KAMLOOPS, B.C.—The TRU women’s basketball team will be on the road this weekend to play perhaps their biggest series of the regular season against the division-leading MacEwan University Griffins in Edmonton.
The ‘Pack opened the second half of the Canada West season with a loss to the UBCO Heat last weekend, and will not be an easy turnaround against the 9-1 Griffins. The WolfPack women were swept in the first meeting between these two teams back in November on the Warner Rentals court in Kamloops.
“We are in better shape and can play with a little more tempo so hopefully we can convert some easier baskets,” Head Coach Scott Reeves said of the WolfPack women.
The Griffins are led offensively by Megan Wood (5th year, Edmonton, AB), who currently sits second in Canada West scoring with an average of 18.2 points per game.
“We have to have a team defense approach. Everyone must do their job on defense for us to have success,” Reeves said.
The WolfPack currently sit tied for second in the Explorer Division and owe a lot of their success to second-year guard Emma Piggin (2nd year, Kamloops, BC), who’s 15.7 points per game are good enough for 9th in Canada West.
Piggin also averages 9.1 rebounds alongside teammate Kassie Colonna (4th year, Invermere, BC) who averages just over 10 rebounds per game. Piggin is fifth in the conference in rebounding while Colonna is second.
It will be the final meeting of the season between the two teams before the playoffs, but Head Coach Scott Reeves says he doesn’t feel like his team owes the Griffins after being swept on home court.
“You need to win league games in order to make playoffs and this is just another weekend of league games.”
Despite being ranked one spot ahead of the Griffins in the Canada West preseason poll, the ‘Pack find themselves in a make-or-break situation this weekend if they want to finish first in the Explorer Division.
“We need to get on a very good roll if we are to make a playoff push,” Reeves said.
Following this weekend, the WolfPack will enjoy three straight weekends at home to try and solidify a playoff spot. First against the Mount Royal University Cougars, then a single-game weekend against the UBCO Heat, and finally the Timberwolves from the University of Northern British Columbia on February 5th and 6th.
All TRU games, home and away, are webcast on Canada West television (http://Canadawest.TV). It is a pay per view.
The conference's multi-sport pass gives subscribers access to every regular season and playoff game/event on CW.tv. At $33.75 USD, the multi-sport pass provides tremendous value, at a cost of less than a dime per game.
For fans of a particular sport, the Canada West single sport pass ($22.50 USD) provides coverage of every game, both men's and women's, in one sport.
The third and final option available for viewers is the Canada West single day pass ($3.75 USD), which grants viewers access to every Canada West webcast on a given day. This viewing option allows fans interested in a particular game and the flexibility to enjoy CanadaWest.tv at an affordable price.
Game time on Friday at the Warner Rentals Court at the Tournament Capital Centre will be 6 pm.
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