EDMONTON – A stingy Pandas defence, which allowed just 55 points on 33.3% shooting by the MacEwan Griffins propelled the Alberta women to their seventh straight conference win, as they topped the Griffins 74-55 at City Centre Gym on Thursday night.
Vanessa Wild led the Pandas attack with 17 points while adding a game-high five steals for Alberta. The Pandas finished the night with 19 total steals, as MacEwan committed 30 turnovers in the loss.
The win pushes the Pandas to 11-2 in Canada West play, as they continue to hold the third seed in the conference. MacEwan’s loss drops them to 2-11 in Canada West play.
"I just think we focused on our game plan and tried to stay true to who we can be for most of the game," said Alberta head coach Scott Edwards. "I thought the Griffs came out with an interesting game plan we hadn't really seen before early, but I think we figured it out as the game went along."
Pandas guard Morgan Mudge added 10 points to go along with game-high’s of seven rebounds and 5 assists.
MacKenzie Farmer led MacEwan with 13 points, but made just three of her 10 shots.
Ultimately, the Griffins' strong D of the first half was unable to contain the Pandas, particularly early in the third quarter as the visitors opened up a 25-point lead behind strong ball movement and success both inside and outside.
Game 2 of the home-and-home series is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. at Saville Community Sports Centre.