Young Griffins continue trial by fire against U SPORTS No. 2 Saskatchewan

Samantha Hickey tries to make something happen against a tough Saskatchewan defence on Saturday (Electric Umbrella)
Samantha Hickey tries to make something happen against a tough Saskatchewan defence on Saturday (Electric Umbrella)

Jefferson Hagen
MacEwan Athletics

SASKATOON, Sask. – After a tough loss the night before to Saskatchewan, MacEwan went into Saturday's rematch without their top two players.

Both Noelle Kilbreath and Toni Gordon were out with injuries, so the lineup became even younger. 

Saskatchewan posted another dominant performance, beating the young, short-handed Griffins 84-33 to complete the weekend sweep after winning 91-27 on Friday.

"We planned to use the weekend and today as a measuring stick and I think we were certainly better today than we were yesterday," said Griffins head coach Katherine Adams. "We were without Noelle and Toni today, so it was an opportunity for lots of minutes for a young roster and an opportunity for lots of minutes against a really good team. 

"From start to end, I think we got better as the game progressed."

Still not enough to challenge the Huskies, who are ranked second in the country, but that's what happens when you commit 34 turnovers (Saturday) and 74 total in the weekend series.

"You're not going to find yourself in many games if you're turning the ball over 34 times a game," said Adams. "It's something we got better at from the first half to the second half. It's something we'll continue to look at moving forward."

With the result, the Griffins fall to 0-4, while the Huskies improve to 4-0.

If there was a bright spot for MacEwan, it was the play of rookie Unity Obasuyi, who led the team with 10 points and five rebounds in 28 minutes of action.

"I felt like Unity really found her stride today, just adjusting to the speed of the game and level of competition," said Adams. "She got comfortable doing the things we know she's capable and what we see her do so well in our training environment. She was able to showcase that today in competition against a very good team, so that's a bright spot and exciting for us moving forward."

MacEwan is back on the road next weekend, travelling to Prince George, B.C. for matches against UNBC Nov. 17-18.

"We're looking forward to taking the lessons from this weekend and looking to apply them next weekend against UNBC," said Adams.