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Lady Freemen lose 2 straight to U of W
11/21 - The Lady Freemen travelled to Winnipeg to face the University of Winnipeg’s College Wesmen this past weekend. While the Lady Freemen competed well in both matches, the Wesmen were able to pull out victories on both occasions with 46-34 and 62-57 scores.
“Defensive rebounding was what kept us close,” Lady Freemen coach Patti Parker said of Friday’s game. “But we struggled to overcome the deficit we built in the first quarter.”
The Lady Freemen travelled to Winnipeg for the opening game of the weekend. Both teams came missing tough shots which led to a low-scoring first half. Providence also had a rough start with their offensive plays, giving up numerous turnovers early in the game. Luckily though, the Wesmen were also struggling offensively and didn’t take advantage. The Lady Freemen benefited from sophomore Kathy Kallis’ dominating on the boards as she grabbed 9 rebounds and put away 10 points.
While the Lady Freemen continued to limit second chance points for the Wesmen into the second half, Winnipeg’s shooters eventually began hitting their shots. Providence point guard Sonia Radi (8 pts, 6 rbds) worked to keep her side in it, but the Wesmen’s firepower was too much to overcome as they took the game 46-34.
On Saturday, the College Wesmen maintained home advantage as the Providence squad returned to Winnipeg for a re-match. The game opened with a much faster pace than Friday’s as both teams came out shooting on all cylinders. Radi led the offensive charge for the Lady Freemen with 19 points and 4 assists. Providence also put on a strong defensive front in the half, and took advantage of their chances off Wesmen turnovers to keep the game tight going into the half.
The Wesmen once again began to pull away in the second half behind some hot shooting. But Kristina Larson (12 pts, 5 rbds) and the Lady Freemen hit some big shots late to cut the lead to 5 in the dying minutes. That would be as close as Providence got though, as the Wesmen went on to finish the game up 62-57.
While Providence left the weekend without a win, coach Parker was still pleased with the effort her squad gave against the MCAC’s top team.
“We learned from this game that we believe we can play with anybody in the conference.” coach Parker said. “Although we have yet to beat Red River College and the College Wesmen, we’ve had great stretches against them both in which we developed some confidence that we can put together a full game against them later this season.”
The Lady Freemen next return to action when they host Trinity Bible College on December 5th & 6th.
Written by: Kaiten Critchlow
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