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WBB | Wesmen fall short in Canada West final

Winnipeg's Keylyn Filewich drives to the hoop against Saskatchewan's Summer Masikewich during Canada West conference championship game action, Saturday, March 19, 2022 in Saskatoon, Sask. (GetMyPhoto.ca)
Winnipeg's Keylyn Filewich drives to the hoop against Saskatchewan's Summer Masikewich during Canada West conference championship game action, Saturday, March 19, 2022 in Saskatoon, Sask. (GetMyPhoto.ca)

SASKATOON — A couple of cold stretches at key times proved the undoing of the Winnipeg Wesmen in the Canada West conference final on Saturday.

The Wesmen were held without a field goal for a span of 2:28 midway through the fourth quarter and the Saskatchewan Huskies scored nine straight points to break the game open en route to a 68-59 win in the conference's women's basketball championship. 

The Wesmen were seeking their first Canada West championship since joining the league in 1999. 

While the result was not what the visitors wanted, the Wesmen are nevertheless still alive to contend for a national championship after qualifying for the eight-team event with a semifinal win over Regina on Friday. 

In the championship, however, the Wesmen went cold at critical moments such as a seven-point second quarter that came after they had started strong with a 19-10 lead after 10 minutes. 

Add to the challenge of beating one of the nation's top teams inside their own raucous gymnasium was the fact the Wesmen were plagued by foul trouble through most of the fourth. Faith Hezekiah and Kyanna Giles both eventually fouled out, and Keylyn Filewich also had to play most of the fourth with four fouls. 

Hezekiah would finish with a team-high 19 points, Giles had 17 — 14 coming after halftime — and Filewich 12 with 12 rebounds. 

The Wesmen were held to 39 per cent shooting and were just three of 18 from three. The Huskies, meanwhile, shot 43.1 per cent and were held to 4 of 20 from three. 

Carly Ahlstrom had 22 points and 12 rebounds to pace the Huskies, who won the Canada West banner for the fifth time in the past six seasons. 

Freshman Tea DeMong had 15 points on 7-for-7 shooting. Summer Masikewich added 11 and Libby Epoch 10. 

The Huskies outrebounded Winnipeg 42-30 including 13-8 on the offensive end.