LETHBRIDGE, Alberta – The Trinity Western Spartans were unable to get a weekend split on the road as the Spartans dropped the second game of the weekend 88-54 to the Lethbridge Pronghorns in Canada West women's basketball action Saturday night in Lethbridge, Alta.
Whereas on Friday night the Spartans were able to use an impressive fourth quarter to comeback from a fourteen point deficit to tie the game late, the 'Horns had run away with the game by halftime. Holding the Spartans to only four made shots on 24 attempts in the first half. The Pronghorns would outscore the Spartans 40-15 in the first half, and 48-39 in the second half to pace themselves to a win, improving to 11-7 on the season. Trinity Western drops to 10-8 with the loss.
Entering the game, the Pronghorns had won five games in a row thanks to sweeps of the Mount Royal Cougars, and the Victoria Vikes. With this victory, the 'Horns extend their winning streak to six games.
The Spartans were led by their fifth-year senior, Jessie Brown (Langley, B.C.), who scored 17 points, with 11 of those 14 shots coming from the charity stripe.
The Pronghorns were led on the night by Asnate Fomina who scored 27 points on an impressive 5 of 6 from three point range, while adding eight rebounds and two steals. Fourth-year Kacie Bosch posted 17 points on 8 of 14 shooting, while adding five rebounds, and four assists. The Pronghorns shot an impressive 52.2 per cenet (35 of 67) from the field, while outrebounding the Spartans 44 to 33.
Trinity Western struggled to find the basket in the opening half. TWU trailed 20-6 after the first 10 minutes. The Spartans were unable to get things going in the second quarter as the Pronghorns extended their lead to 25 points, leading 40-15 at the half.
Unlike Friday night, when TWU rallied to take a second half lead, Lethbridge controlled the third quarter and did not let the Spartans back into the game. The Pronghorns outscored the Spartans 27-15 in the third quarter to take a 67-30 lead into the final ten minutes.
Trinity Western had their best play of the night in the final quarter as they outscored Lethbridge 24-21 to make the final 88-54 for the Pronghorns.
TWU Head Coach Cheryl Jean-Paul
"Tonight's game was a meltdown of sorts. We let our early offensive struggles shut us down on both ends of the floor and that represented our most lethargic half of the semester. We want to be building up not breaking down towards the end of regular season, so it was nice to see a little bit more of an energized response in the last little stretch. We need more from our key contributors, even if things aren't going their way, but a positive is the experience some of our younger athletes got, which will only help us in the long run."
- With her 17 points, Brown past the 1300 point level in Canada West conference scoring to sit at 1,303 career points. Ratzlaff is the Spartan record holder with 1,345 points. Both are in the top 40 all-time Canada West career scoring leaders.
- Lethbridge had 20 points off or 21 TWU turnovers, while the Spartans had 14 points off of the 14 'Horns' turnovers.
- TWU shot 29.8 per cent, 17-57, while Lethbridge shot 52.2 per cent, 35-67, from the field.
- The Pronghorns finished with a 44-33 edge in rebounding.
- The Spartans 17 field goals was the fewest makes of the season.
Trinity Western will now return home for the final conference weekend of the season. TWU will travel to Abbotsford to take on the UFV Cascades on Friday, February 1, before retuning home for seniors night on Saturday, February 2. Both games can be seen live on CanadaWest.TV.