Posted on: January 16, 2019
With the 2018-19 Canada West regular season coming to a close, the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack women’s basketball team is preparing to host its final two sets of home games at the Tournament Capital Centre.
This weekend (Jan 17-18) the ‘Pack will entertain one of the most distinguished programs in the Canada West—the University of Regina Cougars. Tip off both Friday and Saturday will be 5 pm.
Thompson Rivers is coming off a victory last Saturday (Jan 12) in Winnipeg. The Cougars have won their last two outings.
Regina has already secured a playoff spot and enters this weekend sitting in fourth place in the Canada West.
The WolfPack are still mathematically in the playoff hunt but need some help. They currently sit 13 th in the Canada West standings.
Friday night will be “Donors night” where those individuals, groups and businesses that help support TRU athletics through scholarships and bursaries will be honored. Saturday night is NewCountry 103.1 FM night.
The Pack close out the home portion of their regular season next weekend (Jan 25-26) at the TCC against the Manitoba Bisons.
Date: Fri Jan 17/Sat Jan 18 Time: 5 PM PDT
Location: Championships court, Tournament Capital Centre
TRU Record: 4-10 Last 5 starts: 1-4 at home this year:
Regina Record: 11-3 Last 5 starts: on the road this year 7-2
Important Game Notes:
This is the first appearance of the Cougars for a regular season game in almost seven years. Their last regular season game here was November 23, 2010 where they beat Thompson Rivers 94-64.
The last time the two teams have played each other in league play was February 10-11, 2017. The Cougars won both times. The first night the score was 74-36. Shenise Sigsworth led the Pack in socring with 8 points. Leilani Carney had 7 with Michelle Bos adding three. Christina McCuster had 10 points for the Cougars.
The next night, Regina took the Pack 76-36 with Kyanna Giles leading them with 16 points. Emily Vilac had 10 points for TRU with Kanesha Reeves adding eight for TRU. Giles, McCuster, Carney, Vilac, Reeves and Bos are in their respective teams line ups this weekend.
If you can’t make the games, watch them on a pay-per-view basis on Canada West TV. James Matthews and Matt Pouncy of Radio NL will have the commentary on Friday. TRU Sports Information Officer Larry Read and Pouncy will do the honors on Saturday. the pregame show starts 10 minutes before tip off.
Thoughts from WolfPack head coach Scott Reeves:
1. How much of a boost will the victory over Winnipeg on Saturday have going into this week? Anytime you can win on the road you take it and try to build from it. We will look to shoot it well for 40 mins and have a good defensive system in place.
2. Are you still thinking playoffs with the six games left in the regular campaign or is it a case of just taking it ‘a game at a time’. We are just trying to get better each day in practice and let the rest of the league sort itself out.
3. You have a tough stretch of games to finish out, does it make it any easier that you’ll be playing the next four in front of your fans at the Tournament Capital Centre We are looking forward to being at home for 2 weeks. It has been 7 weeks since our last set of home games.
4. Could you talk about the fact that it seems everyone coming off your bench is trying to make a contribution in some area? Understanding and accepting roles is one of the toughest things for student athletes but also completely necessary for teams to have success at this level. No team wins without the contributions of the entire group each and every day.
5. What’s the book on Regina and how do you match up against them? Regina is well coached, run excellent systems and are a perennial top ten team in the country every year. They will challenge us to play a complete game.
6. Is there an area of their game that you will have to especially watch to be successful? We will have to communicate effectively and run or systems.
Players to Watch:
Michelle Bos (5th year, guard, Surrey, BC): leads the team in scoring and rebounding averaging 16 pointa and 7.1 rebounds per game. She also has a team best field goal per cent at 38.7. she is playing an aveage of 34.2 minutes per game.
Leilani Carney (4th year, guard, Burnaby, BC): is second on the team in scoring averaging 10.3 points per game. She has the second best field goal per cent 32.1. Leilani plays 32.1 minutes per game on average.
Jordon Haggerty (2nd year, guard, Saskatoon, SK): is third in team scoring averaging 8.3 points., second on the team in rebounding with six and leads the team in steals at 1.5 per game while averaging 31.8 minutes per game.
Kyanna Giles (3rd year guard, Winnipeg, MB): is fourth in the Canada West in points per game averaging 19.2 while starting every game for the Cougars and averaging 25.1 minutes and 8.3 rebounds per game.
Macela Crone (2nd year, forward, Moose Jaw, SK): second in the Canada West in field goal per cent (57.1).She is averaging 10.4 points pre game in 23.7 minutes of court time and 7.1 rebounds per game.
Christina McCusker ( 5th year, forward, Regina,SK): has started 12 of the teams 13 games this year averaging 20.9 minutes and 6.5 rebounds per game.