Zachary Worden, Cougar Athletics
CALGARY, Alta – The Mount Royal University Cougars and University of Calgary Dinos tipped-off the final game of the regular season Friday night at Kenyon Court.
The Dinos took the first half of the home-and-home series Thursday night on their home floor, coming away with a 107-54 victory.
The Dinos were able to take the second game of the series, coming away with a 79-52 over their crosstown rivals.
The Dinos were led by Erin McIntosh who totalled 22 points, nine rebounds and four steals, making her presence felt on both sides of the floor. Liene Stalidzane added 20 points of her own to the Dino efforts on the night.
Both teams were able to find early success on the offensive end by getting looks on the inside. The Dinos were able to score the first five points of the game, but the Cougars stayed aggressive and battled until they took the lead with two and a half minutes remaining, forcing a Dino timeout.
Nash picked up where she left off from the night before, leading the Cougar offense with six points in the first quarter. Mount Royal held a one-point lead once the first 10 minutes had expired.
The tight battle continued into the second as the two teams traded baskets, looking to take and grow a lead.
The Dinos were able to break through and go on an 8-0 run to end the quarter and take a 32-23 lead into halftime.
Both teams found success in the same ways, crashing the offensive glass and taking advantage of turnovers. They combined for 13 offensive rebounds and 24 points scored off turnovers in the first half.
McIntosh had a big first half for the Dinos scoring eight points, grabbing six rebounds and getting two steals.
The Cougars main contributors on the offensive end were Nash, Gillette and Marnie Garner who combined for 15 of their 23 first-half points.
After the Dinos came out of the halftime and grew their lead, Mount Royal responded with a 6-0 run to cut the deficit to single digits. Their run was capped off by a beautiful offensive set resulting in a corner three from Garner.
Despite the Cougars energy to keep it close, the Dinos were able to keep them at arm's reach from the lead.
The Dinos pressure started to give the Cougars troubles getting into their offense and helped the visitors take a 14-point lead into the final quarter.
The Dinos were able to start knocking down threes in the fourth, shooting 57%, allowing them to extend their lead to 21 with just over five minutes remaining.
When all was said and done the Dinos took the win and will look to continue their winning ways in the playoffs.
The Dinos win gives them 15 for the season and they will be scoreboard watching to see how Trinity Western and Victoria fare this weekend to determine their playoff position.