Spartans Hand Wesmen First Loss Of Regular Season

Spartans Hand Wesmen First Loss Of Regular Season

The Trinity Western University Spartans used a strong fourth quarter to defeat the University of Winnipeg Wesmen 72-68 Saturday evening at the Dr. David F. Anderson Gymnasium in Winnipeg.

The Spartans went into the fourth quarter trailing 58-51 only to regroup to outscore the Wesmen 21-10 in the final frame.

With the win the Spartans improve to 7-5 in regular season action. Winnipeg suffers their first loss of the regular season to sit at 11-1.

Kayla Gordon led the Spartans with a game high 23 points to go along with nine rebounds and five assists. Natalie Carkner finished with 13 points, including four-three pointers. Jessie Brown added 12 points, all coming by way of the three-point shot. Ashleigh Barnes led the Spartans in rebounding with 11 boards.

Antoinette Miller led the Wesmen with 19 points and four assists. Faith Hezekiah was next with 14 and eight rebounds. Megan Noonan finished with 13 points and five assists. Lena Wenke led the Wesmen with nine rebounds.

Winnipeg started the contest on fire jumping out to a quick 9-3 lead in the opening 2:15. The Spartans got back into the game, sparked by a pair of three pointers by Brown to trail 16-15 after the opening quarter.

The Wesmen extended their lead at the midway point of the second quarter thanks in part to a 13-4 run to open up a 29-19 lead. The Wesmen continued to hold the lead for the remainder of the frame to lead 34-26 at the halftime break.

Miller led the Wesmen with 11 first half points followed by Noonan who scored nine. Jessie Brown scored nine points for the Spartans in the opening 20 minutes.

Both teams came out firing in a high scoring third quarter. The Spartans outscored the Wesmen 25-24 to cut the Winnipeg lead to 58-51. The Spartans connected on 9-of-15 (60%) from the field, Winnipeg was 9-of-16 (56%).

Both team finished the game with 32 rebounds. The Spartans drained 11 three-pointers, Winnipeg had four from outside.

The Spartans will have the bye next week and will resume play in two weeks hosting the Manitoba Bisons. Winnipeg will be on the road for games next Friday and Saturday in Kamloops, BC against the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack.