WolfPack basketball wins three of four on opening weekend

Adam Williams, Sports Editor Ω

The WolfPack basketball program won three of four game against the University of Northern B.C. (UNBC) Timberwolves this weekend at Tournament Capital Centre. The women won both of their games and sit at 2-0 after opening weekend, the men at 1-1.

Women’s basketball coach Scott Reeves was happy with the results of the weekend, especially in a high-pressure situation.

“It took us a little bit to get going,” Reeves said in a TRU Athletics press release. “I think there was a little bit of nerves with lots of family around ready to watch the young kids.  We had our veterans step up.”

The women won their Nov. 2 game by a score of 78-61 and followed it up Nov. 3 with a 83-62 victory. Post Diane Schuetze led the team with 46 points on the weekend and was trailed closely by point guard Jenny Ju who had 42 points.

“That is what your fifth year seniors are supposed to do,” Reeves said. “ [Schuetze] is our captain, she is our leader. She has great hands. She has worked on her game for a long time and she is definitely a big talent. She stepped up for us.”

The men lost a close match to UNBC Nov. 2 night, 69-67 but bounced back with a 73-68 win Nov. 3. The WolfPack’s ability to bounce back from a tough loss shows the heart the team has.

“It’s nice to get [the first win],” WolfPack head coach Scott Clark told TRU Athletics. “ I am just happy for the fellas. We would like to be 2-and-0 obviously. It is great to get in week number one.  We can relish on this for a little bit before we move on.”

Guard Brett Rouault lead the team with 25 points and 3 assists in 37 minutes of game action on Nov. 3.

“He made some good shots,” Clark said of Rouault. “Most of them were open looks.  When he has his feet set, it’s a good shot and he made them. He has been pretty good all this year. Yesterday, the stats weren’t that great but I thought today he played the way he is capable of playing.”

Both teams will now head to Vancouver to face off against the University of B.C. Thunderbirds. The Thunderbirds were the Canada West women’s basketball champions in 2011-12.