The season is over for the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack women’s basketball team.
For the second straight year, the WolfPack have bowed out in the opening round of the Canada West playoffs.
The WolfPack fell 79-66 to the host University of Calgary Dinos Saturday before 734 fans at Jack Simpson Gym. The Dinos swept the best of three series and move on to the Canada West final four.
“Clearly no one wants to have their season end on a loss, but I am very proud of the effort and commitment this team showed all season,” said WolfPack head coach Scott Reeves.
The Pack trailed 21-18 after the first quarter and were behind 42-35 at the buzzer.
TRU was led by outgoing senior Diane Schuetze (5th year, post, Vernon) with eight rebounds and 23 points. Tracy Kocs (5th year, forward, Coquitlam) had 10 rebounds and 11 points in her final CIS contest.
The other TRU fifth year, Jen Ju (guard, Vancouver) racked up six points. Jorri Duxbury (3rd year, guard, Salmon Arm) added 11 points and four rebounds for TRU
Calgary was led by Jessica Franz with 21 points against her former team. Megan Schaufele had eight rebounds and 16 points while Tamara Jarrett and Ashley Hirons each contributed 10 points.
Added Reeves: “I want to especially thank our seniors for their tremendous leadership and example they set all their years at TRU. “
The Dinos will play the Alberta Pandas Friday at 6 p.m. followed by the second Canada West women’s basketball semifinal between the Regina Cougars and the Fraser Valley Cascades.
Meanwhile, defenceman Kelsey Halvorson of Armstrong and the UBC Thunderbirds toppled the host Regina Cougars 7-1 to win the CIS Canada West women’s ice hockey semifinal series 2-1.
The T-Birds are ranked No. 9 in Canada and now meet Hayley Wickenheiser and the No. 2 Calgary Dinos in the Canada West finals, starting Friday in Alberta. Both teams are in the CIS final tournament, March 7-10, in Toronto.