Duxbury makes her mark

on Nov. 26. the University of Regina Cougars downed the TRU WolfPack 83-78 in Kamloops.

Impressing coaches: TRU WolfPack’s Jorri Duxbury controls the ball during a contest against the Brandon Bobcats.

Impressing coaches: TRU WolfPack’s Jorri Duxbury controls the ball during a contest against the Brandon Bobcats.

It’s the little things which mean the difference between winning and losing in basketball. The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack women’s basketball team learned that lesson as they matched up with the number one team in the CIS: the University of Regina Cougars on Nov. 26. The Cougars downed the WolfPack 83-78 in Kamloops.

Salmon Arm’s Jorri Duxbury played a decisive role in ramping up the WolfPack’s points.

The WolfPack are now 3 and 5 while Regina is unbeaten in seven starts.

“We have to shoot the ball and rebound better,” said WolfPack head coach Scott Reeves. “If we did that better, we might have had a chance to win.”

Duxbury, a second-year guard, had nine points, nine rebounds and 10 assists.

“She is developing really well,” Reeves said about her. “For a second year kid she keeps her head up, sees the floor, she is in control. She gets a ton of assists. She is what you want in a point guard. For her to be only in her second year means she has a tremendous future in this league.”

Rabbitt outstanding

Four of Calgary’s SAIT shooters, including Salmon Arm’s Jordyn Rabbitt, hit double digits in an 89-60 rout of the Medicine Hat College Rattlers Saturday in Medicine Hat.

Twenty-four hours earlier, Donovan Martin’s SAIT Trojans had rallied from a nine-point deficit with 3:30 remaining to eclipse the Rattlers 56-53 at SAIT’s Campus Centre gym. But on Saturday night, the Women of Troy were much more methodical – emerging from the halftime break with a three-point lead, and simply running riot over the Rattlers in Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) women’s basketball play.

“We just blew ’em away in the second half,” said Martin. “We played great defence – we curtailed (Rattlers point guard Courtney Heinricks) from penetrating, like she did all last night. And the other thing we did was score. We had four players in double figures tonight.”

Rachel Caputo (4th year, Edmonton), the ACAC’s leading scorer, knocked down 25 points in Saturday’s win. Post Kaitie Beard (3rd year, Sherwood Park) had 18, forward Meachel Carnahan (5th year, Turtleford, Sask.) posted a double-double, with 16 points and 15 rebounds, while Rabbitt, point guard (2nd year) had 13 points.