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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Friday, February 22nd

CSHL
La Broquerie at Ste. Anne, 8 p.m.
(Aces lead best of 7 semifinal 2-0)
Grunthal vs Red River @ St. Jean, 8 p.m.
(Red Wings lead series 2-1)

MJHL
Steinbach at Selkirk, 7:30 p.m.
Waywayseecappo at Virden, 7:30 p.m.
Swan Valley at Portage, 7:30 p.m.
Winkler at Neepawa, 7:30 p.m.

Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League
Wpg Bruins 4 Eastman 1
Southwest vs Yellowhead
@ Souris, 8 p.m.

WHSHL
Platinum Promotions Division
Oak Park 3 SRSS 1 
(Raiders win best of 3 Tier II semifinal 2-1)

WHL
Saskatoon at Brandon, 7:30 p.m.

AHL
Laval 3 Manitoba 0

NHL
Columbus 3 Ottawa 0
Colorado 5 Chicago 3
Minnesota 3 Detroit 2
Anaheim at Calgary, 8 p.m.
Winnipeg at Vegas, 9 p.m.

NBA
Toronto 120 San Antonio 117
Charlotte 123 Washington 110
Chicago 110 Orlando 109
Indiana 126 New Orleans 111
Detroit 125 Atlanta 122
Minnesota 115 New York 104
L.A. Clippers at Memphis, 7 p.m.
Denver at Dallas, 7:30 p.m.
Utah at Oklahoma City, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, February 23rd

CSHL
Ste. Anne at La Broquerie, 7 p.m.
(Aces lead best of 7 semifinal 3-0)

HTJHL
Quarterfinals
Steinbach at St. Adolphe, 8 p.m.
(Huskies lead best of 5 series 2-1)
Springfield vs Mitchell
@ Oakbank, 8 p.m.
(series tied 2-2)

Capital Region Junior Hockey League
Arborg at St. Malo, 7:30 p.m.

MJHL
Swan Valley at Wpg Blues, 7 p.m.

Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League
Wpg Bruins at Kenora, 7:30 p.m.
Wpg Wild at Brandon, 7:30 p.m.
Interlake vs Norman
@ Thompson, 7:30 p.m.
Pembina Valley vs Southwest
@ Morden, 8 p.m.
Central Plains vs Parkland
@ Dauphin, 7:30 p.m.
Yellowhead vs Wpg Thrashers
@ Shoal Lake, 7:30 p.m.

WHL
Brandon at Prince Albert, 7 p.m.

AHL
Manitoba at Laval, 2 p.m.

NHL
Washington at Buffalo, 12 p.m
New Jersey at N.Y. Rangers, 12 p.m.
Boston at St. Louis, 3 p.m.
Los Angeles at Florida, 4 p.m.
Carolina at Dallas, 4 p.m.
San Jose at Columbus, 4 p.m.
Colorado at Nashville, 4:30 p.m.
Montreal at Toronto, 6 p.m.
Pittsburgh at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
Anaheim at Edmonton, 9 p.m.
N.Y. Islanders at Vancouver, 9 p.m.

NBA
Portland at Philadelphia, 12 p.m.
Memphis at Cleveland, 6 p.m.
Phoenix at Atlanta, 6 p.m.
Indiana at Washington, 6 p.m.
Brooklyn at Charlotte, 6 p.m.
L.A. Lakers at New Orleans, 6 p.m.
Detroit at Maimi, 6:30 p.m.
Boston at Chicago, 7 p.m.
Sacramento at Oklahoma City, 7 p.m.
Houston at Golden State, 7:30 p.m.
Minnesota at Milwaukee, 7:30 p.m.
Dallas at Utah, 9 p.m.

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