LANGLEY, British Columbia – Playing last year’s OUA silver medallists, the Spartans women’s basketball team put together a strong effort but came up just short, as Trinity Western lost 71-68 to Ottawa Friday at the Langley Events Centre.


The Spartans outscored the Gee-Gees 17-6 in the first quarter, but the visitors clawed their way back into the game, before eventually taking the lead in the final frame and holding on for the win.


TWU held a 33-29 hafltime lead and was up by four, 59-55, midway through the fourth quarter, but a seasoned Gee-Gees team – one that played in last year’s national championship tournament – found a way to fight back and pick up the preseason win.


“We played a very tough opponent today and it was a battle right through to the end,” said Spartans coach Cheryl Jean-Paul. “We had some really great stretches for this early in the preseason. It was great to see our defence create scoring opportunities that we were able to take advantage of at the free throw line and from beyond the arc. We had a strong game and we showed lots of positives in which to build upon.”


TWU’s next game against a CIS opponent is Oct. 12 when the Spartans host Windsor at 4:30 p.m. (PT) at the David E. Enarson Gym on campus.