Wolves basketball teams light it up on their home court with 2-0 weekends
By JEFF KORENKO
The Augustana Vikings got swept up in playing visitors to GPRC's basketball teams' home-openers this weekend.
Playing within the familiar confines of the GPRC gymnasium for the first time in this Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference regular season, the local men and women's college hoops squads both won their pair of games to stay among their division's front-runners.
Executing consistently from the tipoff Friday night to the final horn Saturday afternoon, the Wolves women's team came away with two
near-identical victories, winning 83-72 and 71-61 to improve to 3-1 on the campaign.
The record has the Wolves tied for second place in their division with the King's University College Eagles and six points behind the still-perfect
Grant MacEwan Griffins (6-0).
Continuing with a philosophy that roster depth should allow them to wear their opposition down with an up-tempo style, the Wolves women were simply able to outrun a Vikings team that stuck with its starters in the two games, said women's head coach Mark Catling.
"We needed the two wins (against) a team that was struggling at the beginning (of the year), so it was good to get two big wins, two big margins
of victory, as well," Catling said.
The two losses kept Augustana without a win in the early part of the season,as they fell to 0-6.
"We are a lot deeper than most of the teams we have played this year. We just keep running teams and you could really see the fatigue set in both days against (them). Augustana pretty much only played six players."
While forward Jen Seemann once again led the way offensively on a Friday night by hitting for 21 points, it was the team's defensive play,
spearheaded by rookie forward Erin Slemp that set the tone for the weekend.
The first-year Hanna product was stellar in the Wolves' half of the court while once again being asked to shut down the opposition's top scorer, said Catling.
"She has been outstanding at the defensive end. She has basically been our defensive player, a lock down player playing against the other team's best player and she has done a fabulous job," Catling said.
Melanie Patterson, a first-year guard out of Wetaskiwin, scored in double digits in both games, averaging 14 points in the pair of contests.
First-year forward Laura Dunsdon of Prince George, B.C. contributed 12 points to Friday night's victory, while dominating the boards in leading the team in rebounding over the weekend.
And while Seemann, who leads the squad with an average of 17 points per game, netted a tidy 13 points Saturday, the Wolves continued to get scoring from other sources, most notably guard Jaelle Duiker, who struck for a season-high 12 to compliment Dunsdon's 15.
"Our depth has really come in handy this year. We have been in foul trouble in almost every game and we have been deep in the post position, which has really helped us," said Catling.