Langley’s Spartans best La Sierra Eagles

Trinity Western had four players in double-digit scoring as the Spartans defeated the La Sierra University Golden Eagles 69-46 Dec. 30 in Riverside, Calf.

“It was great to get a win tonight while working thro2ugh some of our key points for this trip. We definitely made a defensive statement in the first half, challenging takes and forcing turnovers, which was nice to see in response to yesterday’s game,” commented TWU head coach Cheryl Jean-Paul. “Each athlete was able to contribute and work on tangible goals that we’ve been discussing to prepare us for our upcoming semester, so we’re seeing the benefits of playing games over the break. We’ll have another tough game against Biola in two days and look forward to continuing our preparations for the second half of the season.”

Second year forward Tessa Ratzlaff (Abbotsford) with 18 points, eight points, four assists and two blocks and second year guard Jessie Brown (Langley) with 16 points and six assists led the Spartans, while sophomore guard Chelsie Baham (Rancho Cucamonga, Calf.) led the Golden Eagles with 16 points, five rebounds and two steals.

Spartan third year forward Kayla Gordon (Prince George) just missed a double-double with 10 points and nine rebounds, while fifth year guard Natalie Carkner (Port Coquitlam) added 10 points, four rebounds and two assists to the TWU cause.

The Spartans played the first 20 minutes of the game with stifling defence as they took a 22 point, 35-13, into the second half. TWU never gave La Sierra a chance to be in the game as they opened up the contest leading 19-7 at the end of the first quarter.

The second half was more evenly played as Trinity Western outscored La Sierra 34-33 to take the contest 69-46.

TWU opens up Canada West conference action on Jan. 9 and 10 when they travel to Saskatchewan to take on the University of Regina Cougars.

Game Notes: TWU finished the game shooting 45.5 percent (30-66) from the field, 43.8 percent (7-16) from the three-point line and 50 percent (2-4) from the foul line, while La Sierra shot 30.6 percent (19-62) from the field, 27.3 percent (3-11) from the three-point line and 62.5 percent (5-8) from the foul line…the Spartans had 18 assists to the Golden Eagles eight…TWU had 12 turnovers, while La Sierra had 20…the Spartans also had the edge in steals 11-4…La Sierra led in rebounding with a 43-38 advantage…

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