Wolves women win both weekend hoops matches
By TERRY FARRELL, Herald-Tribune staff
The Wolves women won their fourth and fifth straight basketball games over the weekend, dumping the Briercrest Clippers 63-43 Friday night, then disposing of the Medicine Hat Rattlers 88-64 on Saturday.
The wins give the Grande Prairie Regional College women's basketball team a 7-1 season record, good enough for a tie for first in the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference's North Division, with the Concordia Thunder.
Friday's game was all about not overlooking the opponent.
The Clippers came into Grande Prairie with only one win in six games this season. It was a game the Wolves were expected to win and they did, outscoring the Clippers 30-11 in the first half, including 15-2 in the second quarter.
The most telling stat of the night was that no GPRC player reached the 30-minute mark in time played. The effort put forth by his starters afforded Wolves head coach Dave Waknuk the luxury of resting them as the match progressed.
"We got a chance to play everybody, which was good - we were allowed to give some girls some quality minutes against college players," said Waknuk. "It was one of those games where you expect to win, but you have to still play the game and if you don't take it seriously you get into trouble.
"We had a good start and kind of rolled away from there."
Andria Carlyon led the way for the Wolves. She shot 11-for-17 from the floor, for 22 points and added 14 rebounds, including six from under the Briercrest basket.
"Andria has been leading the team all year," said Waknuk. "It's hard to say this, but it was almost a quiet night for her, with 22 and 14. The numbers that she puts up are always effective, but where she really leads the way is with her attitude and her work ethic. She works hard out there no matter who the opponent is. She comes to work hard every night."
On paper, the tougher of the two games was Saturday's. Whereas Friday was a matter of doing what was expected, there were those who were expecting the Wolves to fall on Saturday.
The Rattlers were coming off a win against NAIT on Friday, which elevated their record to 5-2 on the season.
"We took Medicine Hat very seriously," said Waknuk. "I had a lot of coaches call me during the week, telling me not to take them lightly and I think there were some people who were maybe expecting an upset. But we handled everything they threw at us."
At the other end, the Wolves were sinking just about everything they threw. The Wolves racked up a season-high 42 first-half points and followed that up with 46 in the second half, also a season high.
"We have slept a lot on offence (this season), but we have been playing so well defensively we knew we would (eventually) have a breakout game on offence," said Waknuk.
Saturday was that breakout game.
Not only did all 12 players get time on the floor, but every player dressed scored at least two points in the game.
"That was the nice thing for us," said Waknuk. "That's rare in college basketball. To put up 88 points is a pretty good number in our league and to spread it out like that is nice."
Carlyon led the way again, with 24 points and 16 rebounds, while Jaelle Buhler (13), Kaitlyn Roberts (11) and Martine Deinum (10) also hit double digits in points.
"It's great to be the top defensive team in the league but it's nice to finally put some points on the board as well," said Waknuk.