WolfPack in ‘must win’ situation heading into final games of women’s basketball season

  Posted on: February 1, 2018

Shenise Sigsworth plays her final career home games this weekend (Andrew Snucins photo)

A coach always wants his team to be playing ‘meaningful games’ going into the final stretch of a regular season. That is the scenario Scott Reeves and the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack women’s basketball team find themselves in.

On the final weekend of the Canada West regular season, the Pack are hosting the Brandon University Bobcats. A playoff spot is at stake for Thompson Rivers going into the two games.

Game Information:

Date: Friday February 2nd/Saturday February 3rd Time: 6 pm/5 pm PDT
Location: Warner Rentals Court, Tournament Capital Centre, Kamloops, BC
TRU Record: 7-11 Last 5 Games: 0-5 (3-5 at home this year)
Brandon: 2-16 Last 5 Games: (1-8 on the road this year)

Important Game Notes:

The WolfPack looked solid at 7-5 going into the Canada West Christmas break. But the team has struggled and now find themselves tied with Fraser Valley for the final playoff spot. Brandon isn’t in the playoff hunt.

Bobcats Lauren Anderson (4th year, forward, Winnipeg, MB) is fourth in the Canada West in Field Goal per cent (50.6). Keisha Cox(5th year, guard, Oceanside, CA) leads Brandon in scoring averaging 16.7 points per game and she leads them in rebounds per game (6.3 average).. Anderson is second in points at 11.6.

Michelle Bos (4th year, guard, Surrey, BC) is the top offensive threat for TRU averaging 11.7 points per game followed by Shenise Sigsworth (5th year, forward, Kamloops, BC) at 8.7 per cent. Sigsworth will be honored after Saturday’s game for her long service with the WolfPack.

Chelsey Hoey (3rd year, forward, Parksville, BC), who hasn’t played in 2018 leads them in rebounds at 6.2 per game. Sigsworth is second averaging six rebounds per game.

Thoughts from WolfPack head coach Scott Reeves:

1. Thoughts going into the final weekend of the regular season? We are going to fight for our playoff lives this weekend. Fraser Valley and us are tied so we need wins to make the playoffs. We played much better on Sat night than we have the past 2 weeks so that is promising.”

2. Can you talk to us about how challenging the second half has been for you? Combined with us not shooting the ball well, we also ran into some teams that were playing really well. That is how a season should go. You always want to play your best basketball going into the end of the season.

3. What lessons have your young players learned that they can carry forward next season? The biggest is probably the grind of the season at the University level. A grind on academics and athletics.

4. What is the scouting report on Brandon? They are big. They are skilled at all 5 positions and their record is not indicative of the quality of team they are. They have had a tough schedule but are a quality basketball team.

5. Thoughts on Shenise Sigsworth and her five years with the WolfPack program: “Shenise has been a model student athlete here at TRU. Shen was always a hard worker and an example to her teammates. TRU is a better place and we are a stronger program because of student athletes like Shenise.”

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

     

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