Spartans spoil Cougars home finale with 80-51 win

Spartans spoil Cougars home finale with 80-51 win

Brendan Stasiewich, Mount Royal Sports Information 

 

CALGARY- Propelled by Kayla Gordon's 26 points on 9-12 shooting, the Trinity Western University Spartans (12-6) blew past the Mount Royal Cougars (3-15) 80-51 on Saturday evening on Kenyon Court.

 

Tessa Ratzlaf also pitched in for the Spartans, finishing with 16 points and eight rebounds. Becky Nash led the Cougars in scoring with 20 points to go along with eight boards.

 

While the two teams hung tight in the first quarter, the difference was Jessie Brown who quickly started the game off with two three-pointers, giving her team a seven-point lead midway through the quarter.

 

The Cougars lost their scoring touch for the rest of the quarter, failing to register a point in the last four minutes, and trailed 21-9 going into the second.

 

Kayla Gordon began shooting the lights out in the second quarter, making five out of her first six shots for a team-leading 15 points to go along with six boards. The Cougars failed to find an answer for Gordon and found themselves down 35-18 with three minutes remaining.

 

The Cougars were plagued by turnovers in the first half, registering 20 in the first 20 minutes, leading to 18 Spartans points. Together with only a 30 percent shooting percentage, the Cougars went to the locker room trailing 41-21.

 

The Spartans picked up where they left off in the third quarter, going on an 8-0 run in the first three minutes, including Gordon's 24th point of the game.

 

With the game comfortably in hand, up 66-31, the Spartans took liberty with their bench players, getting them involved in the contest.

 

While the Cougars would put up 20 points in the fourth quarter, it wasn't enough to stop the Spartans offensive effort as they let the clock run out with the scoreboard reading 80-51 for the visitors.

 

Mount Royal will travel to Manitoba next weekend for their last two games of the season while Trinity Western will host the UBC Thunderbirds, looking to jump up the Canada West standings before the postseason.