Saturday April 19, 2014






WolfPack all about seniors

Three veterans provide spark as TRU improves to 13-5
Murray Mitchell

Diane Schuetze of the TRU WolfPack (13) tries to get past Maddie Lougheed of the Trinity Western University Spartans Thursday night at the TCC.

Defence? Who needs defence?

Not the TRU WolfPack, which scored an 81-72 victory over the Trinity Western Spartans in a Canada West women’s basketball game Thursday at the Tournament Capital Centre.

TRU earns full marks for the victory, which lifts it to 13-5, but head coach Scott Reeves wasn’t exactly excited about the defensive effort.

“We gave up too many points in the second quarter — we didn’t want to do that,” Reeves said. “Our goal was to hold them to 15 points a quarter — we did that in the first quarter, then gave up 25 in the second.”

Spartans forward Holly Strom torched the WolfPack in the first half, scoring 21 of her team’s 40 points. But the WolfPack adjusted, and held Strom to seven second-half points — although she ran into foul trouble and had to sit.

“We started guarding Holly the way we wanted to, gapping her, but I think we just gapped her too much,”

Reeves said. “To give her 21 points in the first half was just not right.”

Fortunately for Reeves, his three seniors were in fine form at the other end when needed.

Tracy Kocs set the tone early, making back-to-back three-pointers as the WolfPack charged out to a 15-2 lead.

She ended with 12 points.

Jen Ju was her usual self, bouncing all over the court and scoring 22, while Diane Schuetze had a monster game, scoring 28 points, grabbing 17 rebounds and dishing five assists.

“Every night, they show up,” Reeves said. “Tracy started the game with back-to-back threes, Diane was rebounding the ball at both ends. Jen is just an electric human being.”

It is the final regular-season home weekend for the trio, which is trying to help the WolfPack finish in the top two in the conference’s Pacific Division. Should that happen, the WolfPack would play host to a first-round playoff series.

“We’re just taking it one game at a time, but hosting a playoff game would be huge for us” Schuetze said. “Not just to say that we did, but to have the home-court advantage.”

Jorri Duxbury had 14 points and six assists in the victory, while Taiysa Worsfold came through with 14 rebounds.

Strom ended with 28 points and 11 rebounds, with Emily Knauff scoring 16 points and Chelsey Olsen adding 13 for the Spartans (5-12).

The teams will tangle again tonight, 6 o’clock, at the TCC.

mhunter@kamloopsnews.ca


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