KAMLOOPS — Jordan MacLean had a home debut to remember for the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack women’s basketball team.
MacLean played her first ever Canada West regular season home game in a WolfPack uniform and had a ‘double double’ as TRU downed the Mount Royal University Cougars 79-41.
The WolfPack move to 9-3 on the year while Mount Royal falls to 1-12.
MacLean was a member of Mount Royal for two seasons before transferring to Thompson Rivers last year. She had also sat out the first half of this season.
The Hinton, Alberta resident wound up with 10 rebounds and 10 points and was named the “TRU Bookstore/McDonalds Leader of the Pack Player of the Game.”
“Jordan is big for us,” stated TRU assistant coach Chuck Ferguson. “She is a big kid and tough as hell. She was on the glass more and had that double double. Of course it was against a team she once played for so there was some extra motivation there. She had a fantastic game.”
Thompson Rivers outscored Mount Royal 42-12 in the first half. The only quarter that the Cougadrs won was the third when they outscored TRU 20-18.
“I thought we pushed the ball really well and were out running,” Ferguson added. “We were stronger on the glass and did well overall. I thought they (Mount Royal) gave it a good effort. They usually shoot the ball but they couldn’t get it. I don’t think we really saw what they can do and they will come out stronger tomorrow (Sat). “
The WolfPack were led by Michelle Bos (2nd year, guard, Surrey, BC) with 16 points. Lelani Carney (1st year, guard, Vancouver, BC) had 12 points while Kassie Colonna (4th year, forward, Invermere, BC) had 11 rebounds including nine on the defensive side of the game.
Mount Royal had only one player in double figures offensively. That was Angela Driscoll (4th year, guard, Calgary, AB) who had 10 points. Becky Nash (3rd year, forward, Pickering, ON) had 16 rebounds (11 on defense).
The WolfPack came into the weekend a win back of front running MacEwan in the Canada West Explorer Division. Ferguson admits they are starting to look at the scoreboard as the regular season winds down. “You have to do the math to keep yourself in the loop. In this division, a loss could be critical at this point of the year. We are watching our scores and other teams as well to see where we can get an edge. We do the numbers and we hope they play out in the end.”
The two teams will battle it again on the Warner Rentals court of the Tournament Capital Centre on Saturday (Jan 23). Tip off will be 5 pm.
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