Rare road trip results for Wolves
By TERRY FARRELL, Herald-Tribune staff
There was a celebratory mood on the bus ride home, the likes of which Wolves basketball teams have not experienced for quite some time.
For the first time in almost eight years, the Grande Prairie Regional College Wolves men and women combined for a 4-0 road trip in Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference play.
They swept this past weekend's season-opening series against King's University College Eagles of Edmonton.
The last time the Wolves had a perfect road trip was Feb. 13-14, 2003 - also against King's.
It was also the first 4-0 weekend, home or away, in almost two years. The last time the Wolves were perfect in ACAC play was Jan. 25-26, 2008, at home, against... you guess it: King's.
The women Wolves won 55-47 Friday night and 67-60 Saturday afternoon.
The men won 85-80 Friday and 98-86 Saturday.
"We're pretty happy with the weekend, for sure," said women's coach Dave Waknuk, whose team was swept by the Eagles in last year's season-opening series. "We were expecting to win both games this weekend, because although we didn't really know what they were like, I was pretty confident in what we have."
The Wolves led 30-23 at the half of Friday's game but gave that all back in the third quarter. The teams were tied at 42 going into the final 10 minutes.
"We had a very strong fourth," said Waknuk. "We held them to only five points in the fourth, which is one of the lowest quarter scores I have seen in a while."
While Waknuk was not happy with the third quarter, he was impressed with the way his squad bounced back in the fourth.
"It's a good sign, when you're so early in the season, to see a team that can be resilient and respond," he said. "We did that both games."
Jaelle Buhler led the team Friday, with 14 points. Andria Carlyon also hit double digits, with 12 points.
Saturday's win featured a big comeback.
The Wolves were down 13 at the half (37-24) and down 10 (49-39) going into the fourth.
"We had a 28-11 fourth quarter to turn it around," said Waknuk. "You know, our captain, Jaelle, as she goes, we go, and she led the way just with her calm and her poise. She did a little bit of everything."
Offensively, Carlyon led the way with 22 points and 10 rebounds.
"She really marked away on the score sheet late in the game," said Waknuk. "Then we also had a second-year vet, Chelsea Comeau, who played like a warrior at both ends of the floor. Anytime she was near the ball or away from the ball, she played tough and really set the tone for us."
Comeau had 12 points and six rebounds.
"The six returning players all really did show composure and poise and that maturity and leadership got us through the weekend," said Waknuk.