SPARTANS CLINCH PLAY-OFF SPOT WITH WEEKEND SWEEP OF BISONS
WINNIPEG, Manitoba – Trinity Western fifth year forward Tessa Ratzlaff (Abbotsford, B.C.) had her second double-double of the weekend with an identical 21 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Spartans to a 68-60 victory over the Manitoba Bisons Saturday night at the Investors Group Athletic Centre Saturday night in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Trinity Western earned the sweep after yesterday's matchup 80-66. With the wins, Trinity Western improves their record to 10-6. With the losses, Manitoba's record moves to 6-10.
Second year guard Kianna Wiens (Regina) had a strong night for TWU with 14 points, eight rebounds and four assists, while fifth year guard Jessie Brown (Langley, B.C.) added 13 points and four rebounds. Fourth year guard Sarah Buckingham (Langley, B.C.) did not find the basket but finished with a game high six assists to go with six rebounds. Bisons forward Claire Harvey had 16 points and eight rebounds, Addison Martin had 13 points and seven rebounds, while Nicole Konieczny led the team with nine rebounds, while adding three assists.
The two teams were evenly matched in the first half. TWU and Manitoba were tied 15-15 at the end of 10 minutes. Outscoring the Bisions 22-15 in the second quarter enabled the Spartans to take a 37-30 lead into the half-time break.
The Spartans maintained their lead 46-40 with three minutes to go in the third quarter, but TWU ended the quarter with a 8-0 run to break the game open and lead 54-40 heading into the final frame.
TWU extended their lead 18 points, 60-42, with seven minutes remaining in the game. Manitoba slowly cut into the lead over the final seven minutes cutting TWU's lead to six point, 66-60, with 30 seconds remaining, but were unable to close the gap as the Spartans held on for the win.
TWU Head Coach Cheryl Jean-Paul
Tonight was the battle we expected - physically demanding and mentally tough but it was nice to see our resilience in handling their pushes and continuing our play of crashing the boards and creating shots for each other. It was nice to see critical substitutions when foul trouble took its toll and how well those contributed to the win. Different players stepped up and gave us momentum when we needed it, and that is so important heading into two more challenging weekends of league play."
On the physical game
"We talked about that going into today's game – that they were going to have to physically push back from the loss yesterday. They did that and we needed to weather that, and I thought that's what the results showed."
- With her 11 rebounds Tessa Ratzlaff became the Spartans all-time rebounding leader with 634 career rebounds, passing Kayla Gordon's ('18) 632 rebounds.
- The Spartans had 59 rebounds which breaks the TWU all-time record of 57 rebounds, which they set Friday night. The Spartans had 116 rebounds on the weekend.
- TWU shot 26-39 (37.7 per cent) from the field, 5-19 (26.3) from three point line and 11-19 (57.9) from the foul line, while Manitoba shot 22-74 (29.7) from the field, 5-21 (23.8) from the three point line and 11-12 (91.7) from the foul line.
Trinity Western continues on the road next weekend as they travel to southern Alberta to take on the Lethbridge Pronghorns, starting January 25, while the Manitoba will also be away as they travel to Kamloops, B.C. to take on the Thompson Rivers WolfPack. You can catch all these match-ups live online at CanadaWest.TV.