Third quarter collapse costs WolfPack in women’s basketball

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PRINCE GEORGE, BC—The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack gave up 25 points in the third quarter and wound up dropping their first Canada West women’s basketball game of 2019.

The WolfPack fell 78-55 to the University of Northern British Columbia Timberwolves Friday (Jan 4).

TRU falls to 4-7 on the season while the T-wolves move to 7-4.

UNBC had four players in double figures led by Alina Shakirova with 18 points.

TRU had only one player in double figures. Kanesha Reeves (4th year, guard, Kamloops, BC) had 11.

SYNOPSIS

The WolfPack were outscored in every quarter-down by three (17-14 ) after the first period.  They were outgunned by eight in the second quarter,  by 18 in the third period.  TRU outscored the Timberwolves 22-15 in the  fourth quarter.

UNBC’s bench had 25 points compared to 16 for the WolfPack.   The Timberwolves also had 34 points in the paint compared to 20 for Thompson Rivers and scored 18 points off turnovers compared to nine for the Pack.

The newest member of the Pack: Courtney Sampson (forward, Edmonton, AB) played three minutes in her Canada West debut notching one assist and one offensive rebound.

KEY STATS:

THOMPSON RIVERS

Kanesha Reeves: 11 points, 3 defensive rebounds, 2 assists in 27 min

Michelle Bos: 8 points, 4 rebounds (3 def) in 24 mins

Leilani Carney:  8 points, 6 rebounds (4 def) in 32 mins

Jordon Haggerty:  7 points, 8 rebounds (2 def) in 27 mins

UNBC:

Alina Shakiraova: 18 points, 7 rebounds (5 def) in 20 mins

Maria Mongomo: 16 points, 8 rebounds (7 def), 5 steals in 26 mins

Madison Landry: 13 points, 6 assists, 3 def rebound, 2 steals in 31 mins

Vasiliki Louka: 11 points, 16 rebounds (14 def), 3 blocks, 2 assists in 33 mins

 

SCORE BY PERIODS:

UNBC:   17   21   25   15  —78

TRU:      14   12    7    22  — 55

 

TURNOVERS:

TRU:  13   UNBC: 11

 

RECORDS:

UNBC: 7-4  TRU  4-7

THEY SAID IT (post game quotes):

TRU  head coach Scott Reeves:

On the Contest:

“I thought we competed hard for most of the game. We certainly didn’t shoot the ball the way we are capable of. We had a cold spell in the second quarter. In the third quarter, they really turned it on and had us on our heels. We entered the fourth and pushed the tempo and brought it back a bit. We need to shoot the ball better tomorrow.”

UP NEXT:

The WolfPack and Timberwolves will square off again tomorrow (Sat Jan 5) at the Northern Sports Center.  Thompson Rivers will be on the road again next weekend (Jan 11-12) as they go to Winnipeg to face the Wesmen.  TRU then returns home to the Tournament Capital Centre for the first time in 2019 on Friday, January 18 th when the will play host to the University of Regina Cougars. Tip off will be 5 pm.