CALGARY, ALTA., (Dec. 1, 2018) — It was a case of too little, too late for the SAIT Trojans women's basketball team Saturday afternoon.
After scoring a combined 30 points in the first three quarters, SAIT poured in 34 in the final 10 minutes of play in their 69-64 loss to the Briercrest College Clippers in their final Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) regular season of the first semester.
"Yet another game we are left to wonder 'what if?'," said Trojans head coach Bir Parmar. "Hopefully, at the end of the season, we're not looking back at this game wondering 'what if?' as we sit at home during the playoffs."
SAIT's record at the midway point is 3-7. Briercrest checks in at 4-6.
It was a very tough start to the game for the Trojans, who shot just six per cent from the field en route to a four-point quarter. Briercrest, on the other hand, shot 50 per cent from the field as they scored 24.
Things did not get much better in the second or third, as SAIT scored a combined 26 points.
Despite trailing by 30 mid-way through the third quarter, the Trojans rallied in the final quarter with 34 points to make things close at the end.
"It was momentum; all it took was a bucket and a steal and then everybody started to feel some energy," Parmar explained. "That energy was lacking yesterday, and it was lacking at the beginning of today's game."
Anegor Wol (1st year, Edmonton, Alta., Academic Upgrading) led the charge in the final quarter, scoring 12 points, including a buzzer-beating three-pointer in which she was fouled. She made the ensuing free throw with no time left on the clock to finish the scoring.
She finished the game with 17 points and seven rebounds. Teammate Mel Woolley (5th year, Sturgeon County, Alta., Bachelor of Business Administration) added 18 points and four assists.
Tracy Lewis led the Clippers with 21 points.
Now the Trojans will have over a month off before resuming their ACAC regular season schedule. Parmar has changed his mind on whether or not the layoff is a good thing for his team.
"Coming into this weekend, we were playing pretty good, so I would have said the break was a bad thing, but now I don't know," he said. "We have some injuries to sort out. Giving them a chance to re-charge probably isn't a bad thing at this point."