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Horn women’s basketball finding rhythm

By Lethbridge Herald on November 28, 2023.

University of Lethbridge Pronghorns women’s basketball coach Dave Waknuk.

Justin Seward- Lethbridge Herald 

The University of Lethbridge Pronghorns women’s basketball team are starting to find their rhythm after winning four in a row before heading into the last weekend of play before exams and the Christmas break.

The Horns’ record sits at 5-3 after two wins at the University of Manitoba over the weekend after starting slow out of the gate with a 1-3 record prior to this mini-win streak.

“I think it’s all come through our defence and I think it’s led to our offence,” said Horns head coach Dave Waknuk.

“So I think we’ve improved steadily. I think we focused on trying to get stops on the defensive end, be solid as a unit and I think in connection to that, we’ve seen our offence grow. We’ve scored quite a bit more than we did in the pre-season. I think we’re kind of finally becoming comfortable in our systems and I think we’re getting the looks and the reads that we want. So pretty happy with our play overall but still obviously room for improvement as we keep going.”

It was this past weekend the Horns squeaked out a 71-68 win on Friday and a 77-72 win on Saturday on the road over the University of Manitoba Bisons.

Waknuk thought the weekend showed team composure, how the team defence can come up in key situations and gave the players some confidence on the offensive side of the ball.

“We were scoring over 70 (in) the last games here that we’ve been winning and I think that’s been great for us because in the pre-season we were sort of closer to that 50 number” said Waknuk.

The Horns will wrap up the first half with two home games against the Mount Royal Cougars this weekend.

“Mount Royal plays (with) a lot of size, they’re very physical,” said Waknuk.

“They’re definitely a bigger team in the league and I think that’s always a concern when we’re a little bit smaller. So we’re going to have to be aware of that. I think they play pretty tough defensively, so we’re going to just have to really concentrate on what we do well and try to find our best offensive decisions and try to play with composure against a big physical defence.”

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