BELLINGHAM, Washington – The Trinity Western women's basketball team finished the preseason with an 89-55 loss to the Western Washington Vikings Monday night at Carver Gym in Bellingham, Wash.
Fifth year forward Tessa Ratzlaff (Abbotsford, B.C.) with 14 points, nine rebounds, five assists and one block, and rookie forward Nicole Fransson (Edmonton) with 13 points, six rebounds, and two assists led the Spartans. While guard Dani Iwami with 26 points, and four assists and centre Anna Schwecke with 16 points and four rebounds led the Vikings.
The Spartans and the Vikings matched each other point-for-point in the first quarter with the two teams tied at 17-17 after 10 minutes. Western Washington broke the game open in the second quarter to lead 35-24 at the half. WWU shot an impressive 57.9 percent (11-19) in the third quarter to outscore the TWU 30-19 to lead 65-43 heading into the final quarter.
TWU Head Coach Cheryl Jean-Paul
""It's not easy having defensive weaknesses and offensive miscues exposed all pre-season, but with as many moving pieces in and out of our roster over the past few weeks, we haven't found our rhythm together and we will have to keep on battling until we do. Western Washington's style of play forces us to have to play inside a smaller key and our posts have to adjust, they shoot the ball from the NCAA three-point line, which forces us to commit to our close-outs or we pay, the 30 second shot clock forces us to have to play defense for longer which will only make us more aware of the defensive concepts we still don't understand and the importance of battling for the boards. These things will only help us as we move into our regular season games so I'm looking forward to our training sessions this week as we get a chance to fix the things we don't understand and play off the things we do. We are a work in progress and have fully established that winning is not an easy thing to do – every section of the game has to be earned and we are looking forward to the next opportunities to do so."
- The Spartans finished the night shooting 36.7 percent (22-60) from the field, 18.8 percent (3-16) from the three point line, and 72.7 percent (8-11) from the foul line. While the Vikings shot 45.7 percent (32-70) from the field, 36 percent (9-25) from the three point line, and 76.2 percent (16-21) from the foul line.
- The Vikings had a 39-37 edge in rebounding. The Spartans had trouble taking care of the basketball finishing with 29 turnovers to the Vikings 13.
- The Vikings compete in GNAC division of NCAA Div. II.
TWU opens the Canada West regular season this weekend at home Oct. 26-27 against UBC Okanagan. Game times are set for 6 p.m. and 5 p.m. respectively.
TWU SPARTANS REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE (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)
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.