It was "Throwback Night" at the TRU Gym on Friday, but WolfPack head coach Scott Reeves wasn't having any flashbacks to the old days.
Nope, the WolfPack actually won a game in the old barn on Friday.
TRU beat the Lethbridge Pronghorns 78-51 in a Canada West women's basketball game. TRU improves to 9-3, while Lethbridge falls to 5-6.
The WolfPack was pushed out of its usual digs - the Tournament Capital Centre - by this weekend's Western Canadian Age Group Wrestling Championships. They forced the WolfPack to play at TRU Gym, its home before moving across the street before the 2007-08 season.
If the WolfPack could erase from its records the two Canada West seasons it spent at TRU Gym, it probably would. TRU was 2-18 in 2005-06 and 2-21 the following season, Reeves's first as head coach.
But those teams can hardly be compared to this season's, which now has won a program-high five straight games and should cruise into the playoffs for the second straight season. TRU has come a long way, baby.
"(Assistant coach) Chuck (Ferguson) just said at the end of the game, 'I don't think we've ever won in this gym,' " Reeves said. "I thought . . . maybe Trinity (Western), maybe Brandon, maybe we've never won. I don't know."
A quick glance would indicate that, yes, the WolfPack did win a home game in that 2006-07 season, and yes, it was against the Brandon Bobcats. TRU beat them 70-48 on Jan. 6, 2007.
In those days, which Reeves would sooner forget, the WolfPack had an incredible knack of finding ways to lose. These days, TRU is finding a way to win, game after game.
This most recent victory came as a result of a dominant performance on the offensive glass. TRU grabbed 21 offensive rebounds, nearly as many as the 25 it grabbed on defence.
It was basically the difference in the game, as TRU (37) and Lethbridge (35) shot nearly the same percentage from the field. It's just that the WolfPack shot the ball 76 times, and Lethbridge only got off 54 shots.
"I sensed we were taking too many shots, but that's because we were getting so many offensive rebounds," Reeves said. "We'd shoot, miss, get an offensive rebound, shoot, miss, offensive rebound. On the third time around, all of the sudden it goes in."
As average as the WolfPack was from the field, it was quite productive from three-point land. TRU tried 34 long balls, making 13 of them.
Taiysa Worsfold and Jen Ju led the offence, each scoring 21 points. Ju took 26 shots - hitting eight, including five of 15 three-pointers - while Worsfold was 7-for-15 from the field.
It was a career high in points for Worsfold, a second-year guard out of Sa-Hali.
"We're just into the second half of the season and we still have some kinks to work out," said Worsfold, who also had eight rebounds and three steals. "We're slowly building towards the level of play we want to have."
Tracy Kocs added 14 points for TRU, Jorri Duxbury had eight points and nine assists, and Diane Schuetze, Canada West's leading scorer and rebounder, had six points and 14 rebounds.
Kim Veldman led Lethbridge with 15 points, and Ali Cameron scored 13.
The WolfPack is scheduled to play host to the Calgary Dinos (10-1) today, 5 p.m., at TRU Gym. The game will be alumni night, and all former players, coaches, managers and trainers are invited to attend.
TRU also will take some time to remember former men's basketball star Skye Buck, who was killed in a car accident near Clearwater on Dec. 9.
he WolfPack men also were winners last night, beating the visiting Pronghorns, 90-81.
TRU is 5-7, while the Pronghorns are 5-6.
Brett Rouault had 28 points as the WolfPack held on after building a big lead at the half. Kevin Pribilsky added 20 points, while Troy Grant scored 10. D.J. Oates had 10 rebounds.
Chaz Johnson had 21 points for Lethbridge, and Julian Spear Chief-Morris added 20. Derek Waldner had 14 points and 18 rebounds, and Morgan Duce scored 11 points.
The WolfPack men will take on the Dinos (5-6) tonight, 7 o'clock, at TRU Gym.
he WolfPack women's volleyball team is 0-13 after losing in three sets (25-13, 25-12, 25-15) to the Saskatchewan Huskies in Saskatoon on Friday.
The Huskies (2-11) will play host to TRU again tonight.
Julia Niemczewska had four kills for the WolfPack. Candace Hueser had 12 kills for Saskatchewan.
RU's men also lost in Saskatoon, falling in three sets (25-14, 25-23, 27-25) to the host Huskies.
The WolfPack (5-8) and Huskies (8-5) will meet again tonight in Saskatoon.
Brad Gunter had 15 kills for the WolfPack. Bryan Fraser led the Huskies with 11 kills.
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