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SPARTANS LOSE TO PANDAS AT ALBERTA HOOPFEST

SPARTANS LOSE TO PANDAS AT ALBERTA HOOPFEST

EDMONTON – The Trinity Western women's basketball team concluded their two games at the Alberta Hoopfest with a 59-46 loss to the host Alberta Pandas Sunday afternoon in Edmonton. 

The two teams were tied 11-11 after the first 10 minutes, with Alberta leading 29-24 at the half. The Pandas broke open the game with a 19-7 edge in the third quarter to lead 48-31 going into the final frame. TWU outscored Alberta 15-11 in the final 10 minutes to give the Pandas the 13 point win. 

Fourth year guard Sarah Buckingham (Surrey, B.C.) with 10 points and three assists, rookie guard Jaya Bannerman (Chilliwack, B.C.) with 10 points, two steals and two rebounds, and third year forward Teanna Bradshaw (Oshawa, Ont.) with nine rebounds and four points led the Spartans. Alberta got the majority of their points from Emma Kary with 17 points and nine rebounds, and Vanessa Wild with 18 points and four steals.

QUOTABLE
TWU Head Coach Cheryl Jean-Paul
"Today's game was a much better effort on the defensive end and we had multiple players step up and be catalysts for the team. We still struggled to score and missed too many easy ones and that really affected our next defensive possession more than it should but it was definitely a step in the right direction. We have a lot of feedback from these two games to go through and evaluate but the major piece is that we have more under our control than we realize if we focus on the right things." 

NOTABLE

  • The Spartans finished the afternoon shooting 29.4 percent (15-15) from the field, 18.2 percent (2-11) from the three point line and 56 percent (14-25) from the foul line. While the Pandas shot 33.3 percent (21-63) from the field, 27.8 percent (5-18) from the three point line and 92.3 percent (12-13) from the foul line.
  • Alberta had a 44-39 edge in rebounding, while committing 26 turnovers to TWU's 29. The Pandas also had a 23-19 edge in steals. 

The Spartans will now travel to Bellingham, Wash. to play the University of Western Washington Vikings Monday at 5 p.m. (PT). TWU opens the Canada West regular season next weekend at home Oct. 26-27 against UBC Okanagan.

TWU SPARTANS REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE (all times Pacific)
October
Fri. 26 UBC Okanagan 6:00 PM
Sat. 27 UBC Okanagan 5:00 PM

November
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

January
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

February
Fri. 1 at UFV 6:00 PM
Sat. 2 UFV 5:00 PM

PLAYOFFS
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. 

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