Trinity Western hoops team tames Bobcats, but falls to Cougars

Kristen Ford blocks a shot against the Brandon Bobcats on Friday night at the Langley Events Centre during her team
Kristen Ford blocks a shot against the Brandon Bobcats on Friday night at the Langley Events Centre during her team's 57-46 victory.
— image credit: Scott Stewart/TWU Athletics

The Trinity Western Spartans women's basketball team sits at 4-14 after splitting a pair of home games at the Langley Events Centre.

The Spartans beat the Brandon Bobcats 57-46 on Friday, but lost 97-57 to the fourth-ranked Regina Cougars on Saturday.

The Cougars scored the first 10 points and never looked back in winning their 12th straight game.

Despite the loss, there were positives to be taken, said coach Cheryl Jean-Paul.

"For us to be able to score 57 points against a team like that is a positive," she said.

"A team like Regina plays such good team basketball and they take the shots  they're supposed to take and they take them with confidence.

"But I think today we learned a lot and we learned what it's going to take to get to the top."

Natalie Carkner came off the bench against Regina to lead the team with 17 points, which included hitting five-of-eight three-point attempts.

The Spartans were only down 11 at the half before Regina put the game out of reach in the second half.

"To be only down 11 against a top-ranked team was great," Jean-Paul said.

"(But) the floodgates opened for them in the third quarter. It's a learning experience and we're not seeing that in a negative way at all.

"If our goal is to eventually to get to the playoffs and final four and nationals, that's the level that it takes to get there and I'm hoping we use tonight as motivation."

In Friday's victory over the Bobcats, Laurissa Weigl led the way in the victory with 16 points as three players hit double digits.

In that game, Trinity Western used a strong quarter to take a lead they would not relinquish in the 57-46 victory.

The Spartans are on the road this weekend with a pair of games in Calgary against the Mount Royal Cougars.

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