Hard Fought: Women’s basketball season comes to an end after a tough loss

After three close games and their first- ever playoff win, the WolfPack women drop their final game to the UVic Vikes

Two evenly matched teams, the WolfPack and the UVic Vikes, left it all on the court on the weekend of Feb. 28 in their fight to move on to Canada West’s final four, but in the end the ‘Pack fell short of advancing.

“It sucks being that close, but it’s nice to know you left everything on the court, and Jorri had a great last night… but it definitely hurts,” said team captain Taiysa Worsfold.

Team captain Taiysa Worsfold shoots for three during Game 2. (Sean Brady/The Omega)

Team captain Taiysa Worsfold shoots for three during Game 2. (Sean Brady/The Omega)

Sole fifth-year player Jorri Duxbury played her last game as a WolfPack athlete on Saturday. She went out with a bang, scoring 22 points, grabbing eight rebounds, throwing three assists and stealing once.

“I felt really confident going in. We knew we had to give it everything we had and that was my main focus,” Duxbury said.

The entire weekend was a battle between the teams. The ‘Pack lost by three points on Thursday night but made a comeback on Friday. Worsfold scored a three-point basket with less than five seconds left, pushing the game into overtime and allowing the WolfPack women to pull ahead and win their first-ever playoff game. They hoped for a repeat of their success on Saturday night, but it didn’t work out that way.

“It came down to making shots and getting stops. There were crucial points where we weren’t able to execute on offence, and in that tight of a game every possession is so important,” Duxbury said.

The ‘Pack was up by one point on Saturday when Vikes player Shay Crisp, a fourth-year point guard, made a three point shot with two seconds left on the clock. The Vikes won the game 77 – 75 and move onto the Canada West final four.

“TRU’s a great team and all three games were super close, but I never stopped believing in my team,” Crisp said.

Despite their fall out of the playoffs, the ‘Pack played a season they can be proud of. They finished the season with a 19-4 record and put their first-ever playoff win under their belt. They also made history when they scored over 100 points two nights in a row against UBC Okanagan in January.

The team’s focus now turns to next year.

“I’m excited for what’s next. We’ve got a huge spot to fill with Jorri and I don’t think any other player can fill her role,” Worsfold said. “Every year we’ve been building on our success from the previous year. We just got to keep moving forward and next year hopefully make final four.”