Tommies depth makes them a tough cover

 

Kelly Vass leads the league in points, and scored 20 on Sunday
Kelly Vass leads the league in points, and scored 20 on Sunday. (Johnny Cullen/AQ)

The St. Thomas women’s basketball team had the lead for all four quarters against the University of King’s College Blue Devils, in route to their fourth win of the season. The game was also their fourth win against the Blue Devils, as they beat them twice in preseason, and twice during the regular season as the Tommies won 87-58.

“It’s hard to beat a good team four times,” said women’s basketball coach Fred Connors.

The Tommies held King’s College to 30 per cent shooting, while STU was able to convert on just under half their shots.

“I saw some real growth on the defensive end,” said Connors, though he still thinks they need to sharpen up on defense.

“Offensively we’re still putting up good numbers. We’re moving the ball well. I’m happy on that side of the floor.”

Kelly Vass, who leads the ACAA in scoring, kept it up by notching 20 points in the win, while picking up eight rebounds. But it was rookie Sara Banks who impressed people because she had her best game as a Tommie, scoring 19 points.

“It felt really good,” said Banks. “It was really nice to be able to contribute to the win and will help me with my confidence moving forward in the season.”

Banks was efficient and scored seven of her 10 shot attempts.

Tommies assistant coach Peter Douthwright talks things over with rookie Jayme Hunt (Johnny Cullen/AQ)
Tommies assistant coach Peter Douthwright talks things over with rookie Jayme Hunt.
(Johnny Cullen/AQ)

“I had a good shooting game today, but I also think I saw the floor better and attacked the rim better than in previous games,” said Banks.

Everyone in a Tommie uniform scored on Sunday, and nobody played under 15 minutes. It’s this kind of depth that Connors feels makes his team a threat.

“If we can come on the floor with five other players and go 10 deep, and keep the pace the way it is, and keep our defensive intensity the way it is, then we’ll be in the hunt for a championship.”

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