SASKATOON –The No. 6 ranked University of Saskatchewan Huskies got back in the win column Saturday night on Ron & Jane Centre Court at the PAC, taking down the Trinity Western University Spartans 82-64.
The Huskie defence closed its clamps in the second half as Saskatchewan avenged the one-point, 69-68, loss suffered a night earlier. The Huskies have not been swept since November 11-12, 2016.
The win improves Saskatchewan to 14-2, while the Spartans drop to 12-4.
Third-year guard Sabine Dukate led the Huskies with 21 points, five rebounds and four assists. Second-year Summer Masikewich was a force at centre for the Huskies, recording 19 points and six rebounds.
For the Spartans, fourth-year Tessa Ratzlaff (Abbotsford, B.C.) tied Dukates' point total with 21, while adding eight rebounds and two assists. Fifth-year Kayla Gordon (Prince George, B.C.) had 16 points, two rebounds and an assist. With her performance, Gordon tied Spartan alum Holly Strom for TWU's all-time career points record, at 1,112. Gordon's next point will make her TWU's all-time points leader.
The Spartans only led once after Ratzlaff recorded the opening bucket in the first half. Saskatchewan had a 20-16 lead after the first and a 41-37 lead at halftime.
In the second half, the Huskie defence caused seven Spartans turnovers and Saskatchewan had the 62-50 lead after third quarters.
Trinity Western shot 42 per cent on 60 attempts from the field, while the Huskies shot 40 per cent on 63 attempts. The Huskies also controlled the glass on both ends with 40 rebounds to the Spartans 26.
TWU Head Coach Cheryl Jean-Paul
""We knew that tonight was going to be a battle and we weren't disappointed. We've been talking all week about Saskatchewan being able to point out our gaps and that is what we saw today. Taking advantage of a few slower defensive rotations, giving up a few too many big shots and free throws without being able to punch back offensively really caught us in the end.
"But to be able to leave with a split is not something we are taking lightly. It's a big step forward for us and we still have room to grow, so we will keep getting after it and getting better one practice at a time."
• TWU's Strom graduated as the Spartans all-time leading scorer in 2014. Gordon was in her first year when Strom was in her fifth year.
• Ratzlaff continues to sit fifth in Canada West with 17.4 points per game.
• Friday night's win was TWU's first-ever victory over the Huskies in Saskatoon.
The Spartans are back at home Jan. 26-27 when they host Thompson Rivers.