January 19, 2013, Lethbridge, AB (ISN) – The Trinity Western University Spartans used a strong third quarter and a hot shooting night to defeat the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns 76-63 Friday night at the First Choice Savings Centre in Lethbridge, Alberta.
The win moves the Spartans to 3-10, while the loss drops the Pronghorns to 5-8.
“We played a strong team game tonight with everyone contributing to positive defensive plays and smart offensive looks. I was really proud of the focus the team showed in two major areas: the first being coming back from two nearly double digit deficits in the first half, and the second being maintaining our lead and winning the game with confidence rather than just feeling as though we survived,” commented TWU head coach Cheryl Jean-Paul. “I thought the starters made a statement with their scoring looks, but we had so many little plays by everyone else right when we needed them which is why this win is a great one.”
Forward Holly Strom with 18 points, and 11 rebounds, five steals, three assists and two blocks, forward Emily Knauff with 16 points and six rebounds and guard Sarah Cleveland with 15 points and four steals led the Spartans. Ali Cameron led the Pronghorns with 20 points, while Kim Veldman added 11 rebounds and nine points.
TWU was a solid 40.3 percent (29-72) from the field, including 58.3 percent (7-12) from the three point line. Lethbridge finished at 43.1 percent (22-51) from the field.
The Spartans started slowly and quickly fell behind10-2 four minutes into game. Trinity Western slowly gathered control and after a steal and basket by guard Stephanie Carkner the visitors from Langley, B.C. had tied the game at 19-19.
The second quarter was similar to the first as TWU fell behind 34-23 after Lethbridge opened the second frame with a 15-4 run over the first six minutes. But the Pronghorns would not score over the final four minutes as Knauff and Strom led the Spartans on a 10-0 run to finish the first half with TWU trailing 34-33.
Ali Cameron led Lethbridge with 14 first half points, while Knauff with 10 points and Sarah Cleveland with nine led the Spartans over the first 20 minutes.
Trinity Western carried the momentum into the third quarter as they dominated the Lethbridge squad to go on a 26-to-11 run to lead 59-45 to end the third quarter. TWU trailed 41-37 two minutes into the second half after a Karin Li bucket for Lethbridge, the Spartans then shut down the Pronghorns with a 16-to-0 run to take a 53-41 lead with just over 2:30 remaining in the third quarter.
In the fourth quarter the Pronghorns never really threatened the Spartans as TWU finished the half outscoring Lethbridge 43-29 to earn the win.
TWU will now travel to Calgary to take on the University of Calgary Dinos tomorrow night in Calgary, while Lethbridge will host the University of the Fraser Valley.
Game Notes: The Spartans finished with only 14 turnovers, while the Pronghorns finished with 23…Lethbridge had the edge in rebounding at 37-to-33…the 76 points is the most in the season for the Spartans…the 58.3 percent from the three point line was the third highest in program history…TWU shot 61.5 percent (8-13) in a 69-65 win over Saskatchewan on Jan 4, 2002 and 60.0 percent (6-10) in a 62-39 loss to UBC on Feb 7, 2004…