PRINCE GEORGE, British Columbia – Jesse Brown’s team-high 21 points helped the Trinity Western women’s basketball team to a 68-61 win over the UNBC Timberwolves Friday night at the Charles Jago Northern Sport Centre.
Brown (Langley, B.C.) was a powerful force from the around the perimeter, knocking down five of 11 shots from the three-point arc as TWU improved to 4-1 in Canada West play. The four wins in five games marks the quickest TWU has ever made it to the four-win mark. Going back to last year, the Spartans have won eight of their last nine regular season games.
“There was a definitely a momentum exchange throughout the game,” said Brown after the game. “They were very aggressive (on defence) they took away some of our looks so we had to work the offensive boards and rebound our missed shots, but we got it done.”
It was the Timberwolves fifth-straight loss of the season who are now 0-5.
Forwards Tessa Ratzlaff (Abbotsford, B.C.) and Kayla Gordon (Prince George, B.C.) also contributed to the Spartans attack with 17 points each. Gordon was the team’s top rebounder, collecting seven shots off the glass.
Timberwolves second-year forward Maria Mongomo led UNBC’s offence with 21 points and seven rebounds. Freshman Madison Landry was next with 10 points.
“Today was a great battle,” said Spartans coach Cheryl Jean-Pau. “We were able to sustain the tempo we wanted early and even when they pushed back in the second half, we found answers. Our goal was to disrupt them and take away some of their best looks and I thought we followed the game plan. Tomorrow is another battle and we’ll be ready for that as well.”
The Spartans held a nine-point lead, 39-30 at the half which they maintained until Timberwolves fifth-year forward Preety Nijjar hit a jump shot and Stacey Graham hit a three to narrow TWU’s lead to four.
Brown then went to work, knocking in a pair of threes to go along with a two-point lay-up and the Spartans took a 54-45 lead into the fourth quarter.
The Spartans maintained control in the fourth quarter until the final buzzer.
It was a back and forth battle in the first quarter. Brown drained a pair of shots from the three-point arc to spark a 7-0 Spartans run as they held a narrow 16-15 lead after the first quarter.
Early in the second quarter, TWU went on another 6-0 run before Mongomo hit a jumper and then dropped a three-pointer to narrow the Spartans lead to two points. TWU rebounded and outscored UNBC 17-8 for the remainder of the quarter to take a nine-point halftime lead.
The two teams clash again tomorrow night at 5 p.m. at the Charles Jago Northern Sport Centre in Prince George
Game Notes: UNBC had a better shooting percentage from the field – 40 per cent to TWU’s 38. 6 per cent…UNBC also had a 43-28 edge in rebounds…TWU had only 14 turnovers compared to UNBC’s 23.