As if a trip to B.C., which has produced the past seven national championship teams, isn't tough enough for Canada West women's basketball teams.
Unranked Trinity Western, on the wings of Katie Haworth's school-record eight threes, thumped No. 2 Regina 83-56 on Friday. It marked the second time this season the Spartans, under third-year coach Kerby Court, have beaten a Top 5 team at home. They also beat No. 4 Saskatchewan in November. That time, they only needed Haworth to sink four triples.
The amusing part, unless you're a U of R grad, is that the Cougars have a 1-vs.-2 matchup tonight against Simon Fraser. Canada West also has seven teams in the Top 10 — including six of the top seven -- but it was a team who's not even ranked who gave Regina fits.
The Spartans don't have the profile of Simon Fraser, Alberta, Calgary or Winnipeg, but it should be noted that Court is building a competive team. Their 7-5 conference record is only one off their highest win total in Canada West since joining the league a decade ago.