After taking on some college teams early in the year, the Lady Vees welcomed the change of pace as they took on three universities from Canada West. The young Lady Vees team went 2-1 on the trip and showed many signs of optimism to take into the upcoming season.
On Oct. 19, the girls took on the Calgary Dinos, a team that finished 14-6 last year and came up just short in the bronze-medal game of the national championship tournament. The girls got off to a slow start, which didn't bode well as the Dinos came out on fire to begin the game.
Despite their slow start, the Lady Vees stayed in the game right until the end. The final score read Calgary 55, Laurentian 44.
The following evening, Laurentian took on the host, the Mount Royal Cougars, who will be entering the CIS this season. The Vees had a strong first quarter, but a sloppy second quarter allowed Mount Royal to battle back, taking a five-point lead at half time.
The Lady Vees came out with a little more urgency in the second half and turned it on in the fourth quarter, cruising to a 60-45 victory. Rookie Jenna Davidson was the team’s leading scorer with 18 points (six three-pointers) while transfer Sasha Polishchuk dominated the stat line with 14 points, nine rebounds, 10 assists, five steals and only two turnovers.
The final game of the trip saw the Vees take on a UBC Okanagan team that just completed their first season in the CIS last year. The game unfolded much the same as the night before with the Lady Vees down six at half time.
A more urgent second half saw the Vees pull away, earning a four-point victory, 70-66, that was much closer on paper than on the actual court as UBC-O hit a desperation three-pointer at the buzzer.
Third-year post Mary Scott had arguably the best game of her young career, notching 19 points and grabbing seven rebounds while being a force all over the floor.
The girls will now hit the court for practices before they head to Quebec in one week’s time for trip through La Belle Province.
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