The WolfPack women’s basketball team comes into the season hoping to repeat the success of what was a historic season last year. Two benchmarks were set in 2014: the women won their first CIS division title, and also hosted the first playoff series in school history.
The roster heading into this season looks much the same as that historic team. Jori Duxbury was the only graduating player and although her offensive spark will be missed, Head Coach Scott Reeves knows that other players are capable of stepping up to replace her.
“I think Kas (Kassie Colonna) is going to be a huge piece for us, her skillsets improved, I would look for her to have a number of big nights. I think Taiysa Worsfold is going to evolve as a scorer for us and I think Emma Piggin’s experience overseas playing with the national team is going to be counted on,” Reeves said.
Piggin was just one of the rookies on the team last year that were a part of what Reeves described as “a very special recruiting class, there’s no doubt. You don’t get one of those every single year.”
Emily Vilac, Michelle Bos and Kanesha Reeves were the other members of that class and as second-years they are all poised to contribute even more this season than in their terrific rookie campaigns. Bos stood out in particular: she was one of the top five first-years in the nation last year, being named to the CIS all-rookie team, and finishing tied for second in the country with 11.3 rebounds per game.
A statement that is sure to strike fear into the hearts of other teams in the Explorer division is that Reeves feels that this team has the ability to be even stronger offensively than last year’s edition, which finished fourth overall in the country in points per game with 73.7.
The team enters the season with their coach laying out the goal of “win our division and host another playoff series.”
A repeat of that division win is not something that the team is taking for granted however, as Reeves is aware that all of the teams in the division are going to come back improved and ready to knock off the reigning champions.
Preseason hasn’t exactly gotten off to a blazing start for TRU as they currently have a record of four wins and five losses, including dropping all three games they played in an exhibition tournament in Ontario. Those results must be taken with a grain of salt however, as they have played “probably one of the toughest preseason schedules we have ever had,” according to Reeves.
The regular season schedule gets underway Nov. 6 in Prince George with back-to-back games against the University of Northern British Columbia Timberwolves. The WolfPack’s home opener will be Nov. 20 when they take on the Grant MacEwan Griffins.