Women’s basketball sweep Mount Royal to end first half of season on high

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November 30, 2013, Kamloops, BC (ISN) – The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack women’s basketball team will enter their Christmas Break in sole possession of fourth place in the Canada West Pacific Division. The WolfPack improved their record to 6 and 4 after sweeping the Mount Royal Cougars on home court this weekend.

The score Saturday (Nov 30) at the Tournament Capital Centre was 68-51.

“It is nice to get two wins,” said WolfPack head coach Scott Reeves about the weekend. “Any time you can get sweep a team and do it at home, it is important. I thought we shot the ball better in the first half tonight, not so well in the second.”

The WolfPack jumped out to an early 21-12 lead after the first quarter and were up 45-24 at the break.

But, Mount Royal mounted a comeback in the third quarter. They outgunned TRU 16-9 and cut the WolfPack lead to 14 (50-44).

“But in that second half, we did what we needed on the defensive end in order to come away with the win,” Reeves explained.

“Our rebounding was outstanding for a second night,” the TRU coach continued. ” Those numbers don’t normally happen. 60 and 63 rebounds in two days.”

Of the 63 rebounds TRU achieved in this game, 42 were on defense. They were led in that category by Jorri Duxbury (4th year, guard, Salmon Arm, BC) who had 12. She had a team high 15 boards in the contest and added 12 points.

After struggling with her field goal production on Friday (Nov 29), Taiysa Worsfold (3rd year, forward, Kamloops, BC) returned to her old form on Saturday for TRU. She led the way with 21 points going 7-18 for field goals and was 5-13 from beyond the arc.

“I figured she would,” Reeves stated. “It was nice to see Sarah (Malate, 3rd year, guard, Calgary, AB) hit 50 per cent from the three as well. “.

Malate hit for 14 points in the contest.

Mount Royal had two players in double figures: Alicia Tan (1st year, guard, Calgary, AB) had 16 points while Carrie Campbell (5th year, forward, Raymond, AB) added 12 points. Jordan McLean (2nd year, forward, Hinton, AB) had 10 rebounds.

With the loss, Mount Royal falls to 1 and 9 and sits in the basement of the Pacific Division.

The WolfPack don’t return to Canada West play until Thursday January 9, 2014 when they visit the Cougars in Regina. Mount Royal plays the same night at home against the Lethbridge Pronghorns.

TRU will play an exhibition game against Trinity Western University on December 31 st.

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