WolfPack women take basketball division title

The ‘Pack claims their division’s regular season title after 14 wins in a row

Thanks to a weekend win over Mount Royal University, the WolfPack women have secured first spot in their division.

“Hosting a playoff spot was one of our goals and after all the work we have done to get here, it felt amazing to have won that game,” said guard Michelle Bos.

The win also gave them the explorer division title since they are now unable to fall out of first place, despite there being two games of regular season play left.

Team captain Jorri Duxbury scored 10 points on Friday night against Mount Royal. (TRU Athletics)

Team captain Jorri Duxbury scored 10 points on Friday night against Mount Royal. (TRU Athletics)

Gaining the division title also gives the ‘Pack a bye into the quarter finals, which they will host for the first time in the team’s history beginning on Feb. 27 and ending on Mar. 1.

After such a long winning streak, the weekend win didn’t come as a surprise, but it still took teamwork and strong offence to achieve it.

The top scorers of Friday night were Bos with 25 points, Sarah Malate with 11 points and team captain Jorri Duxbury with 10 points.

“The entire team added to that win. I couldn’t have scored 25 points if my team hadn’t been setting me up and making the passes,” Bos said. “That’s what I love about our team, every win is a true team effort.”

The team’s ultimate goal is to make it to nationals, but they are keeping smaller goals along the way, like winning their last two regular season games, which would put them at 19 and 1.

“We still have some work to do with finishing off the rest of the season. We’re not giving up on that yet. We still want to play well next week but we’re pretty excited,” said head coach Scott Reeves. “We’re just fine tuning our offence and taking care of the basketball and defending hard and rebounding.”

The ‘Pack will play their last two games of the regular season on Feb. 13 and 14 against the University of Fraser Valley Cascades, a team they beat twice in November.

After the regular season wraps up the ‘Pack will have a weekend to rest while they wait for the quarter-finals.

MacEwan University and the University of the Fraser Valley will also move on to the playoffs, having clinched the second and third spots in the explorer division.

The Universities of Alberta, Regina, Saskatchewan, Calgary, Winnipeg, Victoria and UBC will be moving onto playoffs from the Pioneer division.