Trinity Western head coach Cheryl Jean-Paul expected her team to win 12 games this season. The Spartans have a chance to surpass that mark this weekend as they close the regular season with pair of games. The Spartans are 12-6 and have qualified for the playoffs.

Dozen victories a new program high

Trinity Western coach predicted 12 victories before Canada West season began

Not only did the Trinity Western Spartans set a new program-high for victories, but the women’s basketball team is also making a second straight Canada West playoff appearance.

But none of that surprises head coach Cheryl Jean-Paul, the architect of the team’s turnaround.

“We put in a lot of work in this off-season,” she said. “I think it is just nice that (the players) are not surprising themselves with winning these games.”

The Spartans have won six of their past seven games after earning a pair of victories over the weekend in Calgary against the Mount Royal Cougars.

The wins improved Trinity Western to 12-6 on the season heading into the final weekend of Canada West regular season action.

Jean-Paul said she has a piece of paper on her wall with her season projections.

“I actually projected us to be 12-8. I knew what we were capable of doing,” she explained.

The program’s previous best was the 2008/09 season when they went 11-12.

The new benchmark is a step in the right direction, Jean-Paul said.

“We have had a few good seasons where a few games could have gone either way,” she said.

“It is not that we haven’t been close before, this is just the first time it has felt like we have earned the games we have needed to win.”

The Spartans close out the regular season with a pair of home games this weekend against the UBC Thunderbirds.

Game times are 5 p.m. both tonight (Friday) and Saturday at the Langley Events Centre.

The men’s team also hosts UBC in what will be their final games of the season.

Both those games begin at 7 p.m.

“Our goal has been to keep better every week. We still have a lot of young players learning how to win, learning how to compete,” Jean-Paul said.

“We are still finding out our depth, figuring who and what we are getting from everybody.

“Hopefully, we are still getting better.”

 

Just Posted

Parents rally to support LGBT education in Abbotsford schools

Small demonstration held in the rain to counter anti-SOGI rhetoric

VIDEO: Government approves funding of $750,000 drug for B.C. woman

Approval comes one day after province announces funding for Soliris on a case-by-case basis

Otter Co-op Liquor Store begins construction in Aldergrove

New three-storey building will be a destination retail and wine tasting facility

Titans shooting for provincial soccer gold

Langley Fundamental squad reaches B.C. high school AA boys final

Chilliwack trustee slated to speak at Culture Guard rally

Barry Neufeld listed as honoured guest by group that rallies against LGBTQ discussions in schools

Angel trucks everywhere in Langley

The Jackmans donated a brand new truck to Kimz Angels, making that four in the fleet

David Cassidy, teen idol and ‘Partridge Family’ star, dies at 67

Cassidy announced earlier this year he had been diagnosed with dementia

Vigil held for woman whose remains were found on Shuswap farm

Family and friends remember Vernon resident Traci Genereaux and along with five other missing women

Brewers create anti-fascist ale

Not For Nazis Nut Brown Ale made in the Shuswap will be ready in time for Christmas

LETTER: Jumbo Valley is part of Ktunaxa territorial claim

Ktunaxa Nation Council responds to Tom Fletcher column

Union contests layoffs at Maple Ridge motel

Demonstration planned for today at former Quality Inn

Pitt Meadows councillor convicted of sex assault resigns from job

David Murray will retire from work with city of Port Coquitlam

3,800-plant grow-op busted on First Nation reserve

Three men face charges after RCMP bust a large drug operation on the Soowahlie Reserve near Chilliwack

B.C. boy’s social media bid to get levidrome in the Oxford dictionary goes viral

‘It’s been five weeks and has totally blown up today.’

Most Read