HALIFAX – Sports – The Lakehead University Thunderwolves women’s basketball team lost in their first game of the Thunder Selects CIS Holiday Classic, 77-52 to the Dalhousie Tigers on Friday evening. Coach Jon Kreiner stated, “We really struggled to score early and found ourselves battling back for the whole game. We got the game to 47-42 after back to back threes by Carolyn Fragale. From that moment we struggled to match Dalhousie’s intensity and rebounding. We need to regroup and play at a higher level against X tomorrow.”
After trailing 21-12 after the first quarter, the T-Wolves got their game in gear, out-scoring the Tigers 23-22 in the second for a 43-35 deficit at halftime.
The second half began well for the Thunderwolves, as Carolyn Fragale hit back-to back 3’s early to bring her team within 5 points, 47-42. Unfortunately for the ‘Wolves would falter from there as the Tigers went on a 17-0 run to create too large a gap for Lakehead to overcome before the final buzzer.
Top scorers for the Thunderwolves were Carolyn Fragale and Lindsay Inkila with 10 points apiece. Fragale added 8 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks and 2 steals to her line, while Ayse Kalkan scored 8 points with 6 rebounds and 4 steals.
Kelsey Bardsley struggled to find her shooting touch, going 1-11 from the field for 3 points in 14 minutes.
Dalhousie had 5 players score in double digits, led by Anna Von Maltzahn scoring 13 points with 13 rebounds while Tessa Stammberger was 5-10 from the field with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Keisha Brown had a game-high 15 points and 6 assists.
Neither team shot the ball well from long range, the ‘Wolves hitting 6 of their 29 attempts (21%), while Dalhousie hit just 2 of 15 three-pointers (13%). Dalhousie out-rebounded Lakehead 64-48.
Thunderwolves Next Game:
The women face St. Francis Xavier December 29th (Saturday) at 4 pm ET.