Diane Schuetze may very well be a stats geek — at least when it comes to her own numbers.
So Schuetze is well aware that she already has rewritten the TRU WolfPack women’s basketball record book, and is making a pretty good mark on Canada West’s.
Schuetze, a senior centre from Vernon, is set to lead the WolfPack into a pair of weekend Canada West games against the Victoria Vikes. The teams will meet Friday, 6 p.m., and Saturday, 5 p.m., at the Tournament Capital Centre.
WolfPack head coach Scott Reeves has built a program around Schuetze, and Schuetze has helped make TRU a contender. Last season, Schuetze was named a national all-star for helping TRU make the Canada West playoffs for the first time.
So far this season, Schuetze leads the conference in points (19.1 per game) and rebounds (12.1) as the WolfPack is 11-4 and second in Canada West’s Pacific Division.
It has been her best season in what has been an excellent career with the WolfPack. The 6-foot-3 Schuetze owns the team’s records for career points and rebounds (at least since the team joined Canada West in 2005-06).
She also is in the top 10 in four Canada West career categories, and about to crack the top 25 in points all-time.
And make no mistake — Schuetze knows this.
“Yeah, I definitely do,” she admitted Wednesday. “It’s kind of a bad thing how much I pay attention to it.”
No TRU player had cracked 1,000 career points before Schuetze, who is at 1,295. With two points Friday, Schuetze will move into the conference’s top-25; if she keeps up her season’s pace for the last seven games, she could work her way into the top 15.
“I like stats — it’s cool to see past players’ numbers and where you rank,” she said. “It’s a really interesting side of the game.”
Schuetze’s numbers have her among the conference’s all-time top-10 in free-throws made and attempted, rebounds, defensive rebounds and double-doubles.
She has attempted 530 free throws, good for second all-time, and has made 374 of them, leaving her tied for fifth. She also has grabbed 746 rebounds, eighth all-time, with 506 defensive rebounds among them, sixth-most.
With such great scoring and rebounding numbers, it’s no surprise that Schuetze is tied for fifth in career double-doubles, with 20. She likely will move into fourth, but, with only seven games remaining in her TRU career, cannot rise any higher.
Sarah Crooks, who played for the Saskatchewan Huskies from 2002-07, has the Canada West record for double-doubles (65). That record would seem untouchable except that second-year Huskies forward Dalyce Emmerson has 17 double-doubles through 34 games.
Of all those fantastic numbers, Schuetze is most pleased with her work on the glass.
“I would definitely say my rebounds,” Schuetze said. “I’ve improved so much since my first year — I really worked on it and I’m really happy with my numbers this year.”
The only other active player in Canada West’s top-50 in career points is Victoria’s Debbie Yeboah, who has 1,224. The Vikes still have eight games to play, one more than the WolfPack.
“(Yeboah) and her team are so good scoring and shooting,” Schuetze said. “Debbie, I met her at national tryouts, so we know each other off the court.
“On the court, we always sort of have a side competition.”
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Nicole Karstein of Kamloops is set to return to the TCC this weekend.
Karstein, a former Sa-Hali Sabres forward, is in her first season with the Vikings.
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It’s the start of the homestretch for the WolfPack men’s basketball team, which is to play host to the Vikes on Friday (8 p.m.) and Saturday (7 p.m.).
TRU is 6-9 and in the fourth, and final, playoff spot in the Pacific Division. Victoria (9-5) is second.
The WolfPack has seven games remaining, all against Pacific Division teams. After the UVic weekend, TRU will play host to the Trinity Western Spartans (5-9) on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, before playing the Fraser Valley Cascades (7-7) in Abbotsford on Feb. 8-9. TRU will wrap up the regular season against the UBC-Okanagan Heat (2-13) in Kelowna on Feb. 16.
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TRU’s volleyball teams are in Calgary this weekend to play the Dinos.
For the WolfPack women (0-16), it’s another weekend in a long season.
For TRU’s men, however, it’s an important series in terms of playoff positioning.
The WolfPack men (6-10) are two matches behind the Winnipeg Wesmen (8-8) for the final playoff spot in Canada West. TRU’s final three weekends are crucial — it plays in Calgary (4-12) and at home to the Mount Royal Cougars (7-9) and the Wesmen.
The WolfPack likely will need to win at least three of its next four to have any chance of passing the Wesmen and Cougars on the final weekend.
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The WolfPack hockey team has two home games this weekend.
TRU (5-8-0-1) is to play host to the Eastern Washington Eagles (6-8-0-1) on Friday, 8:30 p.m., and on Saturday, 8 p.m., at Memorial Arena.