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EDMONTON – Opening its final weekend of preseason action, Trinity Western's women's basketball team lost 78-40 against Calgary Saturday.

The Spartans Tessa Ratzlaff (Abbotsford, B.C.) had a team-high 11 points in the loss, while first-year Nicole Fransson (Edmonton) contributed eight points while adding six rebounds.

Jessie Brown (Langley, B.C.) added seven points and five rebounds.

As a team, TWU shot 31.8 per cent from the field and was 0 for 5 from 3-point range.

The Spartans will now prepare to play Alberta Sunday at 10 a.m. (PT) before travelling to the University of Western Washington to play the Vikings Monday at 5 p.m. (PT).

TWU opens the Canada West regular season at home Oct. 26-27 against UBC Okanagan.

TWU Head Coach Cheryl Jean-Paul
"Today's game wasn't a great representation of who we could be as a program. It was a disappointing first half as we didn't show any desire to play defense, rebound the ball or assertively do anything on offense. We are going to continue to learn hard lessons about playing the way we train in re-evaluating our practice environment, not committing enough energy to defense which then directly affects a lethargic offense. Until we can make that commitment consistently, we are going to continue to struggle. I thought our response in the second half was better, but based on the number of offensive boards and turnovers, we still have a lot of work to do. We really haven't discerned our identity as a team - what makes us tick and what will bring us success, and until that time, we are going to continue to chase and react rather than anticipate and create. I do think that sometimes we need these kind of games to remind ourselves that each season has it's own story to write and we have to step up and become the authors of this year's story or else our opponents will always get the last say."

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.