Women’s basketball sweep Victoria in final home weekend

Supporters cheer as the women's basketball team wins their final home game last Saturday niht at the TCC. PHOTO BY HUGO YUEN

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The Victoria Vikes got off the bus at the Tournament Capital Center (TCC) on Friday with a 15-5 record, and left town at 15-7 thanks to a weekend sweep by the ‘Pack.

In a season full of firsts, this past weekend saw another for the TRU WolfPack women’s basketball program.

It was the first time in the team’s six year history that they swept the Vikes, and head coach Scott Reeves says it was the biggest pair of wins he’s been a part of with the team.

“Every year we have had steps that we have had to make.  There has been a win here and a win there.  This is certainly sweet against a team like Victoria,” said Reeves.

“They are a former number one this year and have a rich history of having great teams and winning national championships.  It is a great accomplishment and I am very proud of the kids.”

Fifth year forward Kayla Forsyth was playing in her final home game for the pack, and came out with an exceptional to end her time at TRU, scoring both the game’s fist points and it’s last.

She totaled 18 points and six rebounds in 22 minutes on the court to be named the TRU Bookstore Leader of the ‘Pack Player of the Game.

“I just really wanted to leave it all on the court tonight,” said Forsyth after her final home game for the ‘Pack.

“Sweeping Victoria is just the cherry on top. It was a good finish to five years.”

The team now travels to UBC to take on the Thunderbirds to end their record-setting season on Feb. 11 and 12.

With another strong weekend down on the coast, the ‘Pack could still qualify for the Canada West playoffs, as they currently sit in the eighth position, with the top eight teams making the playoffs, but with Fraser Valley (UFV) only one win back, and with an extra weekend still to play, the ‘Pack likely needs another sweep to keep their spot in the playoffs.

UFV also matches up against the struggling 4-16 Lethbridge Pronghorns and then ends their season in two weeks back at home against the winless Brandon Bobcats, so even with another sweep, the ‘Pack needs a lot of help keeping their eighth position.

Even if they don’t manage to make the playoffs, this year’s team has been an impressive step forward in the franchise’s development.

Kayla Forsyth, poses with her team after her final home game with the wolfpacks after 5 years with the program.