The women’s basketball team had another big win this weekend, beating the UNBSJ Seawolves 79-39. Coach Fred Connors thought his team played fairly well, despite starting the game on rocky ground.
“The first half we came out and we looked really flat and we gave them some momentum,” he said. “I thought they came out and really competed and I didn’t feel we really came out to compete today, especially the first half. It took us a really long time to get our offence going.”
The team had a slow start only scoring 12 points in the first quarter.
But Connors feels the team’s defense was pretty good in the first half, which helped keep the Seawolves at only 12 points in the first quarter as well.
“Finally in the second we got our offence going, but our feet died in the defensive end and we started giving up too many clean looks and [the Seawolves] really came out and scraped and played hard and we weren’t really ready to come back and battle.”
In the second and third quarters the women’s team had their highest scoring quarters 22 and 26 points respectively.
“After half time we had a chance to refocus and I thought we did a much better job of defending and getting out and playing our kind of basketball in the second half,” Connors said. “We had a much better second half”
Team captain Kerrin Everett felt today’s game was a struggle for the team.
“We came off really slow, we were really flat-footed in the first and we weren’t playing our style of basketball. We really played down to their level, so we came out better in the second half and played more aggressively and played strong,” she said.
Everett said that the team has only lost two games this season, but “we are really working hard in practice and hopefully we will work hard enough to pull it through.”
The biggest competition for the Tommies women’s team is Mount Saint Vincent. MSV is sitting at 9-0, while the Tommies are 8-2. The Tommies have lost both games to the Mount, which is the team’s biggest competition looking towards playoffs.
“The three of us are kind of in the top three looking to try and find a bye, only if you are in the top two teams do you get a bye,” Connors said. “It’s really important for our playoff weekend.”
The Tommies are the defending champs from last year.
“When you’re the defending champs everyone wants to play you and everyone is going to play their best when they come to the gym and we have to be prepared to do the same,” Connors said.
Everett said the team has had a video session to watch their defense in comparison to the Mount’s, and have been really focusing on MSV’s playing style.
“It’s mostly us that we need to focus on, instead of them, because they are a very strong disciplined team, but if we play our style of game we should be more even with them. Either way I think it will be a close game coming down to playoffs, but we’re working hard”
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