Wolves forward Seb Aiono reaches for a rebound against the Augustana University College Vikings Saturday afternoon. The Wolves have a tough challenge this weekend as they face the offensive powerhouse Lakeland Rustlers.
It would be the equivalent of an early Christmas gift for the Grande Prairie Regional College Wolves women's basketball team.
Fresh off a 2-0 homestand against the Augustana University College Vikings on the weekend, the Wolves pack their bags and head for the border to face the Lakeland College Rustlers Friday and Saturday in Lloydminster.
And if they can pull off a second straight weekend sweep, it would indeed be a wonderful present for Wolves head coach Kim Gravengard and her college hoops crew.
"It would be nice to come home with a sweep," said Gravengard.
The Wolves head into the weekend at 7-5, tied with the King's University College Eagles for third in the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference North Division.
The Rustlers currently sit at 3-9, tied for last in the North Division with the Vikings. It's not the first time the two teams have met this season. The Wolves recorded a 2-0 sweep when the Rustlers paid a visit , Oct. 12-13.
Gravengard said it's a psyched up Wolves squad that will board the bus this weekend.
"When you win on Saturday you end on a good note," said Gravengard.
"It makes a difference and in practice they get a little more confidence and more willing and take a little more in."
After nine straight weekends of basketball, the Wolves will have earned a holiday breather after this weekend's road swing.
It's been a physical and mental toll on her players, said Gravengard.
"We've been pushing hard with the girls this year, doing mental training and balancing out what we're going," she said. "We've changed up a couple of our practice times and cut one less out of the evening and put one in mid-day so we get used to playing at that noon time slot. It seems to be helping. The girls are able to stay focused and keep their school work on track and be ready for it.
"They know the break is coming, so I think they're pushing that much harder to know that this is it, and they're going to get a bit of a break before they get on track.