Not only did the Trinity Western Spartans end a losing streak which stretched back 18 games and went all the way to October, but the women’s basketball team also managed to post back-to-back victories.
The Spartans (3-19) did so at the expense of the visiting — and winless — Brandon Bobcats (0-20) at the Langley Events Centre, 65-35 on Friday night and 74-37 on Saturday.
“We’ve been working hard all season long and there’s been some games where we were close but just weren’t able to finish it out,” said coach Cheryl Jean-Paul, who was happy with her team’s all-around play.
“We reduced our turnovers, we crashed the offensive boards.
“There’s obviously still things we need to work on but I think there was a good level of intensity, especially on defence and it’s something to be excited about.
Saturday’s game was never in doubt as the Spartans rang up 47 points in the first 20 minutes.
Trinity Western shot nearly 45 per cent from the field and were led by Tiffany Olsen’s 18 points.
Corina Reimer also had a strong game, in her final home contest, finishing with 14 points, 11 rebounds and two blocked shots.
Holly Strom chipped in with 10 points and Rochelle Thoutenhoofd came off the bench to score 11.
In Friday’s victory, the Spartans defence was lights out in the first quarter, holding the Bobcats to four points.
With Trinity Western nursing a 14-12 lead in the second quarter, the team closed on a 15-2 run to take a 29-14 lead into the locker room. They never looked back after that.
“We were sitting back a little bit too much and waiting for them to come down the floor and that’s not what we wanted to do,” Jean-Paul said.
“Tiffany (Olsen) was a bit more vocal with the team at that point and she took it on her shoulders a bit to push the ball. And when we get a transition score with our guards really pushing the ball and our post getting a lay-up, that fuels our energy and I think that was the turning point for us.”
Olsen shouldered the load offensively, finishing with 24 points, while Strom had 12 points. Both players had seven rebounds.
The Spartans close the season with a pair of road games this week against the Manitoba Bisons (6-14).