The TRU WolfPack women’s basketball team picked up its first victory of the season Saturday, and did it against the No. 2-ranked team in Canada.
The WolfPack defeated the U of Alberta Pandas 67-58 at the Tournament Capital Centre on Saturday. The result left both teams 1-1 after the opening weekend of the regular season.
It was one of the biggest victories in program history for the WolfPack, which is a younger squad than the ones that made the playoffs the past two seasons. TRU was down 33-26 at the half, but took a one-point lead into the fourth quarter.
Kassie Colonna led the way for TRU, scoring 18 points. Jorri Duxbury came through with 15 points, seven rebounds and six assists, while Sydney Williams added 15 points. Saskia Van Ginhoven led the Pandas with 20 points.
The WolfPack is scheduled to head north on the weekend — it will play the UNBC Timberwolves in Prince George on Friday and Saturday. UNBC is 0-2 after a pair of road losses against the Winnipeg Wesmen and Manitoba Bisons.
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MEN’S BASKETBALL — The WolfPack fell to 0-2 with a 78-63 loss to the visiting Alberta Golden Bears at the TCC on Saturday.
TRU was down 41-28 at the half and never recovered. Ta-Quan Zimmerman had 31 points to lead the WolfPack, going 11-for-17 from the field, and Troy Grant added 10 points and five steals.
Alberta got 20 points and a game-high nine rebounds from Jordan Baker. Mamadou Gueye also scored 16 points, while Youssef Ouahrig and Robert Dewar each scored 10.
The Golden Bears shot 55 per cent from the field, with TRU shooting 39 per cent.
The WolfPack is set to play the UNBC Timberwolves in Prince George on Friday and Saturday.
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WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL — For the fourth straight match to open the Canada West season, the WolfPack lost in three sets.
TRU lost 25-12, 25-15, 25-21 to the Calgary Dinos at the TCC on Saturday afternoon. The WolfPack (0-4) is set to play the UBC Thunderbirds in Vancouver on the weekend.
Brianne Rauch had 10 kills for the WolfPack, and Tori Taneda set 19 assists. Emma Pedersen led the Dinos with 10 kills. Kyjsa Brkich had 19 set assists in the victory. Calgary improved to 3-1.
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MEN’S VOLLEYBALL — TRU had nine match points but wasn’t able to convert them in a five-set loss to the Dinos at the TCC on Saturday.
The WolfPack dropped the opening set 25-22, but went ahead 2-1 after winning 25-20 and 25-18. TRU was an eyelash from victory in the fourth set, leading 24-21, but Calgary tied it up. After missing on those three match points, the WolfPack had six more — but failed to convert them and Calgary won the set, 33-31.
Calgary rode the momentum through the fifth set, winning 15-8.
The Dinos are 2-2, while TRU is 3-1.
Brad Gunter had 26 kills for the WolfPack; Casey Knight added 11 and Philip Ozari pounded 10. Colin Carson had 52 set assists and 10 digs, with Matt Krueger also digging 10 balls.
Greg Mann had 27 kills and Darcee Froese added 13 for Calgary. Jackson Maris set 30 assists and Alex Cook set 28 more for the Dinos.
TRU is headed to Vancouver for a doubleheader with UBC on the weekend.
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HOCKEY — The WolfPack scored three third-period goals in a 4-3 victory over Victoria at Memorial Arena on Friday, bringing TRU’s B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League record to 4-4.
Joshua MacDonald opened the scoring for TRU, but Victoria went ahead 3-1 thanks to two goals from Adam Klein and one from Spencer Wright.
Tyler Berkholtz brought the WolfPack to within a goal midway through the third period, before Duncan Schulz tied it 27 seconds later.
Anthony Delong scored the game-winner with 38 seconds remaining.
Berkholtz also had two assists in support of Mark Menicucci, who stopped 35 shots. Robert Simmons stopped 31 shots for Victoria.
The WolfPack is scheduled to play host to the Eastern Washington Eagles on Friday, 8:30 p.m., and Saturday, 8 p.m., at Memorial Arena.