It was an ugly start to the second half of the Canada West women’s basketball season for the TRU WolfPack.
The WolfPack dropped to 6-5 after being hammered 99-39 by the host U of Regina Cougars on Thursday evening. The Cougars improved to 9-2.
TRU had enjoyed a nice first half to its season, winning six of 10 games with a young roster, and entered the December break on a three-game winning streak. All the good vibes went out the window early against Regina, as the Cougars scored the last 17 points of the first quarter for a 27-7 lead. Regina kept piling on, and led 52-20 at the half.
It was a banner night for the Cougars, who had six players reach double-digits in points. Janine Gujit had 16 points to lead the way, with Nicole Clarke scoring 15. Megan Chamberlin scored 13, Charoltte Kot had 12, Alyssa Kajati added 11 and Katie Polischuk scored 10. Kajati also had 13 rebounds and Chamberlin picked up 11.
The WolfPack, which went 14-for-73 (19 per cent) from the field, was led by Ryan Kennedy’s nine points.
TRU will try to figure things out tonight, when it plays the Bobcats (2-8) in Brandon.
* * *
The WolfPack men’s basketball team needed overtime to secure a 100-95 victory over the host Cougars on Thursday.
TRU trailed for much of the game, falling behind 17-13 after a quarter and 41-33 at the half. The WolfPack chipped away in the third quarter, and it ended with Regina up 63-61.
The teams traded points throughout the fourth quarter, with Reese Pribilsky bringing the WolfPack into an 81-81 tie with six seconds remaining. TRU dominated overtime, leading by as many as eight with 1:20 remaining, before Regina pushed back to make it close at the end.
Josh Wolfram led the WolfPack with 19 points and nine rebounds, with Tallon Milne also scoring 17 points and Pribilsky adding 16. Troy Grant and Will Ondrik also contributed 15 points apiece to the victory, which lifted TRU to 7-4.
Brandon Tull had 19 points for Regina (2-9), with Brendan Hebert scoring 17 and Will Tallman providing 16.
The WolfPack is scheduled to travel to Brandon today to play the Bobcats (2-8) Friday evening.