The TRU WolfPack women's basketball team ran to its first victory in five starts Friday at the Tournament Capital Centre and set a school record in the process.
The WolfPack trounced the Brandon University Bobcats 114-58, marking the first time since joining the CIS seven years ago that it had scored more than 100 points in a game.
The offensive outburst allowed the WolfPack to improve its Canada West record to 3-5. It also gave each of the 300 fans in attendance a coupon for a free Big Mac, that being the result of promotion that promised a free burger if the home team scored 85 points and won.
"We started out a little bit slow and traded baskets," said WolfPack head coach Scott Reeves in a news release. "That is not how we like to start a game with any team. We settled in and started shooting the three well. That extended their defence.
"We kept shooting the three well and started to make some one-footers and thats how teams score 100 points."
The WolfPack, which led 57-31 at the half, had six players in double figures, led by Jen Ju, with 20. Jade Montgomery added 19, while Diane Schuetze had 16, with a game-high 13 rebounds, and Kaitlyn Widsten scored 14 points in 16 minutes. Tracy Kocs and Taiysa Worsfold each had 12 points, and Jorri Duxbury chipped in 10 points, eight rebounds and eight assists.
Brandon (0-7) was led by Amiee Johnston, with 27 points.
"She is one heck of a player," Reeves said. "Five years down the road, it is going to be scary how good she could be.She can beat anybody we have off the dribble and gave us problems."
The WolfPack is back in action today, this time against the visiting U of Regina Cougars at 5 p.m.
WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL: Playing with only eight players due to injury, the WolfPack lost 3-2 to the host Winnipeg Wesmen. The scores were 22-25,27-25,25-19,25-8,15-12.
"We played our best volleyball in the first three sets," said WolfPack head coach Keith Lundgren in a news release. "We got a little fatigued after that but we will play better (today)."
The WolfPack was without Carley Nelson (finger) and Morgan Kolasa (knee), who have been out for a while, and then lost Kelly Asleson (concussion) in a practice.
The WolfPack were led by Katarina Osadchuk, with 14 kills in 35 swings with one service ace, six digs, two solo blocks and two block assists. Amanda Frayne had 13 kills in 52 chances with 13 digs and two solo blocks. Anne Weiss added 12 kills in 36 chances, with 19 digs. Kara Twomey had 43 assists.
The WolfPack is 3-6, while the Wesmen are 7-2. The teams will play again tonight in Winnipeg.
MEN'S VOLLEYBALL: The host Winnipeg Wesmen swept the WolfPack 3-0 (27-25,25-21,25-20) as TRU fell to 1-8 in Canada West play. Winnipeg is 2-7.
Aleks Saddlemyer led the TRU offence with 14 kills in 32 chances and had a team-high seven digs. Brad Gunter contributed nine kills in 20 swings with Jacob Tricarico contributing eight kills in 12 attempts. Setter Colin Carson had 40 assists.
The same teams met again tonight in Winnipeg.
MEN'S HOCKEY: The WolfPack meets the Trinity Western Spartans tonight at the Langley Events Centre, then returns home for a doubleheader with the Castlegar-based Selkirk College Saints on Dec. 3, 8 p.m., and Dec. 4, 11 a.m. Both games are to be played at Memorial Arena. The hockey team then will break until Jan. 20.
MEN'S BASKETBALL: The WolfPack struggled to find some consistency but held on to beat the Brandon University Bobcats 91-84 at the TCC.
The WolfPack started and finished well, leading 22-16 after one quarter and outscoring the visitors 24-17 in the final period.
Chas Kok led TRU with 22 points and 14 rebounds in 39 minutes. Akeem Pierre added 15 points and 14 rebounds, while Justin King had a game-high 36 points and also had seven rebounds.
The WolfPack (3-4) snapped a three-game losing streak, while Brandon slipped to 2-5.
The Bobcats got 19 points from Emerick Ravier and 17 from Kyle Vince.
The WolfPack will be at home to the Regina Cougars tonight. Game time is 7 o'clock.
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