WINNIPEG, British Columbia – Second year guard Jessie Brown’s (Langley, B.C.) three pointer at the buzzer gave the visiting Trinity Western University Spartans a dramatic 74-73 victory over the University of Winnipeg Wesmen Friday evening in the Dr. David F. Anderson Gymnasium.
Brown connected on nine-three pointers and was the top scorer on this night, finishing with 31 points, including six points in the final seven seconds of the game. Brown’s nine makes from behind the arc sets a new TWU record and ties the Canada West record held by Brandon’s Cassie Cooke, who hit the mark twice. The nine three’s also beats the Spartans record of eight, which was held by Katie Haworth.
The second year guard tied the game at 71-71 draining a three pointer with 22 seconds remaining in the final quarter. Winnipeg’s Skylar Boulanger made a running hook shot to put the Wesmen ahead 73-71 with 0.96 showing on the clock. After a timeout Brown took the inbound pass and nailed the contested game winning shot at the buzzer.
“Tonight’s game was crazy, I’m not sure how else to describe it. We had a solid defensive first half, started losing our way in the third and then there was a combined nine points in the last seven seconds for a last second make by Jessie,” commented TWU head coach Cheryl Jean-Paul. “There are definitely some things to build on and we don’t want to lose sight of the fact that we earned our first half lead but to have a team that believes they can win despite some tough situations is an exciting step for us. We are looking forward to the battle that will take place tomorrow – I’m proud of the growth this team has shown.”
Aside from Brown, Kayla Gordon (Prince George, B.C.) scored 15 for the Spartans. Natalie Carkner (Port Coquitlam, B.C.) was next with 11, while adding seven assists. Tessa Ratzlaff (Abbotsford, B.C.) pulled down a game high 13 rebounds.
First year guard Lena Wenke led the Wesmen with 26 points and four steals. Skylar Boulanger added 14 while Renetha Burton and Megan Noonan each scored 10. Taylor Thorkelsson led Winnipeg in rebounding with nine. Kerri Kuzbyt had seven assists.
Trinity Western had things going their way early on as the built a 19-17 lead after the opening quarter. The Spartans found some breathing room in the second quarter thanks to a 9-0 run in the first 2:50 to extend their lead to 28-17. Winnipeg was outscored 22-12 in the second quarter and went into the halftime break trailing 41-29.
Winnipeg who struggled from the field in the opening half shooting 36 percent, found their offense in the third quarter. Three pointers by first year guard Lena Wenke and fourth year guard Megan Noonan cut the lead to single digits (53-45) with just over three minutes remaining in the quarter. Winnipeg went on to outscore the Spartans 22-17 to trail 58-51 after three quarters.
In the fourth quarter Winnipeg drew even. Renetha Burton’s jumper with 6:00 minutes left tied the score at 63-63. After the score was tied at 66-66, baskets by Taylor Thorkelsson and a three pointer by Wenke gave Winnipeg a 71-66 lead with 1:37 left. The Spartans answered back with a two-pointer by Kayla Gordon followed by a three by Brown to tie the score at 71-71 setting up the dramatic finale.
The Spartans (2-3) and the Wesmen (1-4) will wrap up their two game series Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on Canadawest.tv.
Game Notes: Brown’s 31 points ties Tessa Ratzlaff for the most points in a game this season by a Spartan… Former Spartan Holly Strom had a 31-point night on Nov. 17, 2012 while Taylor Stuart holds the record of 35 points, which she scored on Nov. 4, 2005 against Regina…
THREE-POINT SHOTS MADE (2001-02 to present)
1 9 Jessie Brown TWU at Wpg 11-20-15
1 9 Caitlin Gooch Wpg at Bran 02-12-2011
1 9 Cassie Cooke Bran at Cgy Nov. 29, 2013
3 8 Tanya Hautala Cgy at Leth 11/26/2005 *
3 8 Tanya Hautala Cgy at Sask 02/25/2006
3 8 Katie Haworth TWU vs. Reg 01-02-2009
3 8 Kayla Klassen Man at Wpg 02-11-2010
3 8 Ashley Hill Cgy vs. Leth 10/29/2010
3 8 Jen Ju TRU vs. Cgy 01/29/2011