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WBB | Wesmen heat up and inch closer to clinching post-season

Lena Wenke hit five threes to lead the Wesmen women's basketball team to a win that clinched a playoff spot on Saturday. (David Larkins/Wesmen Athletics file)
Lena Wenke hit five threes to lead the Wesmen women's basketball team to a win that clinched a playoff spot on Saturday. (David Larkins/Wesmen Athletics file)

KELOWNA, B.C. — The Winnipeg Wesmen booked another post-season berth with a hot-shooting night from the three-point line.

Lena Wenke hit 5-for-7 from three for a team-high 17 points and the Wesmen women's basketball team shot 40 per cent from deep to score a 73-55 Canada West conference victory over the UBC-Okanagan Heat Saturday night. 

With the win, the Wesmen improved to 10-6 on the season in sole possession of sixth place in the Canada West, solidifying their spot among the top 12 teams that will compete in the post-season. It is the fourth straight season in the playoffs for Winnipeg and fifth in the past six seasons. 

With four games to play, they will now await the fate of the RPI to know their seeding.

The Wesmen broke Saturday's game open in the second quarter with a 13-1 run that turned a four-point lead into a 28-12 advantage. A Wenke three near the halftime buzzer gave the Wesmen a 24-point lead going into the break.

Robyn Boulanger, Jillian Duncan and Chelsea Espenberg — with a career-high — each had 11 points for Winnipeg. Duncan also had 10 rebounds. 

The 12 threes made were the most by a Wesmen team since an 80-72 win versus Brandon on Jan. 9, 2016 when they hit 14.

It was the fourth time in the past eight games the Wesmen shot at least 40 per cent from three and in that stretch they've shot 39 per cent from the perimeter. 

Jordan Korol's game-high 21 points and 18 rebounds lead the Heat (2-16). Jaeli Ibbetson added 11 and 10.

The Wesmen return home for their final two conference home games of the season Friday and Saturday, which will serve as Senior Night for Wenke. 

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