 42.6 percent from the field with Ottawa hitting on just 32.9 percent of its shots.
The Huskies will now face the Saint Mary's University Huskies in the CIS Final 8 semifinal Saturday morning 12 p.m. in Fredericton, 9 a.m. Saskatchewan time. The game will be live on SportsNet One or CIS-SIC.tv. Saint Mary's knocked off the Alberta Pandas 53-52 in the second quarter-final.
The start couldn't have been any better for the Canada West champions as they opened the game with a 10-2 run. The Gee-Gees wouldn't let the Huskies run away with it though, as they closed the quarter with a 14-2 spurt to lead 16-12 after one.
With leading scorer and conference MVP Laura Dally on the bench with three fouls the Huskies looked for somebody to step up in the second. Fifth-year guard Kelsey Trulsrud nailed a three to open the quarter as Saskatchewan looked to take back momentum. The Huskies started to get the ball inside to Emmerson and were able to take a seven point lead in the opening minutes of the frame. Emmerson would finish the half with a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds as Saskatchewan took a 32-28 lead to the locker room.
The Huskies had a clear advantage in the paint as they outrebounded Ottawa 42-27 in the game while getting to the free throw line 38 times. Saskatchewan shot 36 percent in the opening 20 minutes, while Ottawa finished up the half shooting 28.2 percent.
Saskatchewan began to extend the lead in the third quarter, growing the advantage to 10 in the first 90 seconds. Just as they did in the first, a resilient Ottawa squad continued to work away at the gap, and managed to take a 49-48 lead to the fourth quarter.
In the fourth, the experience of the Huskies shone through as they took the lead back in the opening minute. Emmerson scored nine of her game-high 25 points in the fourth quarter as Saskatchewan outscored the Gee-Gees 25-13.