Snap the trend.
As the Grande Prairie Regional College Wolves women’s basketball team hits the road to Edmonton this weekend, the hoops squad is looking to give those win-one, lose-one weekends the ol’ heave-ho.
And the team they’ll attempt to break out the broom against is a fellow .500 squad as the Wolves visit the King’s University College Eagles Friday and Saturday in a clash of the 4-4 teams that will also double as a battle for third place in the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference North Division.
“My girls are looking to break the trend of a split. They’d really like to come off an away trip with a sweep,” said Wolves head coach Kim Gravengard.
To attain the sweep, they’ll have to be up-tempo from the opening tipoff to the final buzzer.
“Our biggest thing is we’re going to have to outhustle and outplay them. It’s like anything in the North. It’s pretty evenly matched. It’s going to be who wants to come out on top,” said Gravengard. “We practised and they’ve been working really hard. So nothing is unattainable. We just have to focus on each game. So the first game to focus on is Friday and after Friday’s game they have to focus on Saturday’s and push themselves through.”
The teams not only sport identical 4-4 records heading into the weekend, their stats are also identical in the points-for and against department.
In their opening eight games, the Wolves have scored 571 and surrendered 575. The Eagles head into the weekend showdown having scored 576 points while giving up 522 points.
Gravengard said the Eagles typically run a short bench.
“He’s been going with probably seven or eight players. He only dressed 10 and has 13 players and maybe plays eight.
“Once again, that shortens up the gap for them. Although they’re very talented and exceptional, that also means a lot of fatigue,” she said.
Hence the importance of running their opponent ragged.
“I think we’re going to have to,” said Gravengard. “Lots of time it’s a bit of a mental game. They start cracking a little bit and you start getting up and that’s where momentum takes over and we definitely want to take that momentum over and push them a little harder.”