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LONDON, Ontario – The Trinity Western women's basketball team opened the 2018-19 preseason with a 53-56 loss to the Western University Mustangs Thursday afternoon in London, Ont.

The Spartans were led by fifth year forward Tessa Ratzlaff (Abbotsford, B.C.) with 16 points, while rookie forward Nicole Fransson (Edmonton) made her Spartan debut with a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds.

The Spartans will continue their pre-season Ontario road trip with back-to-back games with the Windsor Lancers Friday, September 28 and Saturday, September 29. 

TWU Head Coach Cheryl Jean-Paul
On the game
"Tonight's game was an opportunity to see us in a tight game situation. Despite having a lead going into the fourth, we weren't able to sustain it or get it back in the last few possessions. It was nice to see some young ones step up in Jessie's absence and foul trouble to others, so we benefitted from other older athletes recognizing the importance of everyone having to be ready to step up in a close game finish." 

"We'll learn from this, keeping our main goal in mind which is to better understand who we are as a team this season and what we need from each player that steps onto the court. We have two more tough games against Windsor coming up and again, we will come away with a lot of feedback and areas of improvement to continue getting ready for the regular season."


  • The Spartans were without fifth year guard Jessie Brown, who did not make the trip to Ontario. 

The Spartans open the Canada West season on Oct. 26-27 when they will host the UBC Okanagan Heat.

REGULAR SEASON (all times Pacific)
Fri. 26 UBC Okanagan 6:00 PM
Sat. 27 UBC Okanagan 5:00 PM

Fri. 2 at Regina 5:00 PM
Sat. 3 at Regina 5:00 PM
Fri. 9 Mount Royal 6:00 PM
Sat. 10 Mount Royal 5:00 PM
Fri. 16 at UNBC 6:00 PM
Sat. 17 at UNBC 5:00 PM
Fri. 23 at Victoria 6:00 PM
Sat. 24 at Victoria 5:00 PM

Fri. 4 Winnipeg 6:00 PM
Sat. 5 Winnipeg 5:00 PM
Fri. 11 UBC 6:00 PM
Sat. 12 UBC 5:00 PM
Fri. 18 at Manitoba 4:00 PM
Sat. 19 at Manitoba 3:00 PM
Fri. 25 at Lethbridge 5:00 PM
Sat. 26 at Lethbridge 4:00 PM

Fri. 1 at UFV 6:00 PM
Sat. 2 UFV 5:00 PM

Feb. 8-9 Canada West Play-In Game
Feb. 14-17 Canada West Quarter-Finals
Feb. 22-24 Canada West Semifinals
Mar. 2 Canada West Gold and Bronze Medal Games
Mar. 7-10 U SPORTS Championship (Ryerson)

About TWU
Recognized for quality, TWU has received seven consecutive A+ rankings for Quality of Teaching and Learning, holds three Canada Research Chairs, and wins national championships in CIS sports. More importantly, lives are changed at TWU through its whole-person, Christ-centred approach to education. With a wide array of undergraduate, graduate, and adult degree-completion programs, TWU equips leaders of character and competence to make a positive impact in the lives of others.

About Spartan Athletics
As official members of U SPORTS, the Spartans currently compete in 10 sports in the Canada West conference, including women's and men's soccer, volleyball, basketball, cross country and track & field. TWU also competes in the British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) in men's hockey. Since TWU entered U SPORTS in 1999, the Spartans have won 11 U SPORTS team championships and 25 Canada West team championships.