Posted on: January 9, 2019
It’s another weekend of restaurant food for the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack women’s basketball team.
The Pack spent last weekend on the bus in Prince George, BC taking on the UNBC Timberwolves. This time around, it is a plane ride to Winnipeg, Manitoba for a pair of Canada West tilts with the University of Winnipeg Wesmen.
The teams play Friday and Saturday (Jan 11-12) at the Duckworth Centre.
The WolfPack are 1-4 in their last five starts and are winless on the road this season.
Date: Fri January 11 /Sat January 12 Game time 6 PM/7 PM CDT
Location: Duckworth Centre, University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg, Manitoba
TRU Record: 3-9 In last 5 games: 1-4 on road : 0-6
Winnipeg Record: 5-9 In last 5 games: 3-2 at home: 1-4
Important Game Notes:
The Pack dropped both their games at UNBC last weekend while the Wesmen were on the road as well. They split with the Trinity Western Spartans in Langley—winning 70-60 the first night and losing 60-57 on the Saturday (Jan 5).
The WolfPack are coming to the close of a four game road swing this weekend. They will return home next weekend to entertain the always tough University of Regina Cougars on the champ court at the Tournament Capital Centre. The games go January 18-19th. Tip off both nights will be 5 PM.
Thoughts from WolfPack head coach Scott Reeves:
1. Looking at this weekend’s match up—looks like another tough test for your squad. What do you know about Winnipeg? They have one of the best scorers in our league in Faith Hezekiah and we will have to have a plan to slow her down. They also have the ability to knock down 3 pt shots so we will be challenged defensively.
2. How has your team progressed in the area of playing on the road during the course of this season? We have struggled to shoot the ball. Back to back road weeks are always tough and we will have to adjust better than we have been on the road this year.
3. You must be encouraged with how some of your younger players have been stepping up with the increased playing time you are giving them? It takes time for a freshman to adjust to the University level. Our freshman have put in the time and are really trying to learn our offensive and defensive systems.
4. Has anyone of those younger players stood out more than any other. I think all of them bring a different strength to our team so it’s hard to say that one skill is more important than the other
5. I am sure that Michelle Bos has seen a lot of attention this year as your main offensive threat. How has she handled that? First class. Bos has always been poised and gives her best.
6. Is that very difficult to adjust to as a player (the constant attention and defense)? I think it is tough when a player faces the best defender on the other team each week but that’s also a compliment to garner that attention.
Players to Watch:
Michelle Bos (5th year, forward, Surrey, BC): leads the team in scoring averaging 15.7 points per game along with having the most rebounds (6.8 pergame) and has started 11 of the teams 12 regular season games She averages 33.3 minutes per game
Jordon Haggerty (2nd year, guard, Saskatoon, SK): started 10 of the 11 league games she has dressed for. She is third in team scoring averaging 8 per game and averages 31 minutes per game. She has the second most rebounds per game on the squad at 5.5
Leilani Carney (4th year, guard, Burnaby, BC): is second in team scoring averaging 10.6 points per game. She is averaging 32 minutes of court time and has started 11 of the team’s 12 league games
Faith Hezekiah (4th year, forward, East St Paul, MB): in their win over Trinity, she had 33 points and 10 rebounds.the Canada West female first star of the week is tied for first in Canada West in points per game (24.8).
Faith Castillo (3rd year, guard, Rowland Heights, California): had 16 points six rebounds, four steals and four assists in the Wesmens 70-60 victory over Trinity Western. She averages 11.6 points per game and 33.7minutes and has started all 14 regular season games.
Chelsea Espenberg (2nd year, guard, Kelowna, BC): is the only player from BC on the Wesmen.
Home game/match highlights will be available by logging onto www.gowolfpack.tru.ca