Pizza Place Players of the Week
Men’s Basketball Matt Opalko
Matt Opalko had himself a fine game against the Saskatchewan Huskies on Saturday night. The first year guard picked up 18 points on 7 of 8 shooting from the field, including 3 for 3 from beyond the arc.
Women’s Basketball JoAnne Wells
JoAnne Wells continues to make a case for herself as the outstanding Women’s Basketball player in the CIS for 2003-04. The fourth year guard led the Wesmen to two wins over Canada West Conference rivals Alberta and Saskatchewan on the weekend. On Friday night Wells had 23 points, 7 rebounds and 4 steals in a 64-61 win over the Alberta Pandas. The next night against the Saskatchewan Huskies, Wells was again the catalyst for a Winnipeg win, hitting for 20 points in a 75-55 victory. The fourth year Arts student leads the Canada West Conference in scoring with a 19.9 points a game clip, is seventh in rebounding at 6.9 a contest and is fourth in field goal percentage at .548. Wells also excels at the line where her .854 is tops in the conference in free-throw shooting percentage. The Bedford, Nova Scotia native has led the Wesmen to a 9-3 conference record and the No. 4 ranking in the country. Wells was a First Team Canada West Conference all-star and First Team All-Canadian in 2002-03. She was also an all-star at the 2003 Nationals where the Wesmen were silver medalists.
The Wesmen upped their Canada West Conference record to 9-3 with a pair of victories over the Alberta Pandas and the Saskatchewan Huskies on the weekend. The No. 4 ranked Wesmen were in tough against the Pandas for most of the game on Friday night until the offense kicked into high gear, setting the stage for a 64-61 win. Fourth year guard JoAnne Wells led the charge for Winnipeg, netting 23 points to go along with 7 rebounds. Second year guard Uzo Asagwara contributed 15 points and 4 assists, while fourth year post Heather Thompson dominated the boards grabbing 19 rebounds to go along with 10 points. On Saturday night, the Saskatchewan Huskies were no match for the Wesmen as Winnipeg dominated the final twenty minutes en route to a 75-55 victory. Wells’ 20 points was tops for the Wesmen. Third year forward Kate Daniels and fifth year guard Sally Kaznica posted 18 and 13 points respectively. And rookie Stefanie Timmersman had a half of basketball she will remember of a long time. The Rouseau, Minnesota native scored 14 points on 7 of 7 shooting, picking up her first career double-double (16 points, 11 rebounds) in the process. The Wesmen are on the road Thursday where they meet the Brandon Bobcats, and then return to the Duckworth Centre to meet the same Bobcats at 6:15 p.m. on Saturday.
The Wesmen earned a split with the Saskatchewan Huskies by way of a 3-2 win on Saturday night. Fourth year middle Andrea Charbonneau led the way with 17 kills, 5 digs and 2 stuff blocks. Fourth year left side Aynsley Laluk and third year left side Jocelyne Roy added 9 kills each. The Wesmen dropped the first set, but won both the second and third ones. The Huskies rallied to claim the fourth set, but the Wesmen settled down for a 15-7 fifth set victory and the match. On Friday night the Huskies were 3-2 winners. Laluk had 18 kills and Roy 10 in a losing effort. This week is a bye week for the No. 6 ranked Wesmen, who now boast a 6-8 record and sit in fourth spot in the Canada West Conference with six matches remaining.
The No. 4 ranked Wesmen were swept by the No. 3 ranked Saskatchewan Huskies in Saskatoon on the weekend. The Wesmen were on the losing end of 3-0 scores on both Friday and Saturday night. Rookie Ben Schellenberg’s 13 kills led Winnipeg on Saturday night, while Stephen Ens had 7 kills for the Wesmen on Friday night. Winnipeg now travels to Langley, B.C. for two crucial matches against the No. 5 ranked Trinity Western Spartans. The Spartans and Wesmen have identical 6-6 records.
It was another pair of tough losses for the Wesmen on the weekend. On Friday night the No. 4 ranked Alberta Golden Bears were the visitors to the Duckworth Centre, and left with a 71-57 win. Fourth year forward Dave Brar had 14 points and rookie guard Marlon Richards added 11 in a losing effort. On Saturday night the Wesmen rallied in the final moments of the game, but the comeback fell short, and the Saskatchewan Huskies escaped with a 71-66 victory. Rookie Matt Opalko continues to show his offensive talents and had 18 points against the Huskies. Brar added 16 points. Winnipeg drops to 0-12 in Canada West Conference play and now travel west to Brandon for the first end of a home and home series with the Bobcats on Thursday night. The return engagement is at the Duckworth Centre on Saturday night at 8:00 p.m.