The TRU WolfPack women's basketball team showed spurts of the strong play that led them to the Canada West postseason in 2012-13 on Friday night, but couldn't put it together for long enough stretches.
The WolfPack fell to the University of Saskatchewan Huskies 76-54 in the first game of the regular season at the Tournament Capital Centre.
"At times I thought we competed hard and had a certain level of intensity we needed for the whole game," said head coach Scott Reeves following the game, "but at times is just disappeared and that's when they went on runs."
The WolfPack fell behind early and struggled in the first quarter, shooting 35 per cent to the Huskies' 75. TRU was out-rebounded by the Huskies throughout the game and failed to convert on a majority of the offensive rebounds they grabbed.
As the game wore on, TRU managed to cobble together some runs with Sydney Williams looking strong in her home debut. Williams had 10 points and led the team with four steals, playing particularly strong defensively.
In the end, spurts of good play weren't enough. TRU's women shot 30 per cent from the floor overall, with Taiysa Worsfold leading the way at 43 per cent. Worsfold finished the night with 28 points.
"I think they shot a lot better than us," Worsfold said. "We could obviously pick up our shooting percentage but I think in the end it just came down to their experience in the way it played out. They knew how to take care of the ball and we obviously haven't played together for as long so it was a bit of a struggle."
Worsfold said that the women probably suffered from some opening-day nerves but didn't make excuses, citing the fact the Huskies were playing their first game of the season and didn't have the same problems.
Reeves agreed with Worsfold's assessment and declined to assess individual performances in Friday's game.
"We lost the game," he said, when asked for his thoughts on Worsfold's 28-point night. "I'm not really into individual performances, I don't care about that.
"I didn't shoot particularly well and I wasn't so impressed with (my night)," Worsfold said. "Some of my inside layups fell and that's how it went."
Kassie Colonna had 12 points for the WolfPack.
Dalyce Emmerson led the Huskies with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Kiera Lyons had 16 points in the victory, and Kabree Howard added 10.
The women will play the University of Alberta Pandas tonight, 6 p.m., at the Tournament Capital Centre.
p p p
he WolfPack men played down to the wire against the Huskies in their match last night, but came up short, losing 98-95.
Ta'Quan Zimmerman led the 'Pack with 33 points and was 7-for-7 from the free-throw line; he shot 57 per cent overall. Josh Wolfram had 22 points in the defeat, adding eight rebounds, and Reese Pribilsky was the only other TRU player to hit double digits in points with 10.
The Huskies, on the other hand, had five players in double-digits. Stephon Lamar led Saskatchewan with 25 and Dadrian Collins had 18 points and 10 rebounds. Evan Ostertag finished with 15 points, while Ben Baker had 14 points and 14 rebounds and Andrew Henry finished with 11 points.
The WolfPack will continue its homestand tonight, 8 p.m., against the University of Alberta Golden Bears at the TCC.