By Larry Read
TRU Sports Information Officer
The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack women's basketball team has given their fans an early Christmas present. The WolfPack won their second game of the 2016-17 Canada West season by taking the visiting University of British Columbia Okanagan Heat 67-60.
The WolfPack had a strong fourth quarter, outscoring the Heat 17-13 en route to the victory. Emily Vilac (3rd year, forward, Kamloops, BC) had her best Canada West performance: 17 points and six rebounds for TRU. The Pack had four players in double figures. Emily Kanester (5th year, guard, Vernon, BC) and Jordan Koral (2nd year, forward, Coldstream, BC) each had 13 points for UBCO.
Emily Vilac: 17 points, 6 rebounds (all on defence) 1 assisst, 1 block, 1 steal 38 minutes
Michelle Bos: 14 points, 6 rebounds (3 each), 4 assists, 1 steal , 29 minutes
Emma Piggin: 14 points, 8 rebounds (5 on defense), 1 assist, 2 blocks, 3 steals, 27 minutes
Shenise Sigsworth: 10 points, 6 rebounds (3 each), 1 asist, 1 block, 37 minutes
Emily Kanester: 13 points, 2 rebounds (both defense), 4 asists, 5 steals, 26 minutes
Jordan Korol: 13 points, 12 rebounds (9 on defense), 2 assists, 1 steal, 33 minutes
Chloe Kennedy: 10 points, 4 rebounds (3 on defense), 27 minutes.
TRU 20 UBCO 14
SCORES BY PERIOD:
TRU 14 23 13 17 67
UBCO 19 11 17 13 60
UBCO 2-6 TRU 2-6
TRU assistant coach Chuck Ferguson:
On the second half:
"We were hitting shots and then not hitting shots. They say basketball is a game of runs. That was a tough one. I thought our defense in the second half was key. We were getting stops and playing with more intensity. It gave us a few extra options and ball possessions. That was critical.
Praised the play of Vilac and Cassie Rerick (3rd year, guard, Prince George, BC):
"She has really turned it on the last couple of games and tonight for sure. She was exceptional shooting the ball and popping out of that high post and getting those shots at the three point line. I thought Cassie Rerick was attacking and taking care of the ball tonight. She was making a lot of good passes inside and that was helping us as well."
UBCO head coach Claire Meadows:
On the Game:
"Momentum is a pretty important thing in sport. I thought that they got momentum at a key point in the game. I thought we got good looks down the stretch. We just failed to exectute. Their number nine (Vilac) hit some big shots for them and that's what gave them the momentum"
On her teams tenacity:
"I thought that for the most part I was happy. I thought we had a bit of a lull in the second quarter. But other than that we got at the boards. We did all the things that we talked about. We struggled to finish. It is important to put the basket in a basketball game."
Next weekend (Dec 2-3) Thompson Rivers will head to Prince George to take on the TimberWolves. UBCO will visit UBC. Those games are available on a pay-per-view basis by logging onto www.canadawesttv.
Next home game for the WolfPack will be Friday, January 6, 2017 on the Warner Rentals Court at the Tournament Capital Centre when they entertain the University of Victoria Vikes. Tip off will be 6 pm.
The TRU Bookstore/McDonalds "Leader of the Pack" as Rerick who had 2 points, four defensive rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals and a block in 22 minutes of court time.