St. Mary's University Women's Basketball team quest for a playoff spot comes through their rivals the SAIT Polytechnic Trojans. A match that looks like a mismatch but with the Trojans playing shorthanded due to injuries they made it difficult for the Lightning. It is with the strong contribution from Emily Wagner (9 points) in the quarter propelled the team to an 9 point advantage after 1st quarter. Trojans playing without Melissa Wooley, their scoring came from Melanie Thera and Anesor Wol with 4 points each.
With the Trojans relaying on 6 of their 8 players in scoring. They held the Lightning in the second quarter with 15-14. Lead was 10 but it was looking like the momentum was to change for the start of second half. Maddy Douglas had 7 points while the Lightning's Wagner had 5 and Danya Osterling came off the bench to contribute 4 of her 16 points.
Thrid quarter was won by the Trojans (18-15) but the Lightning found some additional scoring with Kennedy Burgess picking up 5 points. Wagner had continue her scoring pace. however the SAIT were not going away despite be down by 7 going into the fourth.
2nd half is typically St. Mary's strongest scoring. Fourth quarter is where finally the pressure of SAIT playing 8 compared to a strong 9 for the Lightning. Constant full and half court pressure caused turnovers resulting in an explosion of points. The Lightning had scored 26 points, lead by the trio of Wagner ( 4 points), Joy Victor (12 points) and Osterling (6 points). SAIT 15 points came from Melaine Thera (6 points) and Skyler MacDonald (4 points).
Final score St. Mary's University (12-6) 80 SAIT Polytechnic (4-13) 61
ACAC Player's of the Game Skylar MacDonald (SAIT) and Danya Osterling (StMU)
St. Mary's University enjoys a bye next week, while SAIT takes on the Ambrose University on February 8th