Still no luck for Wesmen Men’s basketball team

Basketball teams square off against the University of Lethbridge

Mike James of the U of W Wesmen faces off against a University of Lethbridge player for control of the ball during last weekend’s basketball action at the Duckworth Centre. Scott McLeod Arnould

Friday night, Jan. 29 at the Duckworth Centre the University of Winnipeg Women’s Wesmen Basketball team played a tight game against the University of Lethbridge Horns.

Catie Gooch played a great game, leading the Wesmen with the game high of 22 points after coming back from a two-week medical break. Alex MacIver of the Wesmen played one of her best games, coming just under Gooch with 20 points.

Winnipeg was the victorious team for the Friday Canada West game. A close finish of 72 – 63, with an inverted record; a 9 – 7 for Winnipeg and a 7 – 9 for Alberta.

Saturday night was the best game Winnipeggers had seen from the Wesmen Women’s Basketball team for the entire season. In the first quarter, Winnipeg’s #14, Amy Ogidan, started off the score board with a quick two-pointer, the first of the 27 points she polished off that game. The Wesmen took an early lead but not a far one at 23 – 17.

The second quarter was just as heated. Lethbridge scored eight unanswered baskets. It took the Wesmen a little over three minutes for Catie Gooch to finally step up and take the foul shot to a earn two baskets for two points.

They brought back the heat, as Ogidan laid up the Wesmen to a 30 – 27 lead. With 10 seconds left in the second quarter the Wesmen still had a small lead, 32 – 31.

Horns started the third quarter baskets by Hannah Blanchette and Kenzie Sheen. Lethbridge took the lead of the third quarter with a five-point lead, 50 – 45.

Fourth quarter, the Wesmen lost momentum and fell behind 10 points. The 10-point curse happened a lot in this quarter by both teams. The Wesmen out-shot the Horns 21 – 16.

Winnipeg nearly won by one point, but the Horns scored a foul shot and had missed one basket leaving the game at a 66 point stand-off and taking the Wesmen to overtime.

Two minutes of the first overtime went without basket. Both teams took it to a second overtime with a 72 all score.

The Wesmen took a leaping lead over the Horns early in the second overtime, finishing this amazing game 85 – 77 for Winnipeg, bringing the Wesmen Women to a 10 – 7 record.

Friday and Saturday games for the Wesmen Men’s team didn’t go as well. The Wesmen Men’s Basketball team also played against the Lethbridge Horns.

The Wesmen lost both games, Friday 87 – 58 and Saturday 70 – 52. The men have not won any games during their regular season.

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