Monday April 21, 2014

Campus Corner: TRU women eye consistency

It’s a question that Scott Reeves, head coach of the TRU WolfPack, posed to guard Taiysa Worsfold, and it’s one they’ll likely be mulling the entire Canada West women’s basketball season.

“How can we do some of the things we’ve been doing and not do them every week?” Reeves said Wednesday.

The WolfPack hasn’t been bad this season, considered a rebuilding campaign after back-to-back playoff seasons, but it hasn’t been consistent. With one weekend to go before its December break, TRU is 4-4 and fourth in Canada West’s Pacific Division.

Included in those four victories is a pair of impressive ones — a 67-58 upset of the visiting Alberta Pandas, who were ranked No. 2 in the country at the time, on Nov. 2, and a 65-57 overtime decision over the visiting UBC Thunderbirds (6-2) on Nov. 15.

Included in the four losses, however, is a 73-53 drubbing at the hands of the host UNBC Timberwolves, who are 3-5. That loss came in the game after the WolfPack knocked off the Pandas.

“If that’s inconsistent, it just shows our youth as a team together,” Reeves said. “We’re growing together . . . and we don’t have a lot of experience. We’re relying on first- and second-year players to lead this team.”

Worsfold, in her third season out of Sa-Hali, is eighth in the conference with 15.6 points per game, with fourth-year Salmon Arm product Jorri Duxbury fourth with 4.4 assists and third with 3.1 steals per game.

Aside from those two, and third-year guard Sarah Malate, who hit the winning free throws in a 66-64 victory over the host Lethbridge Pronghorns on Saturday, it’s a young WolfPack roster.

And Reeves, now in his eighth season, is back to teaching his players how to win — he spent much of his first five seasons trying to do just that.

And while it’s better now, the team still is learning.

“It’s a process,” Reeves said, “but now we think if we’re in a close game at the end, we’re going to win it. This has been a process, not just a one-month or one-year process, but the whole time I’ve been with the program.”

The WolfPack is home to the Mount Royal Cougars (1-7) on Friday, 6 p.m., and Saturday, 5 p.m., at the Tournament Capital Centre.

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TRU’s men, who also are 4-4, are to play host to the Cougars on Friday, 8 p.m., and Saturday, 7 p.m., at the TCC.

With Canada West taking all of December off for Christmas and exams, this will be TRU’s final regular-season action until 2014.

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Both WolfPack volleyball teams will head to Calgary for their final matches of the first half.

TRU’s women (0-10) will be looking for their first victories of the season against the host Mount Royal Cougars (3-7), while the WolfPack men (6-4) are set to play the Cougars (6-4) as well.

The WolfPack men are ranked No. 7 in the country, but remain in a tie for third in Canada West.

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The WolfPack hockey team is scheduled to play host to the University of Victoria on Friday, 8:30 p.m., at Memorial Arena.

TRU is 8-5 in the B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League.

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