Successful weekend for WolfPack basketball

Adam Williams, Sports Editor Ω

Both the men’s and women’s basketball teams secured wins in their final home games of 2012.

The women lost 84-64 to the University of Regina Cougars Nov. 23 but came back with a resounding win Nov. 24, 73-35 over the Brandon University Bobcats.

The men go out winning three of 2012’s four home games, with back-to-back wins at the Tournament Capital Centre, 78-64 over the University of Regina Cougars and 88-80 against the Brandon University Bobcats.

“To the guys’ credit, they showed enough toughness at money time when we were able to bear down and do our jobs,” men’s basketball coach Scott Clark told TRU Athletics. “That is what the game is—a process of doing your job. Sometimes they score against your best pitch but if you keep throwing it inning after inning, pitch after pitch, hitter after hitter things are going to work out for you.”

With two wins this weekend the men still sit in the bottom half of the standings. The team has struggled to win on the road, which put them in a hole early, but the team’s recent winning streak has brought them to .500 on the season. Should the team fare well against the University of Winnipeg and the University of Manitoba next weekend they might be able to finish in the top half of Canada West’s Pacific division.

Despite losing their first game of the weekend, the women recovered to win handily against Brandon University Nov. 24, outscoring the Bobcats by nearly 40 points. The win, coupled with a pair of losses by the University of British Columbia, allowed the women to move into third place in the Pacific division.

The large gap in score against Brandon allowed head coach Scott Reeves to work in some of his younger players and rest the team’s veterans.

“It’s this point of the season where fatigue can set in,” Reeves told TRU Athletics. “ With that comes injury. There is no reason for us to get them. We have to get those young kids in to get playing experience but there is no sense in going with people who have had to play extended minutes over the past couple of weeks when you don’t have to.”

The women will be eyeing another jump in the standings next weekend when they take on the University of Manitoba and the University of Winnipeg, both low-ranking teams in Canada West’s Prairie division. Should the WolfPack win both their games and the University of Victoria lose to the undefeated University of Calgary Dinos and the University of Lethbridge, the ‘Pack would lock up the number two position before the holidays.