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Blazers Wrestle Undefeated Rebels to Overtime

wbbLed by Kathleen Klippenstein‘s 14 points and 13 rebounds, the Blazers battled back from  a 17-point deficit to force overtime on Friday night against the undefeated Red River Rebels, in a memorable night of MCAC Women’s Basketball at the Loewen.

The conference-leaders outscored the hosts 21-8 in the opening quarter led by the dynamic duo of Celecia Luckwell and former conference MVP, Brittany Adrian, who led all scorers on the night with 17 points each. Their lead grew to 25-8 before the Blazers began to make a game of it late in the second quarter.

CMU outscored their opponents 16-12 and 16-11 in the third and fourth quarter, as Klippenstein (above) and first-year Beth MacKay (below), who finished with 9 points and 14 boards, led the charge on the glass and the scoresheet. Then, with the lead cut to 5, sharp-shooting Hollie Sutherland drained back-to-back threes to vault the Blazers into the lead.

wbb2The referee’s whistle and subsequent free-throws and foul-outs, factors significantly in the final minutes of the fourth quarter and the overtime period. First, Aivygale Amador hit 2-of-3 from the charity stripe to force overtime in the final seconds. The Blazers lost Hannah Prowse to five fouls in the fourth quarter and Klippenstein in the overtime. The game finished 62-55 in favour of the still undefeated Rebels, who move to 5-0 on the season.

Even in the loss, the self-belief and momentum gained in Friday’s comeback will greatly strengthen the Blazers confidence heading into a busy mid-week schedule. Monday night, CMU hosts Dakota College-Bottineau of the US, National Junior College Conference at 6 pm (men at 8 pm). Then on Thursday, the Blazers will tip-off on home court against Trinity Bible College of the Northern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (women 6 pm, men 8 pm).

 

 

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