By Woodard, Dale on November 15, 2019.
The University of Lethbridge Pronghorns women’s basketball team has set a standard.
As such, they’re aware their opponents will hold them to it.
Riding a three-game winning streak following a weekend sweep in Brandon against the Bobcats last Friday and Saturday, the Horns return home today to face the Manitoba Bisons in Canada West play at the 1st Choice Savings Centre. Game time is 6 p.m. tonight at 5 p.m. Saturday.
With a three-game winning clip that has improved them to 3-1 in the early going of the season and into a tie for second with the Thompson Rivers WolfPack and the Alberta Pandas, the Horns know they’re marked by teams wanting nothing more than to move past them in the standings.
“It’s how teams see us and we have to be ready all the time,” said Pronghorns head coach Dave Waknuk.
“This league is too good to not be ready. So it just shows us that this is a long year and each game is different and you can’t really go from past games. You just have to go forward. That’s this weekend, too. We’re just looking forward to Manitoba. We have to focus on the same things we did in Brandon and that’s our defence, our turnovers, our decisions and the things that we do.”
The Pronghorns went 2-0 in Brandon last weekend to extend their winning streak after dropping their season-opener to the Pandas two weeks ago.
“I think Brandon was a good experience for us because any time you play on the road against a tough team you show the things you have to do defensively in ways you have to dig in and I think that is what we did against Brandon,” said Waknuk.
“The Saturday game was actually quite close and we were down at the house. It was one of those perfect traps on the road where you come in and the opponent is ready for you and they are playing up and you’re hoping to weather the storm. We did that. Friday was a different story. We came out and really played well from start to finish. But Saturday was one where we dug in defensively. It was a good sign that we could dig out.”
Off to a 2-0 start after opening the season two weeks ago at home – sweeping the UBCO Heat – the Bisons bring a strong start into the 1st Choice Savings Centre this weekend.
The Bisons trio of Taylor Randall, Keziah Brothers and Addison Martin have counted for most of the Bisons offence.
Randle is tied for second in Canada West scoring, averaging 20 points per game. Brothers and Martin sit second and third, averaging 14 and 11.5 points per game respectively.
“They’re a veteran team and I think Manitoba is a team that is always well-prepared and a pretty smart team, that makes them tough because they can definitely score in bunches and they have the ability to put points on the board,” said Waknuk. “So our focus of defence is going to really come to the forefront in this one because this is definitely a team that can score if you make mistakes. They can make you pay for it.”
Fifth-year guards Katie Keith and Kacie Bosch lead the Pronghorns offensively.
Keith leads the team with 13.8 points per game and has recorded double-doubles in two of the four Pronghorn conference games this season. She also leads the team in rebounding with 10.8 per game.
Bosch is averaging 12.8 points per game, while ACAC transfer Jessica Haenni has had a nice start to her career in blue and gold, scoring 11.5 points per contest.
Both games will be streamed live on http://www.canadawest.tv.
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