Women’s basketball has climbed to the top of the Explorer Division in Canada West
The ‘Pack, currently at the top of its division, has seven wins and one loss since the season opened on Nov. 7.
The WolfPack downed the Mount Royal University Cougars twice over the weekend of Nov. 28, winning their games 75-63 and 63-46.
One of the reasons the ‘Pack is seeing success is due to its powerful starting line up.
Jorri Duxbury, in her fifth and final year of eligibility with the ‘Pack, scored 19 points in the first game against the Cougars, above her average of 12.1 points per game. She has made 26 steals since the season opened, the most in the division.
“The actual numbers aren’t on my mind, but that’s just the way I like to play, to play hard and go for steals,” Duxbury said. “This is it, so you have to just give it all you got. It’s the last time I’ll be here.”
Taiysa Worsfold, in her fourth year of eligibility, is fifth in the division in free throws, going 34-43. Worsfold scored 21 points on the first night and 16 points on the second night against the Cougars. She currently averages 15.8 points-per-game, the eighth highest in the division.
“Our goal this year is to host a playoff spot or a playoff game series. We’d have to come first in our division,” she said.
The ‘Pack has made it to playoffs for the last three seasons, but has yet to place first in the division and host its own playoff game.
Another powerful player on the team is Michelle Bos, the only one of five rookies with a starting spot.
“I definitely had to prove myself. During the pre-season coach pushed everyone really, really hard and everyone was working to get a starting spot,” she said.
“I think I just fit into the offence and well into the team. I just fit a role and that’s what they needed right now.”
On the ‘Pack’s first night against the Cougars, Bos scored 12 points and had 12 rebounds. She received a 3rd star on Nov. 17 from Canada West for her game play. She is currently 2nd in the division for rebounds, with 12.6 rebounds per game and 101 rebounds in total.
“You work off each other so much. One person can’t completely change a team. One person doesn’t score 60 points in a game ever. For somebody to score one point somebody else has got to pass them the ball or move off their screen,” Bos said.
A notable game for Bos was on Nov. 22 against the University of Fraser Valley Cascades. With 26 seconds left and a tied score, Bos made a pull up shot and won the game, giving the WolfPack a score of 72-70 and putting the ‘Pack at the top of the Explorer Division.
“That shot, like the pull up, it’s something that I’ve been working on a lot with my coach. I knew I had the ability to make that shot and I just had the confidence from all the practice and time I’d put in,” Bos said.
Duxbury said Bos fits in well with the team, as do all the new recruits.
“They’re a talented group of kids. The Kamloops kids knew our offense coming in, so they already had some experience. It was a smooth transition for them,” Duxbury said.
Both Duxbury and Worsfold agreed that playing in the new Explorer Division is better for travelling, but it’s just as challenging on the court.
“It’s too bad that we’re called the lower league. People think of us like that but it’s not at all, it’s just good competition and it’s just as much of a battle every weekend,” Duxbury said.
The WolfPack will play 12 more games before the post-season begins. If they make it to the end of the season while at the top of their division, the ‘Pack will accomplish their goal and get to host their first playoff game.