Bisons drop back-to-back against Wesmen

Agar sets career highs in loss

Photo by Matthew Merkel, staff

The women’s Bisons basketball team took the court this past weekend as they faced off in back-to-back games against the University of Winnipeg Wesmen.

The series started with a game on Friday that resulted in the Wesmen closing the Bisons lead in the Duckworth Challenge. The score currently sits at 2-1 for the U of M.

The competition between the U of M and the U of W’s soccer, volleyball and basketball teams celebrates the cross-town rivalry between the two universities. Each team plays a home-and-home series. Teams are awarded points for winning games, and the university that has the most points at the end of the year takes home the Duckworth Challenge title. The U of W is the reigning Duckworth champion.

The Bisons took a 1-0 lead earlier in the year with a women’s soccer victory over the Wesmen.

The Wesmen’s basketball team took the 95-47 blowout victory on Friday over a Bisons team that shot 25 per cent from the field.

The team came to play a little harder on Saturday but still took the 77-61 loss.

A nearly 34 per cent shooting from the field gave Manitoba its eighth loss on the season and drop to 2-8 on the year.

The one bright spot for the Bisons on Saturday was second-year forward Autumn Agar.

Agar finished the game with 33 minutes played and a 20-point performance.

She set season highs in almost every category in this game, including points.

“I had a great night on Saturday and it all had to do with my team,” Agar said.

“I was given great minutes and an opportunity to play with high-level players. I had a lot of great passes come my way and my shooting just seemed to be working.”

Although Agar played a great game, the team still could not come up with the victory. This has been a trend all year with the Bisons being 2-8. Agar is hopeful the squad will turn it around.

“Having a losing record is never fun,” Agar said.

“Overall as a team, we are disappointed that we are not doing better, but we have no quit. We have a good group of girls who want to compete and want to win and I believe that we can with the right attitude.”

Back-to-back losses in a weekend are not ideal, especially when both are by a considerable number of points.

With that being said, Agar thinks that some positive can come out of the disappointing weekend.

“Losing back-to-back games on the weekend is an extremely tough blow to the morale [of] the team,” Agar said.

“The one positive that I could bring out in this game is the fact that we played a better overall game on Saturday. We were not happy with our Friday game and made the necessary changes to give us a chance to win.”

The Bisons have six more games before they potentially move on to the playoffs. The team needs to have a strong end to the season to be given not only a better seed, but also a confidence booster.

“I think our team just needs to trust each other if we are going to make a splash in the playoffs,” Agar said.

“We will be an underdog team when it comes playoff time and that is not necessarily a bad thing for us. I think we need to practice and then we will surprise a few people around the league.”