KAMLOOPS, BC — Like the rabbit chasing the carrot on a stick, the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack got close but not close enough as they fell to .500 in Canada West women’s basketball.
The University of Lethbridge Pronghorns remain unbeaten after eight starts following a 20 point victory over the WolfPack. 79-59 was the final score on a Saturday night (Nov 18) on the Warner Rentals Court at the Tournament Capital Centre.
After Lethbridge went on a 5-0 run to start the game, the WolfPack came back to tie and then take an 8-7 lead. They then battled point for point for the rest of the first quarter before the Pronghorns went on a run and led 21-12. TRU shot 23.5 % from the field in that opening quarter compared to Lethbridge’s 60 %.
Second quarter saw TRU cut the deficit to one. They went into the dressing room down four (34-30).
Lethbridge came out strong in the second half but key three pointers by Kanesha Reeves and Jordon Haggerty in the dying stages of the third quarter cut the lead to 9. Pronghorns were up by 13 (59-46) going into the fourth quarter.
The fourth quarter saw Lethbridge shoot 40 per cent to TRU’s 30 en route to the victory.
Thompson Rivers :
Kanesha Reeves (4th year, guard, Kamloops, BC):9 points 2 rebounds (both def): 20 mins
Shenise Sigsworth (5th year, forward, Kamloops, BC) : 12 points, 4 rebounds (3 off), 1 steal: 26 mins
Jordon Haggerty (1st year, guard, Saskatoon, SK):8 points, 5 rebounds (all def), 1 assist: 20 mins
Michelle Bos (4th year, guard, Surrey, BC):9 points, 6 rebounds (3 each), 3 assist: 25 mins
Kacie Bosch (3rd year guard, Lethbridge, AB): 19 points, 5 rebounds (all def), 1 assist, 2 steals; 26 min
Kathryn Hankins (4th year, post, Chehalis, WA): 13 points, 2 rebounds (all def),1 assist, 2 steals: 18 min
Amy Mazutinec (1st year, wing, Stirling, AB):11 points, 10 rebounds (8 def), 1 assist, 2 steals: 22 mins
TRU: 22 Lethbridge: 21
Score by Periods:
TRU 12 13 16 13 --59
LETHBRIDGE: 21 18 25 20 --79
RECORD: Lethbridge 8-0 TRU: 4-4
TRU Assistant Coach Chuck Ferguson:
On the Contest: “It felt like we were digging ourselves out of a hole all night. When you look at it. Again like last night. It comes down to shooting percentage. Everywhere we were pretty much equal—rebounds—we actually took more shots (75)—but we had a 26 per cent average where they were shooting at 46. When you let another team shoot that high and you are shooting that low, it is pretty hard to come up with wins.
How do you rectifiy that? “The owness has to be on the players to work on their shooting as well us going back to the basics in practice. We are coming along. We are a young team. We expect some hiccups and bumps along the way. There were positives in what I saw. I thought Jordon Haggerty was really good tonight. I thought Megan Rouault (1st year, Vernon, BC) gave us good minutes this weekend. But it is shooting. That will come with time. But it leaves you with frustration at times.”
Video of post game interview:
Lethbridge head coach Dave Adams (3rd season):
On going 8-0: “ I would have taken some Vegas odds on if you told me two months ago we would be unbeaten after eight starts. Our success has been set up from past work. We worked on the style of a play when we came into the program two years ago. We are just trying to build on that. We have been fortunate that we got healthy this year and the schedule has worked in our favor. I am happy we are playing well but there is a higher ceiling there.”
On this win: “ Full credit to Scott. He is such a great coach. He had his team well prepared. Good adjustments from yesterday. A credit to him and the program how they came back and played today. This game could have gone either way. We were fortunate that we ran their legs out from under them. We were fortunate they didn’t hit the same about of jumpers late that they did early. My goodness. TRU is a good team. They are a dangerous team.”
The WolfPack will hit the road for two games in Calgary, Alberta next week (Nov 24-25) against the Mount Royal University Cougars. The Pronghorns are also on the road next week. They visit the Regina Cougars.
TRU returns home for their final two games at the Tournament Capital Centre before the Christmas break on Friday and Saturday (Dec 1-2). Their opponent will be the University of Northern British Columbia Timberwolves. Tip off Friday will be 6 pm with the Saturday battle going at 5 pm.
The “TRU Bookstore/McDonalds Leader of the Pack” Player of the game was Haggerty. The Pronghorns lost wing Katie Keith (3rd year,Lethbridge, AB) in the second quarter with an ankle injury. She played eight minutes getting five points, an assist and two steals
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