Spartan Women Beat UBC-O in Preseason Opener

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September 30, 2012, Langley, British Columbia – The Trinity Western women’s basketball team opened its preseason schedule with a 75-59 win over UBC Okanagan Saturday at the Langley Events Centre.

Led by Holly Strom, who had 23 points to go along with seven rebounds and six steals, the Spartans took an early lead and had control throughout the contest as they possessed a lead at the end of each quarter en route to a convincing win.

After Strom, it was Sarah Cleveland with 14 points, Emily Knauff with 12 points and Laurissa Weigl with 10 points and nine rebounds.

“We’re still in that discovery phase of what are our strengths going to be and what are we going to look like in competition mode,” said Spartans coach Cheryl Jean-Paul. “Holly scoring 23 and letting it come to her is an important part of our game. I think she spread her scoring looks around the entire game, which is a big positive for us. But to have three other scorers in double digits really means that we’re creating for each other. I think our defence caused a lot of problems for them. Obviously there are major fixes that we still need to work through, however I’m excited about what we’re seeing.”

The Spartans led 19-2 after the first quarter, 36-23 at halftime and 59-40 after the third quarter.

Trinity Western’s next CIS action sees it play three games in a tournament at Queen’s, against host Queen’s, UQAM and Guelph Oct. 19-21.

UBC-O will play Victoria on the road next in a two-game series Oct. 12-13.

Christian J. Stewart
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