EDMONTON – Scoring 50 points and outrebounding the opposition 33-10 in the first half, the University of Alberta Pandas overwhelmed the MacEwan University Griffins en route to an 85-46 decision, Saturday night at Saville Community Sports Centre.
Team captain Megan Tywoniuk led the way with 12 points in the first 20 minutes, earning one more bucket in the second half to finish with a team-high 14 points in another “scoring by committee” effort by Alberta, rookie forward Claire Signatovich the only other Panda player to break the double-digit barrier.
Third-year forward MacKenzie Farmer netted a team-high 11 points for the Griffins while fourth-year guard Drew Knox added 10 points and four rebounds.
Alberta improves to 12-2 on the season with six games left to play, currently sitting third in the Canada West standings. MacEwan drops to 2-12.
The Pandas burst out of the gate in the opening frame, sophomore guard Morgan Mudge scoring five of the home team’s first seven points, Alberta pushing the lead up to 17-0 before Farmer scored the first MacEwan basket 5:34 into the game.
Aside from adding three successful shots from the charity stripe by team captain Shannon Majeau, the Griffins couldn’t get another bucket in the opening quarter, shooting at only 7.7% from the field.
Alberta, on the other hand, shot at nearly 48% from the field, improving to over 51% by halftime while scoring 25 points in each quarter.
Up 50-14 entering the third quarter, the Pandas played with a little less urgency, leading to both teams putting in short runs and a fairly balanced quarter, even though Alberta still managed to improve their lead, bit by bit.
Fortunately for the Griffins, they improved on their first-half struggles with a more concerted effort in the second half, shooting at 48% from the field and 43% inside the paint. The home team kept shooting above 50%, however, closing out the game with 22 points from the bench in the final 20 minutes.
Alberta heads to Langley, B.C. next weekend to face off against the Trinity Western Spartans while the MacEwan Griffins head back across the North Saskatchewan River to host the UBC Thunderbirds.