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Basketball News Update
Last week, the Providence women’s basketball team grinded out two games against the Canadian Mennonite Blazers both at CMU and again on their home turf. On Wednesday, February 8th, despite playing without injured post, Elissa Dykstra (Winnipeg, MB) and Des Friesen (Steinbach, MB), Providence stayed close with CMU with a score of 29-30 at the half. In a discouraging third quarter, the Lady Freemen got the shots they wanted but struggled to hit them which led to a 20 point deficit as CMU found success with their shooting. In the fourth quarter, Providence pushed with a mighty comeback to bring the score within 2 points in the last 8 seconds of the game. With a steal and a good scoring look, Providence fell short of sending the game to overtime (68-66).
Top stat getters: Kristi Larson (Gardner, ND) with 20 points, 5 rebounds, 6 steals; Christine Parker with 14 points, 13 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 steals; and Elena Rempel with 13 points, 9 rebounds, 4 steals.
Meeting for a second time, Providence and CMU brought their defensive games on Friday night, February 10th. The Prov home crowd supplied an exciting atmosphere as Providence started off hot, hitting their shots and making steals to go up by 8 at the half. Applying pressure, CMU forced providence into several turnovers and Providence could not break the Blazer’s 5 point lead. At the buzzer, Providence lost 46-41.
Top stat getters: Breanne Mahara (Fannystelle, MB) with 9 points, 4 rebounds; Parker with 8 points, 4 rebounds; and Larson with 6 points, 14 rebounds, 5 assists, 5 steals.
On Wednesday evening, the Providence men’s basketball team was struck down by the fierce shooting hands of the Canadian Mennonite Blazers (69-91). On Friday, Providence stepped up defensively and held CMU to 67 points, but were unable to close the gap to ensure a win on their end. The final score was 67-57 for the Blazers.
Coming off an ankle injury, starting point guard Matt Antonio (Winnipeg, MB) rejoined the team and soccer star Norvin Campos (San Salvador, ES) was a contributing player who put in tough defensive minutes and scored his first basket of the season.
Wednesday’s top stat getters: Johnathan Thompson (Nassau, Bahamas) with 23 points, 7 rebounds; Chris Funk (Steinbach, MB) with 21 points, 10 rebounds; and Mumba Mulenga (Kentville, NS) with 8 points, 4 rebounds.
Friday’s top stat getters: Thompson with 20 points, 9 rebounds, 2 steals; and Funk with 13 rebounds, 3 steals, 3 assists.
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