Wolves head south to face division leaders in hoops action
Everybody can beat anybody on any given night.
As she scans the landscape that is the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference North Division, that’s how Grande Prairie Regional College Wolves women’s basketball head coach Kim Gravengard sees it.
And at 2-2 thus far in their 2007-2008 ACAC season, the Wolves – who head to Edmonton this weekend to clash with the 5-1 Concordia University College Thunder – have seen both sides of the equation.
If there’s one thing Gravengard has learned when assessing the ACAC North Division, it’s never say never as far as potential outcomes.
“Looking at the ACAC standings throughout the week there were some big upsets,” said Gravengard. “It just shows how strong the North is. Anybody on any given weekend can make an upset happen.
“It’s happened to us and it’s happened to them (Concordia) and I think we’re going to be be fairly equal to them.”
Gravengard expects a tough weekend, as the Wolves look to get back above .500 after a pair of losses at the hands of the NAIT Ooks last weekend in Edmonton.
“It’s going to be pounding all weekend and I’d be happy with the split and I’d be ecstatic with two wins,” said Gravengard.
The Thunder lead the North Division pack at 5-1 while the MacEwan Griffins sit at 4-0.
The Ooks (3-3) are in third, with the Wolves (2-2) and the King’s University College Eagles (2-4) in a tie for fourth.
Players lacking in ACAC experience is not an issue with the Thunder, said Gravengard.
“Concordia has a lot of veteran players too. They have some fourth- and third-year players,” she said. “They’ve got people with experience, too. You look across the ratings along the ACAC standings and a lot of teams are like that. Really, only NAIT and Lakeland are the only ones that don’t have a core base of returning players. Everyone else has got a ton of returning players.”