Wolves take perfect record to hoops court
PETE LUCAROTTI - Herald-Tribune sportswriter
October 31, 2008
Wolves women's basketball coach Kim Gravengard is looking for more than just two wins in the team's home opener against the first-place Concordia Eagles this weekend.
She's looking for respect.
"It's been years from when I was a player to when I was a spectator, it never changes," she said. "They just don't believe the competition is going to be worth their little five-hour bus drive to come up here. I'd like to just show them we're as good as anybody else."
The Grande Prairie Regional College Wolves have certainly been as good as anybody else early in the season. The Wolves are the only team in the North division without a loss and will put their perfect 4-0 record on the line with games today and Saturday.
But the Wolves also haven't faced competition as tough as Concordia.
"Concordia is number one right now so they're always up at the top so we'll watch more game footage and look at how they play and concentrate on what they have," Gravengard said.
Cailin Lissel will be a focus for the Wolves. Lissel is the second-leading scoring in the North division, averaging 24.83 points per game.
"We zone in on her. We 'D' her up, play the game and make other people have to step it up and then we'll balance and adjust as that comes," Gravengard said.
Last weekend the Wolves were able to beat NAIT in part by focusing their defensive efforts on league-leading scoring Dale-Marie Cumberbatch. Even with Cumberbatch putting up 31 and 24 points in the two games against GPRC, her teammates were unable to contribute enough offence to outscore the Wolves. That strategy that may not be as effective against a deep and well-rounded Concordia team.
"It'll be a lot more intense. Every game is different. NAIT is very athletic this year but they're very one-dimensional," Gravengard said.
"Concordia isn't like that, they'll spread the ball around they'll look for different players."
The Wolves will play at 6 p.m. today night before playing the second of back-to-back games on Saturday at 1 p.m.