TWU basketball: Spartans season comes to close

A pair of single-digit losses prevented the Trinity Western Spartans from closing their season on a four-game winning streak.

The women’s basketball team fell 66-61 and 60-54 to the Manitoba Bisons (8-14) over the weekend in Winnipeg.

The Spartans finished the Canada West campaign at 3-21.

Graduating senior Corina Reimer finished her stellar career with a near record, hauling down 19 rebounds, one shy of her own school record. She also had 16 points and a blocked shot.

Tiffany Olsen led the team with 18 points while Emily Knauff had 11.

The Spartans only have themselves to blame for the loss, shooting just 50 per cent from the free throw line.

They also beat themselves on Friday, leading in nearly ever statistical category. But the team committed 37 turnovers.

“It came down to turnovers again,” said Spartans coach Cheryl Jean-Paul. “All of our close games seem to be a matter of us not giving ourselves enough opportunities to extend our lead, while giving the other team too many second chances to get back into the game.

“So unfortunately, it was a game that was within our grasp that we let go.”

Olsen had a dominant game in the defeat, finishing with 27 points, 11 rebounds, four assists, three blocks and two steals.

The Spartans led for much of the game, but the Bisons scored 40 points in the second half to win by five.