Hoop Pandas muzzle WolfPack

Hoop Pandas muzzle WolfPack

EDMONTON – The University of Alberta Pandas basketball drained six three-pointers to bank a 69-44 win over the Thompson Rivers University Wolfpack on Friday night at the Saville Community Sports Centre.

NEED to know:  Pandas drained 30% of their three-pointers Game Star: Elle Hendershot (UofA) – 12 points, 9 rebounds, 2 blocks, 2 steals Game Star: Emma Piggin (TRU) – 16 points, 3 steals, 1 block Stat Line:  Pandas – FG: 28-61 (46%), 3PT: 6-20 (30%), FT: 7-10 (70%), 41 rebounds, 11 assists, 21 turnovers, 17 fouls, 5 blocks, 15 steals Wolfpack – FG: 16-56 (28.6%), 3PT: 1-17 (5.9%), FT: 11-14 (78.6%), 35 rebounds, 6 assists, 30 turnovers, 12 fouls, 2 blocks, 5 steals

With the win, Alberta improves to 5-0 on the season, while the loss drops the Wolfpack to 1-4. The two teams will conclude their two game series on Saturday night at 5:00 p.m. MST and live on canadawest.tv.

The Pandas drained 30% of their three pointers, including two each from Shay Crisp and rookie Lauren Earl, while the Wolfpack struggled from outside the arc, getting just one of 17 attempts to hit the mesh. Elle Hendershot, a fourth-year forward from Lubbock, Texas, led the Pandas attack with 12 points, but she was followed closely by Earl, who finished with 12, as well as fifth-year guard Maddie Rogers who picked up 10 points. Hendershot also led the Pandas rebound parade, hauling in nine boards.

Third-year guard Emma Piggin was the game high scorer on the night, putting back 16 points, while Chelsea Hoy and Michelle Bos led the 'Pack in rebounds with eight and seven respectively.
After a tight opening quarter, in which the Pandas earned a slim 15-13 lead, the Evergreen and Gold put TRU on lockdown, limiting the visitors to a combined 15 points over the next two quarters. Alberta put up a combined 39 points over those same quarters to take a commanding 54-28 lead into the fourth.

The WolfPack did make a push in the final frame, outscoring their hosts 16-15, but could not climb any further out of the deficit, falling 69-44.