November 12, 2012, PRINCE GEORGE, BC (ISN) – A depleted Trinity Western University women’s basketball squad ran out of gas in the fourth quarter as they fell 62-54 to the University of Northern British Columbia Saturday night in Prince George, B.C. The loss drops the Spartans to 0-4 on the season, while the win improves the Timberwolves to 2-2.
“We found ourselves in another battle tonight. Despite playing without Sarah Cleveland and Stephanie Carkner, we were able to battle through three quarters of tough basketball. We were able to achieve some of the goals we thought would be needed to win the game, but missed some critical defensive stops and scores in the end,” commented TWU head coach Cheryl Jean-Paul after the game. “We will continue to fight through this adversity. I thought we approached tonight’s game differently and so even though the outcome was the same, we are showing signs of understanding what it takes to win.”
Laurissa Weigl with 16 points and six rebounds, Holly Strom with 11 points and eight rebounds and Chantelle Martin with 10 points and five rebounds led the Spartans, while Jennifer Bruce with an impressive 26 points led the Timberwolves.
The Spartans had a solid first half as they led the Timberwolves 16-10 at the end of the first quarter and 32-29 at the half.
By the end of the third frame the game was all tied at 48-48. But the fourth quarter was the Spartans undoing as they hit for a game low six points, on one for 10 shooting from the field, to fall 62-54.
TWU had the advantage in the first half shooting 38.7 percent, 12-31, in the first half to UNBC’s 27.6 percent, 8-29. The second half was a reversal of fortunes as the Spartans shot 28 percent, 7-25, to the Timberwolves 32.1 percent, 9-28.
Next up for the Spartans is a double header weekend in Victoria against the University of Victoria Vikes November 16 and 17.
Game notes: TWU was without injured starters Stephanie Carkner and Sarah Cleveland who were both injured in Friday night’s game…the Spartans were unable to hit a three-pointer on eight attempts, while the Timberwolves finished at 43.8 percent going 7-16… UNBC also had the edge in rebounding at 45 to 39.