Kamloops, BC—The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack women’s basketball team found out a little more about themselves. The WolfPack played their third preseason game on Saturday (Oct 3) and downed the Douglas College Royals 97-61 before 250 fans at the Tournament Capital Centre.
The WolfPack now have a record of two wins and a loss.
“We learned that we were not very good defensively on the ball, “said TRU head coach Scott Reeves about the defending Canada West Explorer Division champions. “We got beat too many times and send them to the free throw line too many times. We need to tighten it up.”
Offensively, TRU led from the opening whistle—running up a 7-0 lead early in the first quarter and leading by 21 (30-9). The WolfPack were up 55-20 at the half.
One aspect of the game that Reeves did appreciate was the ability to get his entire bench into the game. All of them saw at least 13 minutes of court time. “ that’s the best thing about the preseason, “ he says. “ You want to see them (the players) in game type situations. We saw them in practice and what they can do. Now it is what happens when you are wearing a uniform and there are referees. It was good to get everyone minutes.”
TRU had four players in double figures led by Michelle Bos (2nd year, forward, Surrey, BC) with 19 points. Kassie Colonna (4th year, forward, Invermere, BC) had 12 points. Emma Piggin (2nd year, guard, Kamloops, BC) chipped in with 11 while Emily Vilac (2nd year, forward, Kamloops, BC) added 10.
“We were slow to start, “said Royals coach Courtney Gerwing. “The first four or five minutes was a struggle. We picked it up in the second quarter and we won the third quarter (22-19). We didn’t compete early. We were on our heels.”
When asked about whether her team was intimidated by playing a CIS squad? “That could have been. The girls think about that for sure. We don’t discuss it at length. We are just trying to play. Last weekend we played Trinity Western and now Scott agreed to host us. We want to play better teams and get ready for our season.”
Douglas was led by Nanaya Miki (4th year forward, Osaka, Japan) with 17 points. While Ellen Fallis (3rd year, guard, Gibsons, BC) added 10.
The WolfPack are off until next Thursday ( Oct 10) when they entertain the NAIT Ooks of the Alberta College Athletic Association. Tip-off is 5 pm at the TRU Gym. They open their 2015-16 Canada West season on Friday November 6 th in Prince George against the University of Northern British Columbia Timberwolves.
Their home opener is Friday, November 20 th against MacEwan University Griffins. Tip off at the TCC will be 6 pm.