Kamloops, BC—Fans of the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack women’s basketball team, this weekend will be their final time to see them in person.
The WolfPack play their final two Canada West regular season home games on Friday and Saturday (Feb 3-4) when the University of Calgary Dinos come to the Tournament Capital Centre.
Thompson Rivers enters the weekend with a 2-14 record while Calgary is at .500 (8-8).
“Our schedule has been tough but we have continued to battle,” says WolfPack head coach Scott Reeves. “It has been difficult in terms of wins and losses but we are making some traction with our young group and we hope to continue it with the Calgary weekend.”
Reeves saw some optimistic things last weekend despite dropping a pair of games to the Cascades at Fraser Valley. “We competed for both games. Being down 20 with three minutes to go on Friday and mounting a bit of a comeback was a positive for us.”
He adds: “I think we are starting to take care of the ball better. We were turning it over as many as 30 times a game before Christmas. We are handling pressure better. We are starting to shoot the ball better scoring more on our average last Saturday which was nice to see. The resiliency is better. That takes time to build up. That continuous fight. We could have ‘folded the tent’ but we didn’t.”
When he looks ahead to the Dinos, Reeves states: “They love to run and can score inside out. They play with pace and we need to control the basketball.”
The Pack have been working hard in practice on matching up in transition. “We aren’t going to able to allow them any easy baskets,” the WolfPack coach adds.
The WolfPack have only one fourth year player (Shenise Sigsworth, Kamloops, BC) and five third year players (Michelle Bos, Surrey, BC; Audrey Rankin, Upper Marlboro, MD, USA along with three Kamloops, BC players: Kanesha Reeves, Emma Piggin and Emily Vilac). It’s been a trying year for them.
“A third year is not a veteran, “he says. “ They are still learning how to get things done. Shenise is fourth year and certainly she has been more of a stabilizing factor in terms of consistency. She shows up every night and flirts with that “double-double” type of numbers which is good. The inconsistency of first and second year players is tough to overcome. They are gaining valuable experience but we have missed that leadership that fourth and fifth year kids provide.”
Game times this weekend are 6 pm on Friday and 5 pm on Saturday.
Both can be seen on a pay-per-view basis on www.CanadaWesttv.com .
DOUBLE DRIBBLES: Statistically, Piggin leads the WolfPack averaging 11.7 points per game followed by Bos at 10.3. Chelsey Hoey (2nd year, forward, Parksville, BC) is the top rebounder at 8 per game (average).
The WolfPack close out the Canada West regular season next weekend (Feb 11-12) in Regina against the Cougars.