November 27, 2006
By JEFF KORENKO
The holiday break in the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference basketball season should be a pretty merry one for the GPRC Wolves women hoopsters.
For the men's team, not so much.
After rustling up a pair of wins at home against Lakeland College Friday and Saturday, the Wolves head into the rest sporting one of the best records they have ever recorded at this juncture of the season.
With leading scorer Jen Seemann out of the lineup nursing a cracked rib, the Wolves nonetheless did not miss a beat, as they received double-digit outings from four players in downing Lakeland 61-49 Saturday to run their record on the campaign to an impressive 9-3.
Laura Dunsdon guided the Wolves women to the sweep Saturday with 15 points, while Lisa Deneault had 14 and Jaelle Duinker and Erica Rude finished with 12 and 11 points, respectively.
The victory followed a 72-56 win by the Wolves Friday night and kept them in third place with 18 points in the ACAC's North Division standings, behind the Grant MacEwan Griffins and King's University College Eagles, who are tied for first with 10-1 records.
"(They were) two wins that we really needed to put us in great shape going into the second half of the season," said head coach Mark Catling.
"I think we are playing with a lot of confidence right now and the girls really understand what we are trying to do offensively and defensively."
Coming into the pair of games, the Wolves knew they were the better team on paper, as the Rustlers entered the weekend with the North Division's worst record at 2-8. Coming up with the wins was simply a matter of continuing to do the things they have been focusing on thus far this season, Catling added.
"We didn't play exceptionally well either day, but we played well enough and we were in control both days and that is what we needed; to get everyone a chance to play."
Sitting out Seemann - who suffered her injury a couple of weekends ago at Concordia against the Thunder - Saturday allowed the Wolves to utilize their bench more than they have at the best of times this season.
But before taking a break, Seemann contributed 14 points Friday night, while Dunsdon had 11, Duinker dropped in nine and Erin Slemp had seven.