Tanner Michalenko, Mount Royal Sports Information
CALGARY – The Trinity Western Spartans came up clutch on Friday night at Kenyon Court, defeating the Mount Royal Cougars by a score of 87-82.
Jessie Brown and Kayla Gordon were the standouts for the Spartans. Brown finished with 29 points, including eight three-point field goals. Gordon finished with a double double; 26 points and 14 rebounds on 13-20 shooting.
Becky Nash continued her impressive fourth year campaign with Mount Royal. She finished with 14 points and nine rebounds, while adding in a couple of assists.
The Cougars set the tone early in Friday night's contest. Becky Nash was having her way with the Spartan defenders in the post, providing MRU with six of their first eight.
Mount Royal built a 12-point lead in the first quarter but it didn't last long. In the second, the Spartans took back momentum. A 10-0 Spartan run got Trinity Western right back in the game.
With just over four minutes left in the half, Jessie Brown caught fire. Brown put up 11 straight points in just over a two-minute span. Brown's solo run put the Spartans up seven before the half.
Fifth-year Cougar guard Angela Driscoll inspired her teammates at the start of the second half, which seemed to spark the rest of the team. Mount Royal clawed their way back in the third and found themselves heading in the final quarter with a slim 2-point lead.
The Cougars continued to bring the pressure in the final quarter, building a 9-point lead with just 3:41 left as things looked to be all but over. Each time Mount Royal built a large lead the Spartans came back with a run of their own.
Trinity Western's Sarah Gordon and Jesse Brown ignited the Spartan offense late down the stretch as momentum quickly shifted. Mount Royal's defense just couldn't handle the relentless attack and began to fold under the pressure.
Brown and Gordon's clutch baskets kicked off the Spartans' huge 17-2 run to end the game and steal this one from Mount Royal on home court.
Mount Royal's loss sees them fall to 3-14 on the year, while Trinity Western's improves their record to 11-6.
The Cougars and Spartans will do it all over again tomorrow afternoon on Kenyon Court. Tip-off is slated for 4:00pm MST.