Kamloops —The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack women’s basketball team enter the 2015-16 Canada West Christmas break sitting second in the Explorer Division.
The WolfPack are the defending divisional champs and have a 6-2 record: losing only to front running MacEwan University Griffins.
“I liked our level of competitiveness most nights,” said WolfPack head coach Scott Reeves. “With the sweep of UFV right before the break, that put us back in the playoff hunt. We need to take some time now to make sure we do well on our exams and then get into the gym and shoot the ball. Our shooting percent is not where it needs to be.”
Reeves does say that the team competed most nights but like most coaches—he sees areas where his club needs to improve upon. “I did think our team chemistry is where it needs to be at this level,” he said.” We are able to work hard in practice and realize that by doing so, everyone is improving.”
He adds that the players have bought into the ‘team before self’ philosophy. “Different people step up at different times when you have a team philosophy. That’s been the case so far.”
Statistically only Emma Piggin (2nd year, guard, Kamloops, BC) and Kassie Colonna (4th year, forward, Invermere, BC) are among the leaders in Canada West categories. They are fourth and fifth respectively in rebounds per game (9.8 and 9.3). Piggin is fourth in the league in assists (4.1). Colonna is eighth in blocks (1.1 per game).
Reeves says the highlight of the first half for his team happened after they lost to MacEwan in the WolfPack’s home opener on November 21st . “I was really proud of the level of compete. MacEwan out played us all weekend but at least we fought back on the Saturday night.”
Looking ahead to the second half where the WolfPack have six of their remaining 12 games at the Tournament Capital Centre, Reeves is looking for improvement in certain areas of his team’s game. “We need to shoot the ball better. Right from the free throw line to field goals to three point field goals. There is no magic solution to doing this. It is a matter of putting the time in and gaining confidence.”
And as far as making the post season for a fifth straight year? “We have to have consistent effort on both ends of the floor. Defense and rebounding are the keys to teams making deep runs into the playoffs.”
TRU will have an exhibition game on New Year’s Eve (Dec 31) against the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology Trojans (ACAC). Tip off on the Warner Rentals court at the Tournament Capital Centre will be 2 pm.
They return to Canada West play Friday, January 8, 2016 in Kelowna against the University of British Columbia Okanagan Heat. That’s the first of a four game roadswing. The ‘Pack’s first home game will be Friday, January 22nd against the Mount Royal University Cougars of Calgary. Tip off will be 6 pm.
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