Pack jettisoned in Round 1
There will be no Round 2 of the Canada West playoffs for the 2013-2013 edition of the TRU WolfPack women’s basketball team.
TRU was swept in two games of its best-of-three quarter-final series with the hometown Calgary Dinos — losing 79-66 on Saturday, Feb. 23, and 71-58 on Friday, Feb. 22.
“Clearly, no one wants to have their season end on a loss, but I am very proud of the effort and commitment this team showed all season,” WolfPack head coach Scott Reeves said.
“I want to especially thank our seniors for their tremendous leadership and example they set all their years at TRU.”
Diane Schuetze, Tracy Kocs and Jen Ju are the graduating members of the WolfPack.
TRU topped Calgary 69-60 in Kamloops on Jan. 12. It was one of only three losses on the season for the Dinos (19-3).
That win, coupled with a 15-7 mark in the regular season, left the Pack with high hopes heading into the opening-round series in Cow Town.
Ju led TRU on Friday with 18 points and Schuetze carried the WolfPack with 23 points and eight rebounds on Saturday, but it was not enough to down the Dinos.
“Tonight really came down to their three-point shooting and our inability to shoot free throws,” Reeves said after Friday’s tilt.
“We had a dry spell in the second quarter, but they had one in the third. Rebounds and turnovers were the same for both teams.”
Jessica Franz scored 21 points for Calgary against her former team on Saturday.
The WolfPack qualified for the playoffs for the first time in program history last season, but were ousted in the first round by the Saskatchewan Huskies.
TRU’s hardcourt women will have to wait until 2014 to try and crack the second round.
— with files from TRU sports information