LANGLEY, British Columbia – Playing No. 3 Alberta, the Trinity Western women’s basketball team lost for the second night in a row on home court, falling 88-65 Saturday at the Langley Events Centre.
The Pandas took an 8-0 lead early in the first quarter and never trailed en route to a 23-point win.
Alberta (4-0) led 23-6 after the first quarter and while the Spartans (2-2) managed to hang with the Pandas the rest of the way – Alberta only outscored TWU 65-59 – the home side had dug too deep of a hole to threaten the visitors’ lead.
The Pandas have now won 23 straight Canada West regular season contests.
Alberta was led by Kendra Asleson, who had 15 points and seven rebounds while Saskia Van Ginhoven had 14 points to go with nine boards. Megan Van de Kraats added 12 points and a game-high 11 rebounds.
The Spartans Jessie Brown (Langley) led TWU with 16 points, including going three for seven from the 3-point range. Kristin Ford (Okotoks, Alta.) added 12 points while Luca Schmidt (Langley) had a team-high six rebounds.
The Pandas shot 53.3 per cent from the field compared to TWU, who shot 35.6 per cent. Alberta also out-rebounded the Spartans 47-23.
“We went after it today and we challenged them and showed some different looks defensively,” said Spartans coach Cheryl Jean-Paul. “I think that really struck a cord with the girls and their ability to come onto the floor and contribute. We had some key shifts from some of the athletes that have been waiting for opportunities. I thought they took their opportunities really well and showed some good things.”
Alberta opened a quick 8-0 in the first quarter and, shooting 53.3 per cent from the field in the opening frame, the Pandas were up 23-6 after 10 minutes.
In the second quarter, the Spartans started to find their range, tallying 17 points, but it was still the Pandas outscoring TWU 23-17 and opening a 46-23 halftime lead. Alberta continued its hot shooting, going 10 for 18 from the field in the quarter.
Alberta continued to push forward in the third quarter but the Spartans hung with the Pandas throughout the frame and a couple of big baskets from TWU’s Ford and Brown, saw the Spartans put up 23 points to Alberta’s 25 in the quarter.
In the fourth quarter, TWU outscored the Pandas 19-17 and looked strong down the stretch, but it was still Alberta walking away with its fourth win of the season.
“I think some of the things we did against this team is going to help us beat other teams,” Jean-Paul said. “I think the team did a better job of making a statement and protecting their key a little better. We’re talking about an Alberta team that doesn’t miss a lot of shots and we just have to find a way to battle through some of those things.”
The Spartans are back in action next weekend when they host Lethbridge Nov. 14-15 at the LEC. Alberta returns home to host UBC Nov. 14-15.
Game Notes: TWU won the turnover battle, giving up just 13 compared to Alberta’s 21…TWU’s Tessa Ratzlaff fouled out late in the third quarter.