WOMEN’S BASKETBALL (PRESEASON)
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2014
TRINITY WESTERN (70) QUEEN’S (74)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SPARTANS IN TIGHT WITH QUEEN’S GAELS
LANGLEY, British Columbia – The Queen’s University Gaels rallied to defeat the Trinity Western University Spartans 74-70 Saturday night at the Langley Events Centre in Langley, B.C.
“Based on the games that we have been playing up until this point, this game was going to be the true litmus test for us. How do we play against a team that plays really good basketball. I thought that we demonstrated to ourselves that we can play really good basketball,” commented TWU head coach Cheryl Jean-Paul. “A good team has the extra 20 percent. I thought we were playing out sequences to 80 percent. We would get the extra rotations and then at the last minute we would give up an offensive board.”
“We have shown improvements from where we started at in the beginning of the fall. We obviously want to play at a higher level than we showed today. But for it being the middle of October with so many young athletes in our typical rotation I think that we are doing some really good things.”
With one minute remaining Jesse Brown (Langley, B.C.) hit a three pointer as TWU trailed 71-70. The Spartans had a couple of good looks at the rim down the stretch, but were unable to score over the final 1:10. Queen’s Abby Dixon scored a back-door lay-up with :25 seconds remaining to give the Gaels a three-point lead, while Queen’s point guard Liz Boag hit a free-throw to make the final a four point spread.
The game was close for the entire contest. The Spartans led 21-20 at the end of the first quarter and 43-40 at the half. Trinity Western would take a one point, 55-54, lead into the final 10 minutes.
The Spartans biggest lead was half-way through the second quarter when TWU led 36-26, but the Gaels quickly cut into the lead to make it a three point game, 38-35 with three minutes to go in the half..
Down the stretch in fourth quarter was Queen’s the outscored TWU 10-6 to take a preseason contest.
“I’m really excited to keep building on the performance that we had today. Are there things that we need to fix? For sure. Are there strategies that we need to tweak? For sure. But it is funny that it is mid-October and we are talking about execution for last plays of the quarter and plays to win the game against a good team,” added Jean-Paul. “We have never really been in this position before, so we are really excited to be in the mix. Everyone has bought in and everyone knows what we need to do to be successful, we just have to keep getting after it.”
The Spartans are now 3-1 in preseason play and will head to Lewis-Clark state for two games Fri.-Sat. Oct.24-25.
“Every time that they got an open look it was just one more thing to add to the list of things to work on. But the team has been responding every time we have talked through those things, and we see the improvement in the next game.”
TWU opens up Canada West conference play Oct. 31 when they will travel to Winnipeg to take on the Manitoba Bisons.