Struck by Thunder: Wolves drop 10th game in a row

GPRC Wolves guard Sophie Melin (right) in recent Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) action from earlier this year at the GPRC gym. Melin and her teammates dropped their 10th game in a row after 71-54 loss to the Concordia Thunder on Saturday. The Wolves travel east to face the Lakeland College Rustlers. on Friday night and Saturday afternoon. Randy Vanderveen/

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This unfortunate streak has now hit double digits.

The GPRC Wolves women’s basketball team lost their 10th straight game, this time a 71-54 setback to the Concordia Thunder in Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference action on Saturday afternoon.

“We just struggled [on Saturday],” Wolves coach Mandy Botham said, choosing her words carefully. “We struggled to do anything.”

The Wolves also dropped a 79-56 decision on Friday night.

Lilee Stasiuk-Burke had a breakout game on Saturday with a game-high 22 points in 29 minutes. The rookie went 7-16 from the field with five successful three-point shots. She was also 2-4 from the line. Britney Peters led the team in scoring with 19 points on Friday night. Sophie Melin and Kelly Reid chipped in with 13 points apiece.

On Friday, the Wolves scored six points in the first quarter, and were down by a dozen heading for quarter two. On Saturday, the same situation occurred, with the Thunder leading 19-5 after 10 minutes of play.

“We came out scared, in my opinion, both days this weekend,” Botham said. “We weren’t able to shake off a mistake. When one mistake would happen, they would, kind of avalanche on top of one another and it just got really big really fast.”

Botham is not sugar-coating the losses by large margins, but during portions of most games the team has shown they can run with the opponent. But when they play bad they can’t recover.

On Friday, the Wolves were out-scored by a dozen in the first and third quarter. That was nearly the exact difference in the final score line in the opener. On Saturday, they were, again, down in the first and third quarter, allowing 22 points more than they scored.

“Consistency is a word I say a lot to our young team,” Botham said. “The [thing] that’s frustrating for all of us is that we haven’t played a team we weren’t capable of matching up well with, at least for one quarter in the game, but we struggle with consistency and that has been our demise this season. I expected it to a certain extent with the roster we have this year but it’s definitely been a frustration.”

They also turned the ball over 33 times on Friday night and 29 times on Friday. In the last six games, the Wolves have given the ball away a total of 154 times.

“We turned the ball over a lot this weekend,” Botham said. “Again, we were unable to shake off our mistakes. Make a bad pass or turn the ball over and we, as a team, let it get us down. That makes it worse and it was a vicious cycle we couldn’t shake.”