The TRU women’s basketball team came into the 2015/16 season with expectations of success from both within and outside the team. With the regular season now in the rearview mirror it is a case of a job well done so far, but there’s plenty more work left to do for the ‘Pack.
TRU came into the season as the reigning division champion and with a roster that only lost one player from the year before they hit the ground running, recording four straight wins before facing their first real obstacle of the season in the form of the Grant MacEwan Griffins. MacEwan would storm onto the TCC court winning both games.
Showing their veteran presence TRU rebounded to win nine of their next ten games, including returning the favour to MacEwan by taking both games that the teams played in Edmonton. Those wins wouldn’t be enough for TRU to capture the division title however, as they won only two of their last four games to finish the year second in the Explorer division. They now face a tough road match-up with the University of Alberta in the playoffs.
The team has found its success through the combination of a balanced scoring attack, a stifling defence and strong rebounding. The ‘Pack have three players that average double digits in points-per-game and are able to combine a strong paint presence while also spreading the floor and attempting more three-pointers than any other team in the conference.
Men: First ever division title has TRU in good position heading into playoffs
The 2015/16 version of the men’s TRU WolfPack basketball team was able to do something that they had never accomplished before, capture a banner as the Explorer division champions. The ‘Pack finished last year in third place of the Explorers division but a playoff series victory over the University of Winnipeg showed what the team was truly capable of.
The team was dominant right from the start of the season, losing only twice in their first 16 games. Their winning ways led to them receiving national recognition, as they spent seven weeks ranked in the CIS top ten.
Winning the division also guaranteed TRU a bye through the first round of the playoffs and home-court advantage when they host the Regina Cougars in round two.
TRU boasts a three-headed monster on offence with Reese Pribilsky scoring 12 points per game as well as getting the ball in the hands of Josh Wolfram and Volodymyr Iegorov, who both rank in the top five in the conference in points per game.
TRU doesn’t just get it done on one side of the court though, they have also allowed the fewest points per game of any team in the whole of Canada West.
Both teams get the post-season underway March 3, with the women in Edmonton to play the University of Alberta while the men host the Regina Cougars.