The TRU women's basketball team lost its last game of the regular season Saturday, but it might actually have been a good thing for the WolfPack.
TRU lost 68-63 to the UBC-Okanagan Heat in Kelowna on Saturday, leaving it 15-7 heading into the Canada West postseason. The WolfPack wound up fourth in the Pacific Division, so will cross over to play the Prairie Division's first-place team, the Calgary Dinos, in a best-of-three conference quarterfinal on the weekend.
The Dinos ended up 19-3, same as the Regina Cougars, but won the division based on head-to-head results. Regina will play host to the Victoria Vikes in the quarterfinals.
Although the WolfPack will be playing the Prairie Division's first-place team, it might work out better for TRU.
Along with having an easier travel schedule this way, the WolfPack also had a little success against Calgary this season. In its lone meeting with Regina, at home on Nov. 23, the WolfPack got pounded by the Cougars 84-64. When the Dinos came to town, on Jan. 12, TRU beat them 69-60.
The WolfPack has three days of practice remaining before heading to Calgary. The series will run Friday, Saturday and, if necessary, Sunday.
TRU had a four-game winning streak snapped with an 80-57 loss to the Fraser Valley Cascades in Abbotsford on Feb. 9, and now has lost two in a row.
Rebeca Fernandez had 14 points to lead the WolfPack on Saturday, with Diane Schuetze scoring 13 points and Jen Ju adding 10. Sarah Allison had 23 points to lead the Heat, which finished its second season 6-16.
The WolfPack men's basketball team had its season end with an 86-77 overtime loss to the Heat in Kelowna on Saturday.
TRU finished the regular season 8-14. Had it beaten the Heat (5-17) in both meetings this season, it would have finished tied with the Fraser Valley Cascades (10-12), who captured the Pacific Division's last playoff spot.
Kevin Pribilsky, in his last game before graduation, scored 16 points for the WolfPack, and Brett Rouault led the way with 19. Zach Usherwood also scored 14 points for the WolfPack. Yassine Ghomari had 26 points for the Heat.
TRU clinched third place in the B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League with a weekend split.
The WolfPack was in Victoria, where it lost 5-3 on Friday and won 7-5 on Saturday. The results leave TRU (9-9-3) in third place, with Victoria (8-13-1) fourth. Based on head-to-head results, Victoria will finish behind TRU.
The WolfPack, which can't catch second-place Simon Fraser (15-5-2), will play host to the Selkirk Saints on Friday, 8:30 p.m., at Memorial Arena.
Joshua MacDonald, Duncan Schulz and Colten De Frias scored Friday for TRU, which got 25 saves from Shane Mainprize. Shawn Mueller, with two, Matthew Bell, Mark Prest and Eli Wiebe scored for Victoria, and Sunny Gill stopped 31 shots.
Nathan Michaels and Tyler Jackson each had two goals Saturday, as Mainprize recorded the victory, with Alessio Tomassetti, Schulz and Anthony Delong also scoring. Bell, with two, Mueller, Matthew Maycock and Dennis Pavlina had goals in support of Gill on Saturday.
TRU will be joined by a pair of U of Alberta rinks at the CIS curling championships in Kamloops from March 20-24.
The Alberta Pandas won the Canada West women's title on the weekend, while the Alberta Golden Bears took the men's title. Both Canada West playdowns were held in Edmonton.
Alberta's women, skipped by Kelsey Rocque, needed an extra end to beat the U of Manitoba's Breanne Meakin 9-7 in Sunday's final. On the men's side, Alberta's Brendan Botcher knocked off Manitoba's Steen Sigurdson 5-3 in the championship game.
According to the CIS championships website, both Manitoba rinks also will be in Kamloops in March.
The WolfPack women's team, featuring skip Tiffany Krausher, third Alyssa Kyllo, second Ashley Nordin and lead Kym Edgeworth, went 3-2 to finish third in Edmonton.
TRU's men, skipped by Darren Nelson and featuring Russell Koffski at third, Jared Jenkins at second and lead Michael Hiram, went 3-3 to take fourth.
The WolfPack badminton team finished its Pacific Western Athletic Association season with a fifth-place finish at provincials in Vancouver.
TRU went 0-4, and none of its players advanced to the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association championship in Barrie, Ont., at the end of the month.
Joey Chu was third in men's singles, with Anica Arduini and Lacey Banman taking third in women's doubles. Noah Woods and Erika Dufort were third in mixed doubles, while Johnny Nguyen and Louis Zixi were fifth in men's doubles.
The WolfPack baseball team beat a U of Arizona club team 7-1 in Tucson on Friday.
Alex Reid went four innings for the victory, in which Colin Vaughan pitched two and Kevin Cramer went one. John Apostolo was 1-for-2 with a triple, a stolen base and a run, with James Martensen also swatting a double. Luc Simpson had a single, two RBI and a stolen base.
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