The Providence Pilots women's basketball team opened its 2018-19 Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference season with back-to-back victories over the Red River College Rebels last weekend.

Second-year guard Katelin Thiessen scored 14 points and Taylor Goodbrandson, in her fourth year at Providence, added 13 as the Pilots tipped off the campaign with a 60-45 win Friday in front of a home crowd. One day later, Hannah Van Schie's 14 points led the Providence women to a 63-29 victory over the Rebels in Winnipeg. First-year forward Catherine Ross and second-year post, Esther Ruchegeza contributed nine rebounds apiece.

"We were much more like the team I expect us to be moving forward," says Head Coach Joel Coursey, whose squad had previously posted seven losses in exhibition and National Christian College Athletic Association action.

"The tough competition we've been facing for the past month greatly influenced our success this past weekend," says Goodbrandson. "Playing against tough teams has strengthened us to play at a higher level and tempo, which led to two big wins against a team we have tended to fall short against in the past."

The Pilots men's basketball team also faced the Rebels at home and away last weekend, winning 90-80 in Otterburne and losing 72-54 in Winnipeg. DeMar Krauss put up 20 points in the victory while Jordan Lawson scored 19 in the defeat.

"Friday's game was a good example of what the guys are able to do when they play together," says Head Coach Pierre Dubreuil. "Everybody was sharing the ball and searching for a great shot." He says the players may have been overconfident after Friday's win, but that the subsequent loss offered a "good lesson."

In volleyball, the Providence men's side took all six sets it played against Red River College on Friday and Saturday. Matt Friesen had 21 kills in the pair of wins and Adrian Kalyniuk chipped in with 64 assists. Head coach Scott Masterson noticed a buzz within the team after a long stretch off the court, one that turned into a pair of season-opening victories.

"We were all very excited to play again," he says. "I was very pleased with how we played in both matches. The guys came out with a lot of intensity and focus, and we played a pretty good level of volleyball."

Red River's revenge came in the women's' matches, which the Rebels won 3-0 and 3-0. Danella Alvaro led the way for Providence with 14 kills and 16 digs over the weekend, and Kristen Taillon had 9 points, 13 digs and 3 aces.

Following what he described as his team's worst performance of the season on Friday, Head Coach Kyle Guenther was impressed with how the Pilots women bounced back for the rematch, even though they lost once again.

"We were a completely different team on Saturday," he says. "The energy, intensity and focus were all ramped up. We can take a lot more positives from Saturday's match and will look to build off that moving forward."

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Wednesday, December 12th

WWHSHL
SRSS 2 Kildonan East 1 (SO)

WHSHL
Vincent Massey 7 SRSS 2

HTJHL
St. Adolphe at Grunthal, 8 p.m.

MJHL
Showcase
@ Seven Oaks Arena in Wpg
Selkirk 5 Swan Valley 4 (OT)
Portage 4 Dauphin 3
Virden 2 Steinbach 1 (OT)

Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League
Wpg Wild 4 Pembina Valley 1
Wpg Thrashers 5 Central Plains 1
Southwest 7 Parkland 0

NHL
Vegas 3 N.Y. Islanders 2
Chicago 6 Pittsburgh 3
Calgary 6 Philadelphia 5 (OT)
Dallas at Anaheim, 9 p.m.

NBA
Brooklyn 127 Philadelphia 124
Boston 130 Washington 125 (OT)
Indiana 113 Milwaukee 97
Cleveland 113 New York 106
Charlotte 108 Detroit 107
New Orleans 118 Oklahoma City 114
Memphis 92 Portland 83
Dallas 114 Atlanta 107
Utah 111 Miami 84
Minnesota at Sacramento, 9 p.m.
Toronto at Golden State, 9:30 p.m.

Thursday, December 13th

CSHL
La Broquerie at Lac du Bonnet, 8:30 p.m.

HTJHL
Lorette at Mitchell, 8 p.m.
Springfield vs Red River
@ St. Jean, 8 p.m.

U17 Midget Prep Hockey League
Eastman vs Interlake
@ Stonewall, 7 p.m.

NHL
Los Angeles at Columbus, 6 p.m.
Arizona at Buffalo, 6 p.m.
Toronto at Tampa Bay, 6:30 p.m.
Carolina at Montreal, 6:30 p.m.
Florida at Minnesota, 7 p.m.
Edmonton at Winnipeg, 7 p.m.
Vancouver at Nashville, 7 p.m.
Dallas at San Jose, 9:30 p.m.

NFL
L.A. Chargers at Kansas City, 7:20 p.m.

NBA
L.A. Lakers at Houston, 7 p.m.
L.A. Clippers at San Antonio, 7:30 p.m.
Chicago at Orlando, 8:30 p.m.
Dallas at Phoenix, 9:30 p.m.

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