GORDON EARNS SECOND STRAIGHT DOUBLE DOUBLE IN WIN OVER MRU

GORDON EARNS SECOND STRAIGHT DOUBLE DOUBLE IN WIN OVER MRU

CALGARY – Propelled by Kayla Gordon (Prince George, B.C.), who had 26 points and 10 rebounds, the Trinity Western Spartans blew past Mount Royal 80-51 on Saturday on Kenyon Court.
 
Gordon registered her second consecutive double double, as she combined for 52 points and 24 rebounds in TWU's weekend sweep of the Cougars.

Tessa Ratzlaff (Abbotsford, B.C.) also pitched in for the Spartans, finishing with 16 points and eight rebounds. Becky Nash led the Cougars in scoring with 20 points to go along with eight boards.

With their 12th win of the season, the Spartans (12-6) set a program record for wins in season. TWU's previous best was 11 when the team went 11-12 in 2008-09.

The Spartans have won six of their last seven games.

"This was the response we were hoping to receive after yesterday's game," said Spartans coach Cheryl Jean-Paul. "The defensive intensity fueled our offence and allowed us to continue to push with everyone getting opportunities to be a part of the win. We had a great effort on the boards and sharper rotations, which created some fantastic looks and it was nice to see everyone contribute."

As a team, TWU shot 45.7 per cent from the field, while MRU shot 34.5 per cent.

TWU will host UBC Feb. 10-11 at the Langley Events Centre in the final weekend of the regular season. Friday's contest is the Spartans annual Shoot for the Cure night as part of the U SPORTS fundraising initiative that raises money for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and other related charities.

While the two teams hung tight in the first quarter, the difference was Jessie  (Langley, B.C.) who started the game off with two 3-pointers, giving TWU a seven-point lead midway through the quarter.
 
The Cougars lost their scoring touch for the rest of the quarter, failing to register a point in the last four minutes, and trailed 21-9 going into the second.
 
Gordon began shooting the lights out in the second quarter, making five out of her first six shots for a team-leading 15 points to go along with six boards. The Cougars failed to find an answer for Gordon and found themselves down 35-18 with three minutes remaining.
 
The Cougars were plagued by turnovers in the first half, registering 20 in the first 20 minutes, leading to 18 Spartans points. With only a 30 percent shooting percentage, the Cougars went to the locker room trailing 41-21. TWU shot 43.8 per cent in the first half.
 
The Spartans picked up where they left off in the third quarter, going on an 8-0 run in the first three minutes, including Gordon's 24th point of the game.
 
With the Spartans possessing a comfortable lead, at 66-31, TWU took rolled out its bench, getting a variety of players involved in the contest. For TWU, nine players played 13 or more minutes, while all 11 Spartans played at least seven minutes.
 
While the Cougars put up 20 points in the fourth quarter, it wasn't enough to stop the Spartans offensive effort as they let the clock run out with the scoreboard reading 80-51 for the visitors.

Game Notes: The 29-point win is the Spartans largest margin of victory since Dec. 1, 2012, when TWU beat Brandon 74-23…TWU had a 45-36 edge in rebounds…the Spartans had a 28-14 advantage in points off turnovers.
 
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