Bisons’ Bartlett makes program history

Herd victorious in two-game series against MacEwan Griffins

On Jan. 28, the herd wrapped up a quick two-game series against the MacEwan
University Griffins in two exciting games as the end of the Canada West (CanWest) season,
and the end of the women’s basketball team’s season, approaches.

Saturday evening was a chance for the women’s team to continue their one game winning
streak. In the game the day before, the Bisons triumphed 65-51. The U of M tipped off the
first quarter with a blazing start. Possibly because the Griffins were short handed with only
eight players available.

Despite being short handed, the Griffins managed to hang on throughout the game.
MacEwan managed to narrow the deficit during the fourth quarter, outscoring the herd 23-
11. Ultimately, however, the Bisons hung on, winning the game 65-51.

Even though the Griffins managed to hold on throughout the game, this did nothing to stop
the Bisons offence.

One of the high scorers at Friday’s game was Keziah Brothers, who
started the game strong, collecting five points and four rebounds in the first quarter.
Brothers continued to be a huge asset for the Bisons, scoring 15 points, grabbing six
rebounds and notching an assist as well. She was also pivotal in helping seal the win for the
U of M.

Not to overshadow Lauren Bartlett, however, who scored 12 points and grabbed
seven rebounds, also helping cement the win for the Bisons.

The herd was looking to carry its electric momentum from Friday night’s game to
Saturday, and started off strong in the first quarter. The Bisons forced turnovers throughout
the game, tightened their defence and didn’t rush their own shots.

U of M point guard Lauren Bartlett was otherworldly in Saturday’s win. She recorded her
first career triple double, with 10 steals, 16 points and 11 assists.

Bartlett continued to impress throughout the game, achieving a career best, but also
managing to make program history by recording the fifth triple double in Bison program

Bartlett also broke the 16-year-old record for the most assists with 11 in one game to cap
off a phenomenal performance.

Saturday night’s game was a big success for the women’s team, who beat the MacEwan
Griffins 73-56. Ultimately, the Bisons started off strong and kept that momentum going,
tightening up their iron clad defence even more as the game progressed.

As the U of M tightened up its defence and gained momentum, the Griffins did the
opposite. MacEwan struggled in the last few quarters, unable to match the lively energy the
Bisons were exuding on and off the court.

The U of M is now on a two-game winning streak and currently ranks number 14 in the
CanWest standings.

The herd’s next two games are against school rival University of Winnipeg Wesmen at home
Feb. 3 and on the road Feb. 4.