Spartans earn 69-66 preseason win over TRU

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October 12, 2013, KAMLOOPS, B.C. (ISN) – The Trinity Western women’s basketball team won its first preseason game of the year, knocking off Thompson Rivers 69-66 Saturday in the WolfPack Invitational at the Tournament Capital Centre.

The win improves TWU’s record to 1-1 in both preseason play and within the tournament.

After possessing a 39-37 halftime lead, the Spartans put together an impressive third quarter in which they outscored TRU 22-11 to take a 61-48 lead into the final frame. The WolfPack rallied in the fourth quarter, but the Spartans held TRU off long enough to pull out the win.

Trinity Western was led by Holly Strom (Calgary), who had 23 points while Janelle Traber (Abbotsford, B.C.) added 13 points.

For TRU, Jorri Duxbury (Salmon Arm, B.C.) had 22 points while Kassie Colonna (Invermere, B.C.) had 17 points.

“I really think this was a turning point for our young team this season,” said Spartans head coach Cheryl Jean-Paul, who earned her first win over TRU as a Spartans coach. “In some ways for our program, it was a defining game since we haven’t beat TRU in several years. It’s a really encouraging step for our team. I thought we responded well to how we wanted play.

“I thought we were very unselfish and took the right shots. We got some key defensive stops. We struggled toward the end to wrap the game up, but I thought we gritted it out and got a great win.”

Prior to tonight’s win, TWU hadn’t won a game against TRU since Jan. 30, 2010.

The Spartans will now prepare to go to Sherbrooke, Que. where they will play three games in an exhibition tournament, against Bishop’s (Oct. 18), Cape Breton (Oct. 19) and Brock (Oct. 20).

Thompson Rivers finishes off their tournament on Sunday at 11 a.m. against UNBC.