Mixed results for Wolves' basketball squads
PETE LUCAROTTI - Herald-Tribune sportswriter
October 15th, 2008
The Wolves men and women's basketball teams started the season in opposite fashion against the Lakeland College Rustlers over the weekend with the women winning both their games, while the men started 0-2.
The women kicked off the new season off by winning 53-52 Friday.
"It's not exactly how you always want to win, but a win is a win," said Kim Gravengard, head coach of the Wolves women's basketball team.
"The best part of the game is that the girls did play really well. They played very structured and very composed and at no point in the game did they feel like they were losing control."
After mixing up the lineup during exhibition tournaments, Gravengard put a roster on the floor that will more closely reflect what opponents will see the rest of the season. Every team takes some time to adjust early in the season, but Gravengard was happy with what she saw.
"You're never sure when you've got new players and new people exactly (how) they feel on the floor, but they played with composure the whole game and played confident," Gravengard said.
"That was a good sign because we'd had moments in past years where that's not always there."
The team picked up the pace Saturday, earning 21 steals and forcing the Rustlers into 40 turnovers on the way to a 71-61 win.
"We put on the press, the girls put the pressure on and we caused a lot of turnovers," Gravengard said.
"On average, you'd like to have maybe 20 (steals) a game, 10 a half, but 40 turnovers is big and that just showed the kind of defence and push we were playing with on Saturday."
The turnovers helped the Wolves overcome a poor shooting percentage of only 29 per cent, which included a number of missed layups.
Melissa Buhler was named player of the game for both games, finishing with 12 points and five steals Friday before putting up 17 points and six steals Saturday.
Both teams have byes this weekend and will travel to NAIT Oct. 24.