Timberwolves use late surge to take two games off Trinity Western

A depleted Trinity Western Spartans women’s basketball squad ran out of gas in the fourth quarter as they fell 62-54 to the Northern British Columbia Timberwolves on Saturday night in Prince George.

The Spartans also fell 74-67 the night before to the Timberwolves, dropping them to 0-4 on the season.

"We found ourselves in another battle tonight. Despite playing without Sarah Cleveland and Stephanie Carkner, we were able to battle through three quarters of tough basketball. We were able to achieve some of the goals we thought would be needed to win the game, but missed some critical defensive stops and scores in the end,” said Spartans head coach Cheryl Jean-Paul after the game.

“We will continue to fight through this adversity. I thought we approached tonight's game differently and so even though the outcome was the same, we are showing signs of understanding what it takes to win."

Laurissa Weigl led the visitors with 16 points and six rebounds, while Holly Strom had 11 points and eight rebounds, respectively.  Chantelle Martin had 10 points and five boards.

The Spartans had a solid first half as they led the Timberwolves 16-10 at the end of the first quarter and 32-29 at the half.

By the end of the third frame the game was all tied at 48-48. But the fourth quarter was the Spartans undoing as they hit for a game low six points, on one for 10 shooting from the field, to fall 62-54.

For the game, the Spartans also failed to make any of their eight three-point attempts.

In the first game, the Timberwolves took control in the late going with an 8-0 run which proved to be the difference in the seven-point outcome.

Strom had a strong outing for the Spartans with 24 points while Cleveland added a dozen points.

"We are continuously learning the hard way of how to play consistently, how to stick to the game plan and how to win close games,” said Jean-Paul.

“With a six-point lead going into the fourth quarter, we struggled to maintain intensity and we demonstrated some of the same critical errors we saw against UBC last weekend in the last eight minutes. But we are seeing this as a great opportunity to really tackle that last part of being a winning program: expecting to win and playing with confidence. I have to do a better job guiding our group through the fourth quarter. We have the right pieces, but we just need them to all move in the right direction at the same time."

Next up for the Spartans is a double header weekend in Victoria against theVictoria Vikes Nov. 16 and 17.

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