(ISN) – Kamloops, BC—The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack can lay claim to the first ever Canada West Women’s Basketball Explorer Division regular season title.
The WolfPack won their 14 th straight game and in the process clinched the title and the right to host their first ever playoff berth on Friday night (Feb 6).
Thompson Rivers took care of the Mount Royal University Cougars 84-56 on the Warner Rentals Court at the Tournament Capital Centre. TRU moves to 15-1 on the season while Mount Royal drops to 6-10.
“It is pretty special without question,” said TRU head coach Scott Reeves about clinching the title and hosting the Canada West Quarterfinal series—a goal for the team at the start of the year. “This goes beyond the people in that room (dressing room), but they are the ones that got it done. I know all of our alumni and parents and friends everywhere are thrilled for the opportunity and I am really proud of the team.”
TRU was up by five: 20-15 after the first quarter and held a commanding 45-22 advantage at the half.
“It was a slow start but we were having a pretty good day on the glass and that was a huge difference,” said Reeves. “When you can offensive rebound for extra possessions it is a good sign. We started to shoot better in the second. The story was the solid defense and the rebounding.”
The ‘Pack had 67 rebounds compared to Mount Royal’s 48.
Michelle Bos (first year, guard, Surrey,BC) continues to make a strong case for Canada West rookie of the year status. She was named the TRU Bookstore/Mcdonalds “Leader of the Pack” Player of the Game with 25 points and 10 rebounds (seven on defense). She has had 10 double doubles this year.
Bos was one of three players with double digit rebounds for TRU. The others were Kassie Colonna (third year, forward, Invermere, BC) with 12 and Jorri Duxbury (fifth year, guard, Salmon Arm, BC) with 11.
Pointswise: Duxbury had 10 points as well while Sarah Malate (fourth year, guard, Calgary,AB) had 11 points.
The WolfPack lead the CIS in rebounding and says it something they work hard on. “It is a mindset. People have always said that. When you are the number one rebounding team in the country you get some emails: what do you do in practice? What kind of drills do you do? There is some technique to it. But it is really overemphasizing it in every drill you do. Whether it’s shooting or passing, you don’t do it without blocking out. It’s a mindset that you have to do.”
Mount Royal was led by Melissa Moore (second year, forward, Calgary, AB) with 10 points. Tyleigha Nelson (first year, forward, Halifax, NS) had 10 rebounds.
The WolfPack will close out the home portion of their Canada West regular season on Saturday (Feb 7) when they entertain the Cougars again. After the game, they will honor their lone fifth year player: Jorri Duxbury.
Saturday’s game will be a 5 pm tip off at the Tournament Capital Centre. It will be shown on CanadawestTV.com.
FOULSHOTS: It is likely that the WolfPack will host either Winnipeg or Victoria in the Canada West quarterfinals which will be played February 26-28 at the TCC.