Wolves Womens' Hoops Squad Improve To 13-3
By JEFF KORENKO
Rustling up a pair of wins against Lakeland College in Lloydminster over the weekend has placed GPRC's women's hoops squad in striking distance of second place.
And for the men's team, a pair of setbacks to what could be the best team in the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference's North Division may not have hurt their playoff aspirations much.
While the women came home with 70-56 and 80-66 victories Saturday and Friday, respectively, the men put up a much better showing in losing 85-71 Saturday than they did in being dropped 92-64 Friday.
The pair of wins improved the women's mark on the season to an impressive 13-3.
They continue to sit in third place in the North Division, but now trail the second-place King's University College Eagles (14-4) by two points heading into a crucial doubleheader between the teams this weekend at the GPRC gymnasium.
"Both nights were kind of the same thing. We jumped out to decent leads, had the lead going into halftime," said Wolves women's head coach Mark Catling. "We played well enough defensively both nights and scored enough points where Lakeland couldn't really get over the hump.
"We managed to control both games all the way through. Friday it seemed like we were always up by 10, 11 points and they just couldn't catch up. We played solidly defensively both nights."
The Wolves, who shot 37.5 per cent from the floor to Lakeland's 29.8 success ratio, were led by Jen Seemann's 20 points on a 9-for-17 outing from the floor and a pair of free throws.
Laura Dunsdon added 13 points on a 4-for-8, outing from the floor, and went 5-7 from the line.
Erin Slemp, a defensive specialist who has been working hard to improve her offensive ability in recent weeks, also contributed 12 points on a 5-for-11 afternoon from the floor, including going 2-for-3 from the three-point line.
The Rustlers' leading scorer was Julie Ragush with 12 points, as she hit three shots from beyond the arc.
Grande Prairie led 34-17 at the break and was outscored only in the fourth quarter when the game was well in hand.
The Wolves women have now won six in a row and seven of their past eight. They also improved to 6-2 on the road.
The losses dropped Lakeland's women's team record on the season to 3-15.