Wolves women prepared for a track meet against Thunder
If there was ever a need for a starter’s pistol at a basketball game, this could be it.
Members of the Grande Prairie Regional College Wolves women’s team might want to limber up their legs as the front-running Concordia University College Thunder visit today and Saturday.
With the 15-3 Thunder’s penchant for employing a fast-breaking game, there will be extra emphasis on “running.”
“We definitely have to be ready for a track meet, because that team will push the ball up pretty well,” said Wolves assistant coach Dave Waknuk. “They’re a fast-paced team. They can kill you from a lot of different spots. They have so many girls that can just penetrate. They have shooters, but they really like to push the ball up-tempo.”
But riding a seven-game winning streak and a solid home court record, Waknuk said the Wolves are ready to run.
“I think the girls are pretty excited,” said Waknuk, whose team’s 11-5 record has them third in the ACAC North Division, two points back of the 12-4 MacEwan Griffins.
“I feel like we’re playing our best basketball right now and we’re going into a big weekend and a big stretch of games that will determine where we end up in the seeding. The playoff spot is secure, but now we have to see where we go, if we travel or if we stay (at home).
“Home-court advantage is big for us because we’re 7-1 at home right now ... We’ve won seven in a row and we’re focused to try to get to nine after this weekend.”
The last time the two clubs met was Nov. 2-3 in Edmonton when the Thunder took the weekend-opener 84-66 before the Wolves rebounded with an 81-78 decision.
“I think that second game was more indicative of how we are as a team than the first game,” said Waknuk.
The Wolves enjoyed a bye weekend last weekend, essential considering the hectic schedule.
Prior to kicking off the second half of the season two weekends ago against the NAIT Ooks, the Wolves were in Toronto just after New Year’s for exhibition games against some of eastern Canada’s top university teams.
“I think it was nice because we were gone for the holidays,” said Waknuk. “There was a lot of basketball in a short amount of time and it’s nice to gather yourself and be able to refocus for the big run. We know we have four important weeks plus the playoffs. It could be a long stretch of basketball.”