The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack women's basketball team left their fans with a positive impression as they look towards the future. The WolfPack played their Canada West final home regular season game Saturday (Feb 4) on the Warner Rentals Court at the Tournament Capital Centre. Although they dropped a 63-60 decision to the visiting University of Calgary Dinos, the 'Pack outgunned the Dinos 37-25 in the second half.
The WolfPack had a chance to win it in the dying seconds but were unable to pull it out. TRU was led by "TRU Bookstore/McDonalds" Leader of the Pack player of the game: Michelle Bos (3rd year, forward, Surrey, BC) who had 15 points: 13 coming in the second half. Leilani Carney (2nd year, guard, Burnaby, BC) contributed 12 points
Calgary had three players in double figures offensively led for the second straight night by first year guard Bobbi Jo Colburn (Cranbrook, BC) with 16. Anmol Mattu (3rd year guard, Richmond, BC) added 13 with Brianna Ghali (4th year, guard, Calgary, AB) adding 12.
The Dinos were ahead 38-23 at the half.
Bobbi Jo Colburn: 16 points, 7 rebounds (4 offense), 1 assist, 1 steal 3-4 (FT-FTA) in 27 minutes
Anmol Mattu: 13 points, 1 assist, 1 steal, 1-1 (FT-FTA) in 25 minutes
Brianna Ghali: 10 points, 9 rebounds (7 defense), 2 assists, 3 steals in 25 minutes
Thompson Rivers :
Michelle Bos: 15 points, 9 rebounds (5 defense), 4 steals in 27 minutes
Leilani Carney: 12 points, 2 assists in 30 minutes
TRU 27 Calgary 26
Calgary 48 TRU 40
Score by Periods:
Calgary 16 22 9 16 63
TRU 9 14 19 19 60
Calgary 10-8 TRU 2-16
TRU Assistant Coach Chuck Ferguson:
On the Contest:
'Great second half. I wish we did that in the first half and came out with that same intensity. It would have been a different outcome. Winning the second half was nice. We dug a little bit of a hole in the first half and didn't have quite the guns to get out of it. We certainly came close.
On Gutsy Play:
"We talked about it at half time. We needed to come out with a little more heart and a lot more energy. The girls were the ones who were doing the talking not us. They came out and said what they were going to do. They had a much better second half. It was pretty clear that they were trying to grind it out. A couple of extra minutes in the game and they might have done that."
Calgary head coach Damian Jennings (5th year):
On the difference in the game:
"We did enough in the first half to see this game through. Great comeback by TRU. Great respect on the way they played. They shot the ball with confidence and capitalized on our mistakes. Disappointed with our play in the second half."
Being Patient with Young Players
"It is a bit of a patience job. I think the thing we will be most disappointed about this game is how some of our older players performed. They made some errors today. But you have to be in those games to see the mistakes. To be honest we haven't been in that position much this year."
This was the final home game of the year for the WolfPack.
Next weekend (Feb 10-11) Thompson Rivers will head to Regina to play the Cougars while the Dinos will entertain MacEwan University Griffins.
This game was the conclusion of the "TRU WolfPack/97.5 River- 80's,90's and Wow Weekend." It was also TRU's " Basketball Alumni Night" where a special VIP section was set up near the Warner Rentals Court.