By: Katrice Sutherland
The women’s basketball team remains undefeated after obliterating their opposition on the road over the weekend of Feb. 8.
On Friday, the women trampled the Loyalist Lancers with a breathtaking 77-48 victory. The weather refused to cooperate, with flurries of snow making the travel to Loyalist College difficult.
The team overcame their road fatigue, playing well after what Head Coach John MacInnis described as a “little adventure through the snowstorm to Belleville.”
The women tipped off at 6 p.m. and leapt into the lead, which they maintained throughout the game despite a valiant effort from the Lancers.
With the roads having cleared on Saturday, the team made the trek to Kingston where they pulled out another win in their second game of the weekend. They challenged the St. Lawrence Vikings on Saturday and emerged victorious, with a final score of 59-47.
The women fought through a tight first half, but gathered their energy and had a strong finish.
According to MacInnis, some of that energy was made possible by a surprisingly raucous audience.
“The crowds were hyped up,” he said.
This was a big game for the women’s team since the Vikings were trailing close behind them in OCAA standings. St. Lawrence College, who currently holds down second place in the East Division, is a major rival of the Thunder. Matches between the two teams have historically been very heated, and Saturday’s game was no exception.
MacInnis commended the players’ efforts, adding that their experience made the difference.
The Thunder women aim to refine their skills and team coordination in preparation for the provincial championships coming up in the final week of February. The tournament will be played at Humber College, and the women will look to ride their hot streak to a first place finish.