Dropped three, but not “in the dumps”

WolfPack women’s basketball has poor showing in Ontario, but is hopeful for home play next weekend

Adam Williams, Sports Editor Ω

They didn’t count for anything, but the first three games of the WolfPack women’s basketball team’s preseason were certainly eye-openers.

Taiysa Worsfold, guard for the WolfPack women's basketball team, went down with a knee injury in Friday's game against the Wilfred Laurier Golden Hawks in Waterloo, Ont. Her status for this week's tournament is not yet known.

Taiysa Worsfold, guard for the WolfPack women’s basketball team, went down with a knee injury in Friday’s game against the Wilfred Laurier Golden Hawks in Waterloo, Ont. Her status for this week’s tournament is not yet known.

The women travelled to Ontario on the weekend of Oct. 5 to play three games against teams from Ontario University Athletics (OUA). The ‘Pack lost all three of the matchups – 66-55 to the Wilfred Laurier Golden Hawks in Waterloo, Ont. on Friday, 63-60 to the Western Ontario Mustangs in London, Ont. on Saturday, and 84-60 to the Brock University Badgers in St. Catherines, Ont. on Sunday.

The weekend’s travel – about 8,000 kilometres – coupled with the physical nature of play in the OUA, was a dose of reality for some of the team’s players, WolfPack head coach Scott Reeves said.

“I think we showed our youth,” he said Monday. “I think the travel was tough on some of those freshmen who aren’t used to going that great of distance and having to play right away.”

Reeves added that he saw a lot of good things in the way the WolfPack played in its first three exhibition games – the women are adjusting to the offensive system and adapting to a style of play that is new to many of them. On the defensive side of the ball however, there’s still work to be done.

“Defensively we still need to work on our rotations and keeping people in front of us,” Reeves said. “It’s a much more physical game at the CIS level than a high school level and some of our young kids are realizing that sooner rather than later.”

He praised the play of freshmen Ryan Kennedy and Sid Williams and said sophomore Kassie Colonna put up some solid numbers, including a double-double against Western. The weekend’s news wasn’t all good however, guard Taiysa Worsfold was injured in the team’s opening game against Wilfred Laurier and didn’t play for the rest of the weekend.

“She hurt her knee in the Laurier game,” Reeves said, adding that he didn’t yet know the prognosis or if there was reason to be concerned. Worsfold is expected to be a significant piece of the puzzle for the WolfPack this season and it would be a significant blow to the team should she be out for an extensive period.

Despite the setbacks and the three losses, Reeves said he’s cautiously optimistic heading into this week’s tournament at the Tournament Capital Centre, which the WolfPack will play host to.

“I’m not going to start celebrating too early and I’m not going to say we’re totally in the dumps,” he said. “We definitely have room to improve and I think we can compete with all these teams here this weekend.”

The tournament will begin on Friday, Oct. 11, with the WolfPack facing off against the UBC-Okanagan Heat at 5 p.m. TRU will play Trinity Western University on Saturday at 6 p.m., and the University of Northern British Columbia Timberwolves at 11 a.m. on Sunday. All games will be held at the Tournament Capital Centre.