Spartans drop pair to Pandas, Huskies

Trinity Western Spartans
Trinity Western Spartans' Holly Strom is fouled by Saskatchewan's Kaylee Halvorson on a drive to the basket during the Spartans' 66-51 loss at the Langley Events Centre on Jan. 12.
— image credit: TWU Athletic Department

It was a tough start to the second half of the season for the Trinity Western Spartans women's basketball team as they dropped a pair of home games at the Langley Events Centre.

The Spartans lost 73-53 to the Alberta Pandas on Jan. 11 and 66-51 the next night to the Saskatchewan Huskies, dropping their record to 2-10.

Trinity Western led in the latter stages of the first quarter, before the Huskies closed on an 11-0 run. They never trailed after that.

Holly Strom (11 points, nine rebounds), Chelsey Olsen (10 points, six rebounds) and Sarah Cleveland (nine points) led the home side.

"I think our effort was definitely there and the right attitude was there, but there were just times where there were little breakdowns that hurt us," said Trinity Western coach Cheryl Jean-Paul.

"I thought we had an ability to come back in that game in the third quarter, but there were some missed opportunities.

"We had good shot selection and good team play, but sometimes the ball doesn't drop and then we gave up some easy ones on the other side. That's how those swings happened."

In the game against Alberta, the Spartans stayed close for the first quarter but a 16-2 Pandas run put the game out of reach.

"We know what we have to do well to win games and I think we showed signs of it today but it wasn't enough to get the win," Jean-Paul said.

"We let them go on two big runs and it's really hard to recover from those."

Strom led the offence in that game as well with 14 points and Cleveland had 11 points. Laurissa Weigl had a team-high eight rebounds and three steals.

The team will look to snap their three-game losing streak when they travel this weekend to play Lethbridge and Calgary.

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