SLOW START PROVES TO BE DIFFERENCE
LEWISTON, Idaho – On Saturday night the Trinity Western women’s basketball team had their hands full with the Lewis-Clark State College as the Warriors defeated the Spartans 93-55 in Lewiston, Idaho.
Jessica Brown with 16 points and five rebounds, Kristin Ford with eight points and Tessa Ratzlaff with seven points and five rebounds led the Spartans, while Tanis Fuller with 15 points, Caelyn Orlandi with 13 points and Natahnee Spencer with 13 points led the Warriors.
“Tonight was a tough battle. We’ve been gaining our confidence in our offense up to this point and I think tonight’s game really revealed how much we struggle when we can’t trade baskets early in the game. I thought the game ended on more of a positive note but we really have to continue to improve defensively to stay in games,” commented TWU head coach Cheryl Jean-Paul after the game.” Lewis-Clark was a tough opponent, and this experiencegives us a lot to go through this coming week leading up to regular season. But the culmination of the entire pre-season shows that even though we’ve been able to score, making a teamdefensive statement is what it will take to beat a good team and get the looks that we need to win.”
Lewis-Clark started strong and put the outcome of the game away early. After 11 minutes the Warriors were in total control of the game with a 27 point, 31-4, lead. Kayla Gordon scored the Spartans first field goal of the game with 8:46 remaining in the opening half. LCSC would expand their lead to 31 points, 53-22, at the half-time break.
The second half was more even as the Warriors outscored the Spartans 40-33 to win 93-55.
TWU opens up Canada West play next weekend when they will travel to Winnipeg to take on the University of Manitoba. Game times against the Bisons are set for 4 p.m. on Friday, October 31 and 3 p.m. on Saturday, November 1.
Game Notes: TWU finished shooting 32 percent (18-56) from the field, while LCSC shot 44.8 percent (30-67)…the Warriors out rebounded the Spartans 44-35…