For the second night in a row, the Trinity Western women's basketball team found itself on the losing end of a game against the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack.
On Saturday, the WolfPack downed the Spartans 76-58 at the Langley Events Centre (LEC).
Using a dominant second quarter, one in which the visitors outscored the Spartans 26-14, the WolfPack opened up a 12-point halftime lead and never looked back as TRU completed a weekend sweep in impressive fashion and kept its playoff hopes alive.
The WolfPack, who had five players with double-digit points, were led by Jen Ju, who had a game-high 20 points to go along with eight rebounds and three assists.
The Spartans were led by Holly Strom, who had 18 points, three blocks and three rebounds, Tiffany Olsen, who had 14 points and four rebounds, and Laurelle Weigl, who had seven rebounds and six points.
The loss drops Trinity Western to 8-9 on the season while the win improves Thompson Rivers to 7-9.
"It's obviously a disappointing loss for us," said Spartans' coach Cheryl Jean-Paul. "I think know the question we need to ask ourselves is, 'Who are we in this loss and how are we going to deal with overcoming and rebounding from it, and how we're going to approach the next game?'"
Jean-Paul said the Spartans didn't come with the energy that they needed.
"It's been an emotional week for us and I think that it was just a lot easier for us to not make as much of an effort as we needed," she said. "I'm proud of the fact we tried as hard as we could. It just wasn't enough.
With the score 29-28 for the WolfPack, Thompson Rivers went on a game-turning 14-3 run to end the second quarter.
Continuing their momentum from the second quarter, the WolfPack came out in the third and blew the game wide open, opening as much as a 21-point lead, 59-38.
With full control of the contest, the WolfPack never gave Trinity Western a sniff in the fourth quarter as Thompson Rivers out-scored the Spartans 16-13 in the final frame to take the game by an 18-point margin.
Despite a double-double from Trinity Western's Tiffany Olsen, in which she had 19 points and 11 rebounds, the Spartans fell 66-61 to Thompson Rivers Friday at the LEC.
The difference on this night proved to be shooting percentage as the WolfPack shot 53.3 per cent compared to the Spartans 28.6 per cent. Despite collecting 23 offensive rebounds, the Spartans couldn't overcome the four-pronged attack of the WolfPack, who had four players with at least 13 points.
With a third quarter in which the WolfPack out-scored the Spartans 20-11, the visitors took a lead that, despite a late surge from Trinity Western, they were able to take to the final horn.
The Spartans will play their final game of the Canada West regular season Feb. 9 when they host Fraser Valley. Opening tip-off is 6 p.m. at the LEC.