Spartans Fall to Visiting Dinos

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Mark Janzen

LANGLEY, British Columbia – The Calgary Dinos women’s basketball teams used a dominant first quarter to stake itself to a 19-point lead and then cruised to a 71-59 win over Trinity Western Saturday at the Langley Events Centre.

The Dinos outscored the Spartans 22-3 in the opening 10 minutes while holding the home side to just one for 18 shooting from the field as they built what would turn out to be an insurmountable lead.

The Spartans managed to outscore the Dinos 40-30 in the second half but had simply dug themselves too deep of a hole early on.

The difference statistically had Calgary shooting 50.0 per cent from the field while Trinity Western was just 30.3 per cent and the Dinos also out-rebounded the Spartans 47-30.

Trinity Western was led by Sarah Cleveland, who had a career-high 18 points, Holly Strom, who had 10 points and 11 rebounds, and Emily Knauff, who had 11 points and six boards.

Calgary had five players hit double digits in points, led by Jessica Franz, who had 16 points to go along with a team-high 11 rebounds, Jenna Kaye, who had 11 points, eight assists and three steals, and Alex Cole, who had 10 points and nine boards.

The loss drops Trinity Western to 4-6 while the win improves Calgary’s record to 7-3.

“Sometimes it feels like you almost over prepare for a team and you know what they’re going to do so much that you freeze in the moment and I think that’s what happened,” said Spartans coach Cheryl Jean-Paul. “There was a physicality to the game that we knew and we didn’t respond to that. We were hoping to get calls that we didn’t. You go down 22-3 in a quarter and you’re going to have to do some amazing things in the next few quarters to win.

“We knew the first quarter was going to have a crazy tempo and we ended up just being passengers. We had scoring opportunities in that quarter, but we just didn’t finish.

“However to win the second half and to win both quarters, those are things we have to be able to take positives from.”

The Dinos came out in the first quarter playing a physically dominating brand and were rewarded for their efforts as they scored the game’s first 13 points. Calgary controlled the pace of play and the boards, out-rebounding the Spartans 19-7 in the quarter, which included a 13-1 advantage on the defensive glass.

Led by Cole, who had six points, and Jarrett, who had five points, Calgary saw contributions from seven different players en route to an impressive opening frame.

The Spartans Tiffany Olsen had Trinity Western’s lone field goal while Rachelle Briscoe scored a single point off of a free throw.

In the second quarter, the Spartans started to get rolling and were able to keep pace with Calgary but were unable to close the gap.

Trinity Western’s Cleveland led the Spartans with six points in the quarter but while they got to within 16 points, at 30-14, the Dinos didn’t let them get any closer.

While the pace of play went back and forth, Calgary maintained a near 20-point lead throughout the quarter and, after a buzzer-beating Megan Lang 3-pointer, took a 41-19 advantage into the locker room.

In third quarter, the Spartans were a better team at both ends of the floor, with Holly Strom’s six points leading the way for Trinity Western, as they outscored the Dinos 19-14 in the frame.

Trinity Western slowly closed the gap, getting to within 15 late in the quarter after a Cleveland 3-pointer made it 53-38, but like the second quarter, it was Calgary’s Lang with a late jumper to give the Dinos a 17-point advantage, 55-38, going into the final quarter.

In the fourth quarter, Trinity Western scored the first five points, with Cleveland knocking down another 3-pointer and Emily Knauff making a pair of free throws, to give the Spartans momentum and get them within 12, trailing 55-43.

The Dinos however came right back with a 10-1 run, sparked by a Jarrett field goal, that re-established a 21-point lead.

The Spartans a strong push late, thanks to an eight-point quarter from Knauff, but were too far down to get any closer than 12 points.

Both teams are back in action Jan. 13-14 with the Spartans travelling to UBC-Okanagan to play the Heat night while Calgary returns home to host Saskatchewan.

Game Notes – TWU was 9 for 23 from 3-point range while Calgary was 5 for 13…Calgary had 28 turnovers to TWU’s 20…both teams had 12 steals.

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