The season is done and dusted for the TRU women’s basketball team, after they lost two straight games in a best-of-three series against the University of Alberta Pandas.
After finishing the season second in the Explorer Division, TRU received a bye through the first round of the playoffs only to come up against the Pandas, a team that finished the year with 17 wins and third place in the extremely competitive Pioneer Division.
“Alberta is a very good team and have a lot of skill and experience with their guards. We are going to have to really focus on keeping them in front of us and not getting beat off the bounce, as well as challenging all of their shots. So a big key is defence,” TRU guard Emma Piggin said before the series began.
Unfortunately for TRU, both the defence and the offence went missing for the team in the series opener. They trailed the Pandas from beginning to end, eventually losing the game 77–48.
It would have been easy for the ‘Pack to hang their heads and just go through the motions after a devastating loss like that but the team battled back and refused to go quietly in the second game of the series.
Playing much better on both ends of the court, TRU took a two-point lead into halftime and kept things close throughout the second half of the contest before eventually falling 62–56.
“I was really proud of our girls in how they competed after a tough loss last night. There are some great people in our program and their character showed tonight,” said head coach Scott Reeves after the loss.
In what was their last game with the ‘Pack, graduating players Kassie Colonna and Taiysa Worsfold led the way offensively with 20 and 15 points respectively.
Worsfold was a leader both on and off the court for the ‘Pack throughout her five years with the team. She finished her last season with the team fourth in scoring.
Colonna provided a vital inside presence for the ‘Pack during her time with the team. The 6’ 2” forward led the team in scoring, rebounding and blocks this year.
Also graduating from the ‘Pack this year are Sarah Malate and Jenna Quinton. Malate was one of the most dangerous three-point shooters for the ‘Pack, while Quinton played in eleven games this season before suffering a career-ending injury.