Only minor improvement for WolfPack women’s basketball

Coach was hopeful, but team didn’t make much of an improvement dropping three in Ontario

Karla Karcioglu, Roving Editor Ω

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The WolfPack women won one of the three games they played this weekend. Karla Karcioglu/The Omega

The TRU WolfPack women’s basketball team played an exhibition tournament beginning on Friday Oct. 11 at the Tournament Capital Centre (TCC). The games continued through the weekend, though the results were not what they’d hoped for.

The women took Friday’s game against the UBC-Okanagan Heat, 79-55, with the ‘Pack holding the lead throughout the first three quarters. The ‘Pack lost Saturday’s game to the Trinity Western Spartans 69-66, and lost Sunday’s game against the UNBC Timberwolves 79-66.

Overall, the weekend wasn’t much of an improvement for the team over last weekend’s three straight losses in Ontario.

The top scorer for the weekend was forward Kassie Colonna, scoring 23 points Friday, and 22 Sunday, while guard Jorri Duxbury scored 22 points on Saturday.

Head coach Scott Reeves said the team didn’t shoot the ball very well in the first half, hitting only 20 per cent of their shots, but they improved in the second half. He also said they struggled with rebounds throughout the game.

“We want to win the rebound war,” Reeves said, noting that he didn’t like being on even footing with the other team in terms of rebound statistics.

Reeves also said it was good to get some actual games played, rather than just practicing.

“I think the kids have been going at each other for long enough in practice. It was nice to play somebody else,” Reeves said, noting that it was also nice to play a home game with many of the players’ families in town for Thanksgiving.

Taiysa Worsfold, who was injured in a game against the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks in Waterloo the weekend of Oct. 5, was there to support her teammates however she could from the sidelines.

Worsfold said her team started slow and they are still getting used to playing in their own gym, but that she was impressed with her team’s energy in the third quarter.

Worsfold hopes to rejoin her team in the next few weeks.

The team’s home opener will be Nov. 1 against the Saskatchewan Huskies at the TCC.