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Sad panda: Alberta athletics romp over TRU on Friday

Mike Rouault gets a hand on a Shol Ayach shot. (via Andrew Snucins/TRU Athletics)

Whether it was the Golden Bears or the Pandas, you can call University of Alberta teams winners after sweeping the TRU WolfPack in basketball and volleyball on Friday (Nov. 30).

WolfPack basketball welcomed Alberta to the Tournament Capital Centre and were very gracious hosts. The men's team dropped a 107-81 decision to the Golden Bears, in which Alberta led wire to wire. 

Ivan Ikomey led the way for the Golden Bears, scoring 24 points and shooting seven of 10 from three. Enrico Nuno was the leading scorer for TRU, racking up 19 points. He was one of just three WolfPack players to crack double digits on the night.

The loss sent TRU to 4-5 on the season. 

The women's team didn't fare much better, allowing the Pandas to pull away in the second quarter and coast to a 76-54 win.

Vanessa Wild had 25 points for the Pandas who crushed the WolfPack on the boards, outrebounding them 53-33. Michelle Bos led TRU's scoring with 18.

The women fell to 3-6 on the year.

Both teams will have a rematch today at the TCC, with the women's game starting at 5 p.m. and the men's following at 7 p.m.


As for the volleyball teams, they both lost in straight sets in Edmonton.

The WolfPack men came in ranked eighth in the nation, but couldn't recover after losing a tight first set 30-28. They lost the next two sets 25-16 and 25-20.

Taryq Sani had 17.5 points for Alberta, while Tim Dobbert led the WolfPack with 12.5.

The women's team fell to the Pandas 25-16, 25-15, 25-18 to put their record on the year at 4-7. Olga Savenchuk had a strong night in the loss, racking up 15 points.

Alberta moved to 9-2 on the year and has dropped just eight sets total.

TRU will have a chance at revenge tonight, with women's team playing at 5 p.m. and the men's side following at 6:30 p.m.

This is the last weekend of action for all these teams until the new year.


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