LANGLEY, British Columbia – The Trinity Western Spartans used dominant defense in the second and third quarter to defeat the visiting UBC Okanagan Heat 74-45 in preseason women's basketball Saturday night at the Langley Events Centre in Langley, B.C.
The Spartans, who trailed 22-19 after the first quarter, turned up their defense to outscore the Heat 22-6 in the second quarter to take a 41-28 lead into the half time break.
Trinity Western continued their dominant play after coming out of the locker room to outscore UBC Okanagan 19-5 in third quarter to take a 60-33 lead after 30 minutes of play.
The two squads extended the bench in the final quarter as the Spartans finished the night with a 29 point victory.
TWU Head Coach Cheryl Jean-Paul
"I think today was a little bit more of what we are hoping to become this year. Having defensive pressure, defensive intensity, working through breakdowns. It was a group effort today creating offense for each other. It was a good sign of things to come for us."
"We've introduced a few new players and we are hoping to continue the momentum that we gained from making the second round of last year's play-offs."
"It was a good indication of what we are capable of if we continue to work hard and work as a team."
- Jessie Brown led the Spartans with 21 points, 8-15 from field, 4-7 from three point line
- Kayla Gordon had here first double-double of the year with 16 points and 12 rebounds.
- Ashleigh Barnes and Sarah Buckingham with 13, and 10 points respectively also had strong nights for the Spartans.
- Emma Jones led the Heat with 11 points.
- The Spartans have their USA road trip where they visit Multnomah, Warner Pacific, and Western Washington, Oct. 20-22.
- TWU's next home game is their Canada West conference home opener against UNBC on November 3-4.