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Pilots Flight Report: Women's Basketball – November 8 & 9

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

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Pilots Flight Report: Women's Basketball – November 8 & 9
This weekend kicked off the NIAC regular season for the Pilots. Red River entered the weekend double header with a pair of home court wins against FLBC. The Pilots had just landed from a busy preseason schedule, facing 3 different NAIA teams, looking to start the regular season off with a pair of wins. Friday night was an especially physical game, which presented challenges for the short handed Pilots, they had enough to hold a late game lead. Unfortunately for Providence, Red River was able to hit a clutch 3 point shot followed by a forced turnover, allowing the Rebels to take the lead. Providence would be unable to score after that point, dropping game 1 by a narrow 4 point margin. Saturday’s home opener would play out very differently. Providence was able to build an 11 point lead and hold ground throughout the second half, finishing with their own 4 point victory. The Pilots wont face the Rebels again until either the MCAC or NIAC playoffs.

Game #1
GAME: Providence University College Pilots at Red River College Rebels
SCORE: L 67-63
DATE: 11/08/2019
LOCATION: Winnipeg, MB

Trinity Blair: 19 pts, 4 reb, 2 stl
Natalya Reimer: 16 pts, 5 reb, 2 blk

Game #2
GAME: Providence University College Pilots vs Red River College Rebels
SCORE: W 63-59
DATE: 11/09/2019
LOCATION: Otterburne, MB

Hannah Van Schie: 13 pts, 9 reb, 2 blk, 2 stl
Alena Collier: 12 pts, 5 reb, 1 ast, 1 stl

“I think we played hard and would have loved to walk away with a pair of wins instead of a split weekend. Red River has some good players which makes for a tough opponent. I expect them to sit with the other top NIAC teams this season. We played short handed on Friday, and had a chance to steal a road win, but we blew that opportunity in the final minute. I hate losing close games, but you hope that your team is able to learn from the situation and manage the game better in the future. I was happy with our ability to hold home court on Saturday and split the weekend. I think our team realizes that we could have played better on both nights and isn’t satisfied with the overall outcome. I hope that this weekend encourages another level of work, that will help provide better outcomes in the future.” Joel Coursey

“Red River pressured us in different ways then our other preseason opponents had. We made adjustments as the games progressed, which lead to successes both nights. We all played some bigger minutes, and had to manage our fouls due to our shorter bench. We fell short in the first game, but bounced back in the second. Our communication helped us at times, when we were struggling on both ends of the court. Coming out with a win was definitely a confidence booster heading into next weekend, and I only see us going up from here.” Trinity Blair

NEXT UP: Calvary University Warriors (NCCAA DII)
DATE: 11/15/2019
LOCATION: Otterburne, MB
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