Kamloops BC: The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack women’s basketball continued to tune up for the 2016-17 Canada West regular season on Saturday (Oct 15).
The ‘Pack hosted the MacEwan University Griffins on the Warner Rentals court at the Tournament Capital Centre and beat them 51-44
The WolfPack rested a number of their players but got all 10 that dressed into the game. TRU was up 30-23 at the half. MacEwan outscored the ‘Pack 12-11 in the second quarter and 11-8 in the fourth quarter.
Paige Knull 15 points 5 rebs (all on defence) 5-6 (FG-FGA), 2-2 (3 pt FG-FGA) 3-4 (FT-FTA) 30 mins
Kerilynn MacLennan 10 points 7 rebs (all on defence) 2-5 (FG-FGA) 29 mins
Shenise Sigsworth 13 points 4 reb (3 on offense) 6-14 (FG-FGA),1-2 ( 3 pt FG-FGA) 2 assists 1 steal 27 mins
Chelsey Hoey 11 points 11 reb (8 on defense) 3-11 (FG-FGA) 5-6 (FT-FTA) 2 assists 5 steals in 30 mins
Emma Piggin 9 points 5 reb (4 on defense) 3-14 (FG-FGA) 1-6 (3 pt FG-FGA), 2-2 (FT-FTA) 1 block 1 steal 27 mins
TRU head coach Scott Reeves
On what he liked about his team: “I liked the effort. The execution wasn’t what it should be at this stage but it is early. You won’t win too many games by scoring 51 points. It had to be a team effort. We are down Michelle (Bos, 3rd year, guard, Surrey, BC). She is a key to our offensive flow. We didn’t score that many points but team defense is something we stress. I was proud of everyone on that end.”
On performance of Chelsey Hoey (2nd year forward, Parksville, BC): “I thought she had a terrific off season. She trained real hard. She was definitely a highlight for us tonight. It proves what could happen in one off season when you worked as hard as she did.”
MacEwan head coach Katherine Adams
On what she liked about her team: “I like that we fought. We came to fight. We had a few lapses in the game, especially in the start of the fourth quarter. We didn’t come out to start the game as well as I would have wanted. We had a lot of young kids getting some experience today and they really, really battled.”
Where is her team in the development process: “Many people would look at our roster and say we have a new head coach coming in and we lost two Canada West all-stars and it would be a ‘rebuild’. I think we have a good core of athletes. They are here putting in the time. They are doing everything we ask of them. We aren’t as far in development as some other teams who have been together for a while. We have nine new people and it takes time to adjust. We are getting better every day. I couldn’t ask for any more than that.”
The WolfPack head to Carleton University in Ottawa next week for their final exhibition tournament of the year. MacEwan has two weeks off before the start of the Canada West regular season.
TRU will entertain the UBC Thunderbirds in their home opening/season opening weekend November 4-5 on the Warner Rentals Court at the TCC. Tip off on Friday November 4th will be 6 pm.
MacEwan visits the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns on November 4-5th to start the year.