Spartans fall to 1-7 after lopsides loss

Tired Trinity Western basketball team can't overcome slow start to fifth-ranked Saskatchewan Huskies

The Trinity Western Spartans could not overcome a poor first quarter, dropping their seventh straight Canada West conference game.

The women’s basketball team wrapped up a two-game Prairie road trip — they lost the opener 79-52 in Edmonton to the Alberta Pandas — on the wrong end of an 81-57 score to the fifth-ranked Saskatchewan Huskies in Saskatoon on Nov. 22.

The Huskies improved to 6-1 while the Spartans fell to 1-7.

Making matters harder for the team was the fact the bus they rode on overnight from Saskatoon to Edmonton had its heat fail.

“We played as though we were the tired and unprepared team early in the game,” said Trinity Western coach Cheryl Jean-Paul.

“We definitely showed some improvement as the game progressed.

“I challenged our team at halftime to dig deeper and not let our circumstances dictate how we would finish the game (and) I think they definitely responded to that challenge.”

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The team closes out the first half of the regular season with a pair of home games at the Langley Events Centre versus the Victoria Vikes.

Tip-off is 6 p.m. on Nov. 29 and 3:30 p.m. on Nov. 30.

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