Spartans Drop Second Straight to Visiting UBC

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November 3, 2012, LANGLEY, British Columbia – The Trinity Western women’s basketball team dropped its second in a row to start the 2012-13 season as it fell 75-52 to No. 10 UBC Saturday at the Langley Events Centre.

The Thunderbirds were the better team from start to finish as they possessed a nine-point lead after the first quarter and never trailed the rest of the way. Shooting 54.1 per cent from the field, and 60.0 per cent in the first half alone, the Thunderbirds bettered a Spartans team that shot just 29.8 per cent. The T-Birds were also dominant on the glass, outrebounding TWU 39-23.

For UBC, who had four players earn double-digits in points, it was Victoria Spangehl with a team-high 18 points to go along with 10 rebounds leading the charge. Kris Young added 10 points and a game-high 12 rebounds while Leigh Stansfield had 15 points. Adrienne Parkin was the other T-Bird to hit double-digit points, collecting 10.

Trinity Western was led by Sarah Cleveland (Elizabeth, Colo.), who had 18 points while Laurissa Weigl (Stony Plain, Alta.) had nine points, five rebounds and three steals.

The Spartans are now 0-2 on the year while UBC improves to 2-0.

“For us lost too many of the battles on second and third efforts,” said Spartans coach Cheryl Jean-Paul. “There were times we just assumed they were going to make a lay-up and we gave up too many boards. We just didn’t have the same commitment to defence that we had yesterday. I think they were able to make some adjustments and they used their size well. But that’s still not an excuse to give up those second and third offensive boards. We allowed them to get too many easy scores, especially when we were working so hard to get our scores.”

Shooting 58.8 per cent from the field in the first quarter, the T-Birds raced out to a 22-13 advantage after the opening 10 minutes. The T-Birds were led by Stansfield, who had seven points and two rebounds and Spangehl, who had six points and four boards. Weigl led the home side with five points.

The second quarter saw the teams go back and forth as the Spartans kept it close, tying the quarter 17-17, as they went into halftime only trailing 39-30. The T-Birds had as much as an 11-point lead but a late jumper from Weigl made it a nine-point game at the break. Cleveland had 10 points in the half for TWU while Spangehl responded with 10 of her own to lead UBC.

In the third quarter, UBC pulled away for good. With the T-Birds already up 45-37, UBC went on a 14-4 run to end the quarter that put the game out of reach at 59-41.

In the fourth quarter, the T-Birds continued to press, outscoring TWU 16-11 and, with Stansfield picking up another six points, rolled to a 23-point win.

The Spartans are back in action next weekend when they travel to play Northern British Columbia Nov. 9-10. The T-Birds return to the floor when they host Thompson Rivers also Nov. 9-10.

Game Notes: UBC was 4 for 15 from 3-point range while TWU was 4 for 16…UBC had 15 turnovers to TWU’s 11…Both teams had six steals.

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