Spartans split with Vikes

Trinity Western women's basketball team knocks off Victoria in overtime but can't complete the two-game sweep

Trinity Western Spartans Kayla Gordon drives to the hoop during her team's 78-70 overtime victory on Nov. 6 against the Victoria Vikes.

Trinity Western Spartans Kayla Gordon drives to the hoop during her team's 78-70 overtime victory on Nov. 6 against the Victoria Vikes.

After earning a somewhat surprising overtime victory on opening night, the Trinity Western Spartans could not make it two-for-two, falling in their rematch with the Victoria Vikes.

The Spartans women’s basketball team had opened the Canada West season with a 78-70 overtime win on Nov. 6 before the Vikes came out strong to take the early lead and then maintaining control in a convincing 77-52 victory.

Both games were played at the Langley Events Centre.

“In Canada West, winning one game in a weekend is going to be tough and winning two games in a weekend is going to take a level of maturity and resolve that we still want to work towards,” said Spartans coach Cheryl Jean-Paul. “I don’t think Victoria approved of how the game ended yesterday and there was a level of certainty that they were going to own certain parts of the game. I just don’t think we responded well to that.

“The positives are that we did battle back from 10-point leads twice and there is a lot of potential there, but we just didn’t play to our potential in today’s game. And that’s the next area of growth for us.”

Kayla Gordon led the Spartans with a dozen points and six rebounds.

In Friday’s victory, TWU scored the only eight points of overtime.

They were led by Tessa Ratzlaff’s 31 points and she was one of five Spartan players to hit double figures in scoring.

Luca Schmidt led the team with 11 rebounds and the point guard also had six assists both nights.

The Spartans hit the road this weekend for a pair of games at UBC.