Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Unbeaten and atop the Northern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference standings, the Ellendale North Dakota-based Trinity Bible College Lions lost their first women’s basketball game of the NIAC season on Friday thanks to what Providence Pilots head coach Joel Coursey called his team’s “biggest win of the season.”
The Pilots’ 78-71 victory was spearheaded by Joanne Schwarz and her 17 points—a number she recorded again on Saturday, albeit in a 78-65 loss. Taylor Goodbrandson contributed an additional 14 points in Friday’s win.
“We knew the implications of this weekend’s games on the NIAC standings as we were facing the first-placed team,” remarked head coach Joel Coursey, whose squad is now 7-3 on the campaign. “Our win on Friday was our biggest of the season and we could have done it without a strong team performance in which we had six players with double-digit point totals.”
The men, too, both won and lost against Trinity and are also at 7-3 on the season. Cash Blanca’s 25 points—18 of which came by way of three-pointers—paced the Pilots to a 95-70 triumph on Friday before the Lions roared back with an 89-81 win on Saturday. Jordan Lawson scored 17 points in the Providence loss.
“This weekend was the tale of two teams,” stated head coach Tim Friesen. “Our defensive pressure in the second half on Friday really pressured Trinity and prevented them from getting much going offensively. But on Saturday we were unable to generate that pressure and had to make a run in the last four minutes to close the gap.”
Both Pilots teams will now return to Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference play and will visit the Red River College Rebels in Winnipeg on February 3.