Posted on: October 25, 2018
They start playing ‘for real’ in the Canada West women’s basketball league this weekend. The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack find themselves on the road as they visit the University of the Fraser Valley Cascades.
The teams will play Friday and Saturday (Oct 26-27).
The WolfPack will have a bye next week and then have their home debut on Friday, November 9th when they entertain the University of Victoria Vikes on the Warner Rentals court.
Date: Fri Oct 26/ Sat Oct 27 Time: 6 pm/5 pm
Location: Envision Financial Atheltic Centre
TRU Record: 8-12 Last year 4-6 on the road
UFV Record: 8-12 Last year 5-4 at home
Important Game Notes:
The WolfPack have three fifth year players this year: Michelle Bos (Surrey, BC) along with Kanesha Reeves and Emily Vilac (both Kamloops, BC).
Thompson Rivers went 0-5 in exhibition play while Fraser Valley lost all three exhibition games they played.
Last year these teams met at the Tournament Capital Centre (January 12-13) with Fraser Valley winning both nights. Taylor Claggett had 17 points and 16 rebounds leading UFV to a 59-53 victory. That night saw Vilac and Jordon Haggardy score 10 points apiece. All three of those players are back with their respective teams. The following night saw Fraser Valley take the WolfPack 76-67.
Fraser Valley head coach Al Tuchscherer is into his seventh season at the helm. He recently announced his daughter Diana has committed to the Cascades for next season.
The game on Saturday is Fraser Valley’s “USPORTS Shoot for the Cure” fundraising night. The WolfPack will actually be a part of four of these games this year. The others are November 16th at UBC , November 30th (at TCC vs Alberta0 and in Calgary (Feb 1).
Thoughts from WolfPack head coach Scott Reeves::
1. There is always excitement at the start of the season. How are you feeling and has your excitement about ‘opening’ weekend changed since you first came into Canada West? Opening weekend is always exciting. We are anticipating a tough match-up with FV and looking forward to playing conference games.
2. What are you liking about your team right now? Our team has really come together and is on the same page about trying to improve each day. We are committed to improvement on a daily basis and that isn’t going to change.
3. Could you comment on the approach at least two of your vets—Michelle Bos and Leilani Carney have taken going into the season. They seem to have embraced the ‘leadership role’ They have both had good pre-seasons in terms of scoring for us. They have always been contributors to our team and now it seems a little bit more evident in the numbers they are putting up for us.
4. What do you know about Fraser Valley? They are young but have played a lot together. There are a lot of local student athletes that are able to get together and train in the summer so their experience is larger than their years of eligibility.
5. Could you talk about your friendship with their coach Al Tuchscherer. And what is it like playing against him? Al does a great job and we have always had good competitions between us. I think Al would agree that even though we are not geographical rivals, we do consider these games as rivalry games because they are usually pretty close finishes every year.
Players to Watch:
Michelle Bos (5th year, guard, Surrey, BC): led the WolfPack in scoring two of the last three preseason games. She averaged 12.7 points per game last season.
Jordon Haggerty (2nd year guard, Saskatoon, SK): She was a Canada West rookie all star last year and averaged 7.6 points per game.
Taylor Claggett (4th year, forward, Mission, BC): she was fifth in the Canada West last year averaging 9.7 rebounds per game. She averaged 13.8 points per game last year.
If you can’t make the game/match: watch online (pay per view) at www.canadawesttv.ca
Home game/match highlights will be available by logging onto www.gowolfpack.tru.ca