Kamloops, BC—The curtain comes down on the 2016-17 Canada West women’s basketball season for the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack this weekend. The WolfPack (2-16) will face the Cougars at the University of Regina (15-3) on Friday and Saturday (Feb 10-11).
The season hasn’t been one to remember for the WolfPack who dressed likely their youngest team in recent memory. They had no fifth year players and only one fourth year. Coach Scott Reeves admits that it has been challenging. “It is always tough to lose games for everyone involved with our program but we have not quit and continue to work hard and give ourselves chances.”
Case in point: last Saturday (Feb 4th) against the University of Calgary where the WolfPack came out with a strong second half. “When you try and build and improve it takes a team effort. Everyone has jobs to do. Coaches have to coach and student athletes have to be students and athletes. We are starting to understand what our jobs are and how to accomplish doing our jobs to the best of our ability.”
Reeves says his youthful crew has made strides this season. “We have continues to show fruits of our hard work by staying in games. The next step is coming together as a team and winning those games we are just staying in.
He knows that they will have all they can handle again this weekend with Regina. “They are a terrific model of how to build a program. They have lots of local talent. They had a big loss in Charlotte Kot getting injured and have continued to rise to as high as #1 in the country. They are a very good basketball team. We are going to have our hands full with their bigs and need to contain their ability to get to the basket.”
On paper, the WolfPack will lose none of their current roster going into next season. Reeves and assistant coach Chuck Ferguson have already signed a number of top recruits out of high school: Alley Corrado (5’7” guard, Kelowna, BC-Kelowna Secondary/Jr. Heat), Madison Dickie ( 5’8” wing, Kelowna, BC-Kelowna Secondary/Jr Heat) and Megan Rouault (5’8” forward, Vernon, BC-Vernon Secondary/Jr Heat) with more announcements to come in the next few weeks.