LONDON, Ontario – The Trinity Western women's basketball team lost their second game of their preseason tour of Ontario 62-60 to the Windsor Lancers Friday evening in Windsor, Ontario.
The Spartans trailed the Lancers 14-8 after the first quarter, but rallied to tie the game at 31-31 after 20 minutes. TWU took a 49-46 after the third quarter. With three minutes to go in the contest TWU led Windsor 60-51, but the Lancers were able to rally with a 11-0 run to finish the game with the two point victory.
TWU fifth year guard Sarah Buckingham with 20 points and six assists and first year forward Nicole Fransson (Edmonton) with 11 points and three rebounds led the Spartans. While Eve Uwayesu with 20 points, and three rebounds and Carly Steer with 10 points led the Lancers.
The Spartans will finish their pre-season Ontario road trip with their final game against the Windsor Lancers Saturday, September 29.
TWU Head Coach Cheryl Jean-Paul
On the game
"Tonight's game was a much improved effort from yesterday. Playing on a university court gave us so much more room to work with and we tried a few new things offensively and it was nice to see different line-ups execute well. We started off a little slow, but the second and third quarters were well played and we took some big steps forward, especially with positive contributions from some of our young ones. Whereas yesterday our posts did a lot of the offensive work, tonight was better balanced between our different positions and the scoring looks were more comfortable than they have been in the past few weeks."
"We still have a lot of work to do defending primary scorers and defending the boards, and obviously losing a game when you had a six point lead going into the last two minutes stings a little, but we're focusing on a few small steps at a time. Part of our past success has been creating for each other and taking high quality shots, so every game we are playing longer stretches of that style. Looking forward to seeing the type of adjustments we can make and learn from tomorrow."
- 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)
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.