ACAC Basketball: Wolves women sweep; men swept
February 16, 2010
The Wolves women's basketball team got back on the winning track. The Wolves men stayed on their losing one.
The women swept Augustana Vikings 71-63 Friday and 75-54 Saturday to climb back over the .500 mark on the season, at 12-10. They are in fourth place in the North Division and will play the top seed in the South Division in the first round of the playoffs.
The men have two games remaining in their season.
They were swept 110-94 and 94-86 by the Vikings, to extend their losing streak to an even 20 games.
For the women, beating Augustana (now 5-17 on the season) was not so much a surprise as a relief for coach Dave Waknuk.
He said his squad needed a confidence boost after the previous weekend's performance against the 18-2 Concordia Thunder (76-44 and 89-44 losses).
"Last weekend sort of deflated out momentum a little bit so we were really trying to get back and find our identity that we have been working on all semester," he said. "Our defensive play was back to where it has been, our intensity was back and our focus was back."
The Wolves were led by Jaelle Buhler, who scored 25 on Friday and 21 points Saturday.
"Jaelle's been a huge part of our team this year," said Waknuk. "This weekend she gave us scoring, but this year she has given us a little bit of everything. Second in the league for rebounding, fifth in steals, she gives us more than just scoring."
Andria Carlyon (15 and 10) also hit for double digits both days. Katarina Fialova and Deanna Konno had 10 points apiece in the second game.
"Deanna's success can be attributed totally to her work ethic," said Waknuk. "She's a great team player and it's nice to see her have success putting the ball in the basket."
The most telling statistic of the weekend was the Wolves' shooting percentage. They scored at a 45.7% clip Friday and had a season-high 49.3% success rate Saturday.
"I don't think we"ve had a higher shooting percentage all year," said Waknuk, of what was, indeed, GPRC's best shooting game of the 2009-10 season. "When we play strong defence, we can get out and run our transition game. When you're running layups and three-on-twos and two-on-ones, you take high-percentage shots. That's what we did this weekend."
The Wolves finish their regular season against the 16-6 MacEwan Griffins who will finish third in the North Division. The Griffins have a chance to equal King's University College's 18-6 overall record but cannot overtake them in the standings, due to their performances in head-to-head matches.
With that in mind, next week's series becomes solely a tune-up series for both teams.
While Waknuk said the focus of the team will not change, he was rather coy when asking whether the lineup will.
"The focus stays the same – we will just treat it as another game – but I don't know what the lineup will be," he said. "I have been playing around with things and I am looking at our options. Maybe Saturday I play everybody, I am not quite sure. I know MacEwan will be motivated – they lost a game to us earlier this year and will want that game back. We will jsut see what happens."