By Larry Read
(ISN) – Kamloops, BC—The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack women’s basketball team sport the best record of any of the four CIS teams currently in their regular seasons.
Scott Reeves and his squad sit atop of the Canada West Explorer division with seven wins in their first eight starts and have won their last five outings.
“We have had some good games in preseason which helped us prepare for conference play,” he said when asked about the first half of the 2014-15 campaign. “We are happy with our progress thus far but not satisfied. We are going to take time to do well on our exams and then will work on improvement for the second half.”
Reeves says the highlights of the first half of the season have been the play of the TRU defense in terms of points allowed (56.6 ). ” When you have a foundation on defense, it will give you chances to be in games which we were.”
Individually, Reeves says” Our veterans Tay (Taiysa Worsfold, 4th year, forward, Kamloops, BC) and Jor (Jorri Duxbury, 5th year, guard, Salmon Arm, BC) have really stepped up in the last couple of weeks which is great for us. Michelle (Bos, first year, guard, Surrey, BC) has been a steady double double a night producer and that consistency has really helped us.”
Worsfold is eighth in Canada West in points and steals (15.8 per game and 2.4 per game average respectively) and 14 th in assists (3.2 per game).
Duxbury leads the Canada West in steals (3.7 per game), eighth in minutes played (281) and is 10 th in assists (3.8 per game).
Bos is second in the Canada West in rebounds per game (12.6), second in total rebounds (101) and 18 th in assists (2.6 per game). Reeves isn’t surprised she has made a name for herself so quickly. “She was very skilled coming out of high school and has made the jump to CIS really well.”
The WolfPack have played four of the other five squads in the Explorer division thus far and open the second half of the Canada West season at home on January 9 th against the only team they haven’t faced: UBCO. “We haven’t seen them yet,” Reeves stated. “But other than that, we play all the other teams. The second half is where teams are going to be playing their best basketball so we have to be at the top of our game as well.”
That January 9 th game at the Tournament Capital Centre has a 6 pm tip off.
The WolfPack have only one exhibition during the Christmas holidays. It is December 30 th in Langley, BC) against the Trinity Western University Spartans.