(ISN) – Kamloops, BC—The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack women’s basketball team will put the capper on a very successful 2014-15 Canada West regular season on the Valentine’s Day weekend by visiting the University of Fraser Valley Cascades.
The WolfPack are on a 15 game unbeaten streak which includes back to back victories (69-58 and 72-70 over the Cascades at the Tournament Capital Centre on November 21-22). TRU enters the weekend at 17-1 on the year and this week received their first ever CIS top10 ranking (#10). Fraser Valley is 11-7.
“They weren’t healthy when we played them,” said WolfPack head coach Scott Reeves about Fraser Valley. “The first time they were completely healthy was last weekend at UNBC so their week of prep should be better and they will be ready to go.”
The WolfPack clinched top spot in the Explorer division last weekend (Feb 6-7). Reeves is telling his troops not to look ahead to the Canada West quarterfinals but to focus on these two games. ” Fraser Valley is a great team to prep for the playoffs against. We are focused on playing well this weekend.”
It’ll be a battle on the boards for sure. As a team, TRU leads the Canada West in total rebounds (50.9 per game). Individually Fraser Valley’s Sarah Wierks leads with 15.8 per game but hot on her heels is WolfPack rookie Michelle Bos (guard, Surrey, BC) who averages 11.8.
Wierks is second in the league in points (19.6 per game average).
Statistically: Jorri Duxbury of the WolfPack (fifth year, guard, Salmon Arm, BC) leads the Canada West in steals with a 3.1 per game average.
One player who has been a solid contributor for the WolfPack this year with very little fanfare has been Kassie Colonna. The third year forward from Invermere, BC stands seventh in the Canada West in rebounds with 145 this year. ” Kass has been a staple for us ever since she transferred to TRU,” said Reeves of Colonna (who came from the University of Lethbridge two years ago). ” She always has the tough task of guarding the posts on the other team, which are usually some of the best in Canada. She is a good athlete and her game is constantly improving.”
As the regular season winds down, Reeves looks at his team and says their biggest improvement is obvious. ” We are more consistent offensively than the beginning of year and we are limiting our turnovers.”
Both games this weekend will be shown on CanadaWest.TV.
After them, TRU will have a week off before hosting their first ever Canada West Quarterfinal. The best of three series is set for February 26-28 th at the Tournament Capital Centre.