Thursday July 10, 2014






T-Birds take down WolfPack

The TRU WolfPack women's basketball team may have taken "Retro Night" a little too seriously Friday.

Playing in front of a peppy crowd at TRU Gym, the WolfPack lost 74-58 to the UBC Thunderbirds. TRU and UBC will have a rematch tonight, 5 o'clock, also at TRU.

The WolfPack (5-6) had to leave its regular digs, the Tournament Capital Centre, to make room for the Western Canadian Age Class Wrestling Tournament, which continues throughout the weekend.

That meant the weekend Canada West games had to be moved to TRU Gym, where the WolfPack played until 2007, and game-night organizers advertised Friday as "Retro Night" to pay homage to past athletics at UCC and Cariboo College.

WolfPack head coach Scott Reeves probably tried to push from his memory the last season the WolfPack spent at TRU Gym - it went 2-21 in 2006-07 - but the memories may have come flooding back Friday.

TRU couldn't shoot to save its life - firing 34 per cent from the field, including a painful 3-for-20 from three-point land - and that led to double- and triple-teams on star centre Diane Schuetze, which led to limited offensive looks.

Essentially, the WolfPack struggled to do anything on offence until the fourth quarter, when it scored 23 points - one more than in the previous two quarters combined. TRU also made two of its three three-pointers in the final 2:11, which should tell you all you need to know about the shooting.

Maybe it was the change of scenery that led to the poor shooting . . .

"(The T-Birds) don't practise here either," Reeves said, "so we can't blame the facility."

Schuetze still managed to get her double-double, scoring 21 points and grabbing 12 rebounds. Taiysa Worsfold had eight points, while Jorri Duxbury was all over the court, scoring six points and dishing out eight assists to go along with six steals.

Zara Huntley had 18 points and eight rebounds to lead the T-Birds, and Kristjana Young had 16 points and six steals. Leigh Stansfield and Cassandra Knievel each scored 10 points for the Thunderbirds, who improved to 7-2 with the victory.

"In that second quarter, we were able to get some stops and get a bit of a spread offence," said UBC head coach Deb Huband. "We had some great contributions off the bench."

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The WolfPack men's basketball team, meanwhile, lost 83-66 to the T-Birds at TRU Gym.

Tonight's rematch is scheduled for 7 o'clock, also at TRU.

Justin King had 14 points to lead the WolfPack (5-6), while Akeem Pierre had 13. Brett Rouault and Kevin Pribilsky each scored 11.

Doug Plumb had 23 points for UBC (7-2), Malcolm Williams had 15 and Tommy Nixon scored 10.

Kamar Burke, who played at TRU from 2006-08, had 12 points, while David Wagner, who graduated from South Kamloops in June, played six minutes, registering no points.

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The WolfPack women's volleyball team lost in three sets (25-19, 25-15, 25-21) to the T-Birds in Vancouver on Friday.

Anne Weiss had six kills to lead the WolfPack (4-9), which will play at UBC again tonight. Kara Twomey had 22 set assists.

Kyla Richey had 12 kills for UBC (10-1), and Lisa Barclay had 10.

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TRU's men's volleyball team also lost in three sets (25-17, 35-33, 26-24) to the T-Birds in Vancouver, and now is 2-11 in Canada West.

Rookie outside Brad Gunter had 15 kills to lead TRU, and Colin Carson helped out with 34 set assists.

Tanner Kozak had 12 kills for UBC (8-3), and Milan Nikic came through with 32 set assists.

The teams will play in Vancouver again tonight.

mhunter@kamloopsnews.ca


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