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Lady Freemen Not Up to Challenge
Jill Reimer driving to the hoop.

Providence lose three straight in Prairie Challenge Cup

11/30 – The Lady Freemen basketball squad finished sixth in the 2009 Prairie Challenge Cup this past weekend after suffering defeat in all three games they played in the tournament. Providence saw themselves lose Thursday night to the Canadian Mennonite University Blazers 63-52, endured a 82-37 loss at the hands of the Winnipeg Internationals on Saturday, and then finished their tourney Sunday afternoon with a 32-20 loss to Red River in a game that saw unique circumstances shorten the match.

Thursday night featured a matchup between the Lady Freemen and CMU Blazers. The Blazers entered the game with a shortened bench due to players unable to make the trip due to academic commitments. However the six-woman squad came out ready to play and controlled the play throughout the first half as they held a 39-17 lead after two quarters of play. The Lady Freemen then came out of the intermission determined to fight to the end and it showed in their play. Led by a double-double performance from freshman Sonia Radi (22 pts, 10 rbs, 6 asts, 4 stls) Providence started the third quarter outscoring the Blazers 18-5 to pull within 9. However, that was the closest the Lady Freemen would come as they fell 63-52 to CMU.

Lady Freemen coach Patti Parker felt her “girls passed the ball better and their offense showed improvement from last Saturday’s [game vs. CMU]." Other notable Providence performers included senior Jill Reimer (13 pts, 9 rbs) and freshman Melanie Warkentine (8 pts, 6 rbs).

Providence then faced a Winnipeg-based club team in the Winnipeg Internationals in a Saturday afternoon matchup. Radi once again had a strong performance as she put in 16 points and grabbed 8 boards, but it wasn’t enough to ward off a strong Internationals team as the Lady Freemen fell 82-37. Reimer led the team in rebounds with 10.

After such a tough loss the Lady Freemen entered their Sunday matinee against the Red River College Rebels and had to face yet another unexpected challenge. Due to referee confusion about scheduling, the matchup featured a revised time clock that consisted of two non-stop twenty minute halves. The clock change sped the game up tremendously and left the game seeing an unusually low score total as the Rebels took the game with a final score of 32-20.

After four consecutive losses Lady Freemen coach Patti Parker realizes that her team still has a lot of work to do, but remains optimistic that they will be vastly improved by the time they come out of the Christmas break.

“Our girls are slowly learning how to play together and develop chemistry,” Coach Parker said. “I really think the girls are starting to put everything together, but we need to take better care of the ball and we have a lot of work to do before next semester.”

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