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Pilots Flight Report: Women’s Basketball - January 12&13

Monday, January 14, 2019

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Pilots Flight Report: Women’s Basketball - January 12&13

With an unexpected last minute change of schedule, the women headed down to Sisseton, SD to face the Sisseton Wahpeton College Mustangs. Unwilling to take a pair of forfeit wins the Pilots packed their bags and did their best to flip to a road game mindset. Game one was exactly what the doctor ordered, a high scoring 2 point victory. Game two was a much more gruelling back and forth game which ended with a 7 point swing in the final minute which ended the Pilots 5 game win streak.

Game #1
GAME: Providence Pilots (10-7) vs Sisseton Wahpeton College Mustangs (3-1)
SCORE: W 92-68
DATE: 1/12/2019
LOCATION: Sisseton, SD

PILOTS KEY CONTRIBUTORS:
Natalya Reimer 22 Pts, 7 Reb, 1 Blk, 2 Stl
Katelin Thiessen 19 Pts, 6 Reb, 4 Stl, 3 Ast

Game #2
GAME: Providence Pilots (11-7) vs Sisseton Wahpeton College Mustangs (3-2)
SCORE: L 80-77
DATE: 1/13/2019
LOCATION: Sisseton, SD

PILOTS KEY CONTRIBUTORS:
Taylor Goodbrandson 19 Pts, 3 Reb, 5 Ast, 3 Stl
Katelin Thiessen 16 Pts, 5 Reb, 2 Ast, 4 Stl

FROM THE COACH:
The Christmas break is always long, and how a team comes out of the break will usually determine how the season will end. I was happy to see that the work we put in over the holidays had paid off in a high scoring, first game back. Earning a pair of road wins is about as tough as it gets, and this weekend was another great example of this. Like Turtle Mountain in our final set of games before the break, Sisseton bounced back after a lopsided game one loss, with a much more impressive performance. I don’t think we were mentally present and ready for a second game. We looked tired and made too many mistakes to earn the second win. We were able to play alongside Sisseton and give ourselves a chance to take both, but our mental game is what lead to our demise in the final minute. I think we could have defended much better, giving us an even grater chance for success. Last minute clock management situations are difficult to simulate, so I am happy that we were put in a situation to learn and grow for more meaningful final minutes.

PLAYER’S VIEW:
Our first games back after a long Christmas break began this past weekend with an unexpected road trip down to Sisseton Wahpeton College in South Dakota. We knew that we were going to have a tough battle, not only against the competition but also against ourselves. We needed to come in mentally and physically prepared in order to be successful. Our first game of the weekend started out quite rocky with a 10-1 start in favor of Sisseton. Everyone seemed to find a fire within and push through the mental battle and we were able to pull off a 24 point victory. Though it was a very rewarding win, the team was aware that it was going to be an even tougher game ahead of us. With a very close back and forth fight throughout the four quarters it came down to 13 seconds and one shot to tie the game which didn’t fall in our favour this time. This game will help us grow as a team and prepare us for the tight games that we will play in the future. We work this week in preparation for a weekend in Ellendale facing Trinity Bible College - Joanne Schwarz - 4th year guard

NEXT UP: Trinity Bible College Lions (4-5)
DATE: January 18, 19
LOCATION: Ellendale, ND

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Author - Tory Walker

Tory Walker

Coordinator of Athletics Information

Tory serves as the Coordinator of Athletics Information and the Head Coach for Women's Soccer.