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SPARTANS’ WIN WAVED OFF

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Women’s Basketball

SPARTANS’ WIN WAVED OFF

BRANDON, Manitoba – Trinity Western fourth year forward Kristin Ford (Okotoks, Alta.) had her lay-up at the buzzer waved off by the officials as the Spartans lost a heartbreaker 62-61 to the Brandon University Bobcats Friday night at the Healthy Living Centre in Brandon, Manitoba. The two teams now have identical records at 3-4.

“Tonight was a tough loss. There were stretches where we were able to apply pressure and get transition scores and other times we looked lost. Being able to figure out how your opponent is playing you and attacking that is something we are still learning. We had multiple chances in the final stretch to either tie it up or take the lead, but we made a few critical errors which we will have to learn from,” commented TWU head coach Cheryl Jean-Paul. “The game is often remembered for the last play but it was really a flat second quarter and not taking advantage of opportunities when they presented themselves that did us in. We’re looking forward to the rematch tomorrow.”

With eight seconds remaining in the game and the Spartans trailing 61-58 the Bobcats Mikaela Stanton went one for two from the foul line to give Bandon a 62-58 lead. TWU immediately inbounded the ball to third year guard Luca Schmidt (Langley, B.C.), who sprinted down the floor. She did a quick handoff to rookie guard Jessie Brown (Langley, B.C.) for a three point shot. Brown hit the shot with two seconds remaining in the game.

The Bobcats called a timeout to get the inbounds to centre. TWU’s Ford stole the inbounds pass in the BU backcourt and raced to the basket, where she sunk a two point layup. Unfortunately for the visiting Spartans the basket was called off to give the Bobcats the one point victory.

Luca Schmidt with 14 points, four points and four steals, Kristin Ford with 13 points and six rebounds and fifth year forward Laurissa Weigl (Stony Plain, Alta.) with 12 points and eight rebounds led the Spartans, while Alyssa Montgomery with 17 points and 11 rebounds, Mikaela Stanton with 12 points and Amy Williams with a game high 13 rebounds led the Bobcats.

The Spartans started strong and led 13-7 with just under two minutes remaining in the first quarter. But a deep three pointer from Brandon’s Kylee Howard got the Bobcats going. The Cats would go on a 16-0 run to end the first quarter and start the second quarter to enable Brandon to lead 35-27 at the half.

The Spartans came out of the break and scored the first six points of the half to cut the Bobcats lead to two points, 35-33. From there it was a back-and-forth match with each team battling to get an extended lead.

With 3:28 remaining in the contest fifth year guard Chantelle Martin (Surrey, B.C.) cut the Bobcats lead to two points, 56-54. The two teams exchanged baskets until Weigl would hit a baseline jumper with under a minute remaining to tie the game at 58-58.

With the game still tied the Spartans got a stop and the ball back with 34 seconds remaining.

But back-to-back turnovers to the Bobcats Aleah Bridges, who scored a breakaway layup and hit one of two free throws, after stealing the ensuing centre court inbound gave Brandon the 61-58 lead with just under nine seconds remaining in the game.

The two teams will match up again tomorrow night at the Healthy Living Centre in Brandon. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. CST.

Game Notes: TWU finished the game shooting 41.7 percent (25-60), while BU shot 40 percent (24-60)… the Spartans finished the night going 3-13 from the three point line, with the Bobcats going 5-10…Brandon had the rebounding edge 40-39…TWU had 11 steals to BU’s eight steals…both teams had 10 assists…

-TW-