GAME STORIES – NOVEMBER 30-DECEMBER 1

  Posted on: December 1, 2001

Game Stories – November 30

Women’s Basketball: WolfPack battle Clan

KAMLOOPS – On a basketball roster 5’5″ doesn’t look that impressive, but then Simon Fraser University’s Lani Gibbons (5th-year, Salmon Arm, BC) drained four three-pointers in the first 10 minutes of the game and five feet and five inches appears to be the perfect height. Gibbons racked up 18 for the game high with four other Clansmen reaching double digits for the number one team in Canada to take a convincing 38-point win over the Thompson Rivers WolfPack tonight.

“What can you expect when you play a team like this,” said WolfPack head coach Scott Reeves. “We continued to play and we didn’t drop out, that is what is important.”

The Clan, who are the national reigning champions and have been unanimously ranked number one in Canada every single week of the season thus far, now move up 11-0.

The WolfPack remain winless after 11 and had a bench of eight tonight as starter Sarah Cameron (4th-year, Langley, BC) was out due to sickness.

Simon Fraser was up 36-15 after the first quarter and there was little room for the `Pack to work its way back into the game after that.

The `Pack did post more points than SFU in the second quarter, but there was still a sizeable cushion for the Clan and at the half they were up 51-35.

Kate Hole (2nd-year, St. Albert, AB) made an impact in the second half as she used her height (6’2″) to her advantage and picked up 12 of her 14 points in the latter half.

The Clan also got 33 points to the WolfPack’s one in turnovers.

The WolfPack’s Michelle Dimond (1st-year, Port Moody, BC) double-doubled with 11 points and 10 rebounds. While Jessica Mulock (1st-year, North Vancouver, BC) had the WolfPack high of 13 points.

“We are in the grassroots stage of building,” said Reeves, “we aren’t going to be national champions tomorrow, but we have the attitude and the building blocks in place for a stronger run every year.”

Simon Fraser and Thompson Rivers meet again tomorrow night at 5:00 p.m. in the Tournament Capital Centre for their final Canada West action of 2007.

Men’s Basketball: WolfPack battle Clan

KAMLOOPS – The Simon Fraser men found their sixth win of the season on the road tonight against the Thompson Rivers WolfPack. The game was a close contest throughout with the Clan leading into the half and then the `Pack up after the third.

The game was back and forth in the third as both teams stepped up their play and both ends saw equal action. The `Pack were able to capitalize on turnovers and were up by two after the third.

The Clan returned for the fourth with a new determination to regain the lead and only allowed the `Pack to tie the game up once before charging to the finish line. There was a close attempt made by the `Pack to tie the game, but there were four perfect free throws from SFU’s Sean Burke (3rd-year, North Vancouver, BC) and the 69-62 spread was only slightly lessened by Kamar Burke’s final second lay up for another close WolfPack loss.

SFU’s Greg Wallis (6’7″, 4th-year, Victoria, BC) posted 21 points for the Clan and was seven out of 10 from the free throw line.

TRU’s Kamar Burke (2nd-year, Mississauga) had the game high of 25-points tonight, but WolfPack head coach Nevin Gleddie doesn’t feel that is a big night for Burke, instead he thinks that should be Burke’s average.

“Kamar was awesome, in fact you’d think he was awesome, but I think he played what he is capable of on average,” said Gleddie. What I do like is that he finally took some shots and that is what we have been working on him to do as he is so unselfish.”

The biggest rebounder of the game was also a `Pack member as Brian Smith (5th-year, Maple Ridge, BC) pulled 14 off the boards.

The WolfPack also had 15 steals over SFU’s five.

“We played well defensively and I’m really proud of the guy’s tonight,” said Gleddie. “Tomorrow we will play the same, but hopefully a win instead.”

The SFU – TRU game tomorrow starts at 7:00 p.m.

Game Stories – December 1

Women’s Volleyball: Jule leads Cougars to 3-1 win over Thompson Rivers

REGINA, Sask. – The University of Regina’s women’s volleyball team recorded its third win of the season on Saturday afternoon after defeating the Thompson Rivers WolfPack by a 3-1 (25-18, 21-25, 25-11, 27-25) score at the Centre for Kinesiology, Health & Sport.

The two teams split the first two sets before the Cougars stormed to a 25-11 victory in the third set. The two teams were never separated by more than three points in the hotly contested fourth set, which ended at 27-25 in Regina’s favour after Tammy Jule stuffed an attack by Thompson Rivers right-side hitter Kelly Asleson.

Jule was three blocks shy of recording a rare triple-double, ending up with 19 kills, 13 digs, and a career-high seven total blocks. Jule led all players in the three categories during the match.

Middle blocker Beth Clark had 15 kills and just three errors on 28 total attempts, hitting for a match-best .429 hitting percentage. Clark added two solo blocks and four assisted blocks for the Cougars.

Second-year setter Claire Tarala had a career-high 42 assists for the Cougars. Tarala also helped out defensively with six digs and a block assist.

Amanda Frayne had a team-high 12 kills for Thompson Rivers, while Richelle Walton had nine kills and nine digs for the youthful WolfPack. Eight of Thompson Rivers’ 11 players that appeared in Saturday’s match are in their first two years of CIS eligibility.

The Cougars improve to 3-6 with the win and move into a tie with Brandon for sixth place in Canada West. Thompson Rivers falls to 2-7 and is tied for ninth in the conference.

The teams will meet again on Sunday afternoon at the CKHS. Match time is scheduled for 2 p.m.

NOTES: Jule’s double-double (19 kills, 13 digs) was her second of the season … Jule is three kills short of her 100th of the season. Tarala’s 42 assists gives her 250 for the season.

Women’s Basketball: WolfPack battle Clan

KAMLOOPS, BC – The reigning CIS women’s basketball champions have put all competitors on notice; they are ready for a repeat. With their 12th straight win of the 2007/08 season the Simon Fraser Clan is heading into the winter break with a spotless season after beating the Thompson Rivers WolfPack 84-55 on Saturday night at the Tournament Capital Centre in Kamloops.

By the half-time break, three of the SFU players had posted double digits with Matteke Hutzler (2nd-year, Napanee, ON) leading with 14 and Laurelle Weigl (2nd-year, Stony Plain, AB) and Brea McLaughlin (3rd-year, West Vancouver, BC) both posting 10 apiece.

The 34 points they posted was greater than the 28-point team effort by the TRU WolfPack team in that first half.

The `Pack put in a spirited performance and the stats show the `Pack out rebounded the Clan 50-45 throughout the game. The WolfPack also held the Clan to only eight points in the final frame.

Hutzler lead the Clan with 18 points followed by Katie Miyazaki (1st-year, Richmond, BC), McLaughlin and Weigl who all had 13 and Courtney Gerwing (4th-year, Port Coquitlam, BC) posted 10 to round out the five Clan members with double digits.

It was the rookies that stood out tonight for the Pack. Kaitlyn Widsten (1st-year, Tsawwassen, BC) posted a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Jessica Mulock (1st-year, North Vancouver, BC) had 11 points while Michelle Dimond (1st-year, Port Moody, BC) had 8 points and 10 rebounds.

This is the last game for both teams until the new year. Simon Fraser (12-0) hosts the UBC Thunderbirds (11-1) on January 4 and the TRU WolfPack (0-12) head to Regina (8-2) that same day

Men’s Basketball: WolfPack battle Clan

KAMLOOPS, BC – Simon Fraser University’s Matt Kuzminski (6’4″ 3rd-year, Nanaimo, BC) had a huge night for the Clan from the three-point arch. Draining seven 3-pointers, four in the paint and two free throws, Kuzminski notched up 31 points to lead the vis
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ors to a 110-87 win over the Thompson Rivers WolfPack at the Tournament Capital Centre in Kamloops on Saturday night.

With the second win of the weekend, the Clan moves to a 7-5 record for the season while the WolfPack goes 1-11.

The game was a back and forth affair at the beginning until Sean Burke (6’4″ 3rd-year, North Vancouver, BC) followed a lay up with a steal and another quick basket. From there the Clan just continued to build their lead as the WolfPack struggled to take back the game and allowed the size of the Clan to dominate the play.

The second quarter was a messier affair as both teams racked up the fouls and the free throw line was visited often. In the middle of the second quarter Burke and Kuzminski were at the line back to back and gained six straight points between them. SFU posted an extra 10 points over the `Pack in the frame.

Heading to the change rooms at the half, the game was 60-43 for the Clan and the 17-point spread was a cushion for the Clan, but the `Pack weren’t completely out of the running.

Returning to the court for the second half, the Clan continued to dominate and the 31 points to 27 that the WolfPack put up in the third was not enough to close the gap. TRU’s Drew Bleth (3rd-year, Ridgefield, WA) had a buzzer beating lay up to finish the third with a 13-point spread, 87-74.

In the final frame the Clan finished the `Pack with another 10 extra points for the final 110-87 score.

Burke also had an exceptional game for the Clan with 25 points and seven rebounds. Greg Wallis (6’7″, 4th-year, Victoria, BC) posted 18 points and six rebounds.

The high scorer for the WolfPack was Brian Smith (5th-year, Maple Ridge, BC) with 26 points and seven rebounds. Kamar Burke (2nd-year, Mississauga), Geoff Matthews (1st-year, Kamloops, BC) and Bleth all had 14 points.

WolfPack head coach Nevin Gleddie received a technical foul in the third quarter.

The next Canada West action for the two teams is January 4th as SFU (7-5) hosts UBC (10-2) and the WolfPack (1-11) head east to Regina (5-5).

Game Stories – December 2

Women’s Volleyball: Cougars sweep Thompson Rivers to close out first half of schedule

REGINA, Sask. ” The University of Regina’s women’s volleyball team improved to 4-6 on Sunday afternoon after defeating Thompson Rivers by a 3-0 (25-23, 27-25, 25-20) score at the Centre for Kinesiology, Health & Sport.

The first set was close right up until the closing point. Thompson Rivers held a 23-21 lead late in the set, but the Cougars reeled off four consecutive points ” including two service aces by Meagan Onstad ” to take a 25-23 win.

The second set saw Regina build up a 20-12 lead, but Thompson Rivers won 11 of the next 13 points to take a 23-22 lead. The Cougars recovered to take a narrow 27-25 victory and a 2-0 lead in the match. The third game saw the Cougars take the set and match after pulling away following the second media timeout.

The Cougars were led by fifth-year outside hitter Michelle Zulyniak, who had a team-high 11 kills and added eight digs. Claire Tarala had 32 assists and five digs, while Tammy Jule had a match-high 11 digs.

Richelle Walton led Thompson Rivers with a match-high 14 kills. Walton’s eight digs left her just two shy of a double-double.

Regina remains tied with Brandon for sixth place in the league. Thompson Rivers (2-8) is tied for ninth place in Canada West.

The Cougars won’t play again until Jan. 4 and 5 in Calgary.