WOMEN’S BASKETBALL HOSTS PLAYOFFS; MHKY, T&F COMPETE AT HOME

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL HOSTS PLAYOFFS; MHKY, T&F COMPETE AT HOME

LANGLEY, British Columbia – Trinity Western’s women’s basketball team will host a home playoffs series for the first time in the program’s history this weekend as they take on Brandon in a best-of-three Canada West Play-In series, starting Thursday at the Langley Events Centre. The men’s hockey team hosts Victoria Saturday afternoon and the Spartans pole vaulters will compete in a showcase event Saturday at TWU’s David E. Enarson Gym. Both volleyball teams return to action this weekend as they travel to play Winnipeg.

WEEKEND PREVIEW

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
Game 1 | Thursday, Feb. 16 vs. Brandon (8-12) – 7 p.m. (PT)
Game 2 | Friday, Feb. 17 vs. Brandon (8-12) – 7 p.m. (PT)
Game 3 (if necessary) | Saturday, Feb. 18 vs. Brandon (8-12) – 7 p.m. (PT)

TRINITY WESTERN SPARTANS (12-8)
U SPORTS ranking: NR
Canada West Standings: 7th
Last Game: UBC (62-53 L)
Streak: 2 losses
Form: L-W-W-L-L
2015-16 CW Regular Season Record: 8-12
2015-16 CW Playoff Record: 1-2

STORYLINE
The Spartans put together the first winning season in program history and will host a playoff series for the first time ever. With Brandon, in town, TWU will now look to make more history as the Spartans aim for their first ever playoff series victory. The winner of this weekend’s series takes on second-seeded Regina in the Canada West quarter-finals.

MEN’S HOCKEY
Saturday, Feb. 18 vs. Victoria (9-10-0-1) – 12:30 p.m. (PT)

TRINITY WESTERN SPARTANS (12-5-0-2)
BCIHL standings: 2nd  
Last game: Selkirk (4-1 W)
Streak: 1 win
Form: W-L-L-L-W
2015-16 BCIHL Record: 13-9-0-2 (3rd)
2015-16 BCIHL Playoff Record: 2-2 (2nd)

STORYLINE
The Spartans will play their final regular season game on home ice in a rare Saturday afternoon tilt against Victoria. Coming off a win over Selkirk last weekend, the Spartans will look to build some momentum as they will follow up this weekend’s game with four straight road contests to end the season.

TRACK & FIELD
Saturday, Feb. 18 – Spartan Pole Vault Challenge – 3:30 p.m. (PT)

TRINITY WESTERN SPARTANS
Men’s U SPORTS ranking: No. 10
Women’s U SPORTS ranking: No. 8
Men’s Canada West ranking: 1st     
Women’s Canada West ranking: 6th

STORYLINE
The Spartans will host a showcase pole vault event on campus this Saturday at the David E. Enarson Gym. The competition will feature Spartan vaulters as they prepare for the Canada West championships, which are Feb. 24-25.

MEN’S VOLLEYBALL
Friday, Feb. 17 at Winnipeg (11-9) – 5:30 p.m. (PT)
Saturday, Feb. 18 at Winnipeg (11-9) – 4 p.m. (PT)

TRINITY WESTERN SPARTANS (18-2)
U SPORTS ranking: No. 2
Canada West Standings: 2nd
Last Game: Brandon (3-0 W)
Streak: 3 wins
Form: W-L-W-W-W
2015-16 CW Regular Season Record: 14-10
2015-16 CW Playoff Record: 4-0 (1st)

STORYLINE
The No. 2-ranked Spartans are back on the court this weekend and will take on an always-challenging Winnipeg side on the road. While TWU can still finish anywhere from first to third in the Canada West standings, there’s a chance that this weekend’s matchup could be a playoff preview for the conference quarter-finals. The Spartans have already ensured they will be at home to start the playoffs. The question is whether they will host a quarter-final series or, if they finish first overall in the conference standings, the Final Four.

WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL
Friday, Feb. 17 at Winnipeg (2-18) – 4 p.m. (PT)
Saturday, Feb. 18 at Winnipeg (2-18) – 5:30 p.m. (PT)

TRINITY WESTERN SPARTANS (17-3)
U SPORTS ranking: No. 3
Canada West Standings: 2nd    
Last Game: Brandon (3-0 W)
Streak: 2 wins
Form: W-L-L-W-W
2015-16 CW Regular Season Record: 20-4
2015-16 CW Playoff Record: 4-0 (1st)

STORYLINE    
With unbeaten Alberta likely set to finish first overall in the Canada West standings, the Spartans have their sights set on a second-place finish. The Spartans have already secured home court advantage for a Canada West quarter-final series, but finishing second overall would also see TWU avoid a potential semifinal matchup with the Pandas. The top three teams at the Final Four advance to the national championship tournament.

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