Brenden Escott, WolfPack Communications
KAMLOOPS, B.C.—The WolfPack women’s basketball team ought to have taken preseason surfing lessons because they’ll be riding a massive wave of momentum heading into this weekend’s clash on home court with the Mount Royal University Cougars.
The ‘Pack went out on the road and took two of two games from the division leading MacEwan University Griffins last weekend to put themselves right back into contention for the Explorer Division title.
“It is nice to win on the road anytime but with what was at stake this past weekend, for us to get those two wins was huge for our program. It gives us confidence heading into a playoff push,” said TRU Head Coach Scott Reeves.
Reeves’ team enters this weekend with an 8-3 record which has them tied for second in the Explorer Division with a game in hand over the 9-3 Griffins.
The WolfPack are back on home court for the first time in 2016 and are hosting a Mount Royal squad who currently sit at the bottom of the division with a 1-11 record.
Coach Reeves isn’t taking this weekend lightly, despite the lopsided records.
“We always talk about doing things the right way and in our league you can never take a night off. The team knows that,” Reeves said.
Rebounding could prove to be a deciding factor between these two teams—TRU is second in Canada West in that statistical category while Mount Royal is 15th out of 17 teams.
Despite taking on a Cougars team that has dropped four consecutive games, Reeves has no immediate plans to incorporate his role players more than usual.
“We take each game one quarter at a time. I don’t have any plans ahead of a game as to who is getting what kind of minutes.”
The ‘Pack are in the part of the season where every game becomes increasingly important, especially with the division title race wide open. The UBCO Heat
are in Prince George this weekend taking on the 2-10 UNBC Timberwolves, while MacEwan is in tough against the University of the Fraser Valley on the road.
“Anyone in our division can beat anyone. UNBC just beat UFV last weekend so each team must prepare like they can be beat on any given night,” Reeves said.
“Every game is important. We approach each weekend as must-wins.”
The Cougars and WolfPack will do battle on the Warner Rentals court at the Tournament Capital Centre at 6pm on Friday, January 22nd and 5pm on Saturday, January 23rd.
Following this weekend the WolfPack play host to the UBCO Heat, with whom they share an 8-3 record this season, in a Saturday afternoon affair on January 30th at 2pm. That game will likely prove to be crucial in deciding how the playoff picture plays out.