UTM’s tri-campus women’s basketball team began their season with an impressive 51–46 road victory over a rival squad from the U of T
Scarborough campus last week.
Under coach Jack Krist, UTM’s team has restructured to compete at the tri-campus league level. This game was their opportunity to reveal their new lineup.
UTM started off shaky against UTSC, struggling to get their bearings and overcome their first-game nerves. The lead shifted between the two teams throughout the first half of the game. UTM couldn’t defend against UTSC’s outside shooting, letting in four throws from the three-point range. But Navi Sohal and Essence Penazola’s outstanding performances on offence and defence made up for the team’s. At the end of the first half, UTM led by a score of 26–25.
After a quick breather, the team came back on the court with a vengeance, keeping up a full-court press for most of the second half. UTM held the lead for the entire second half, gaining momentum as the UTSC players began to tire.
The team’s top scorers were Sahol with 16 points and Penazola with 13 points. Stefany Bakelaar, Alison Gorski, and Sajana Saththiyanantham’s scored a combined 14 points in the second half of the game after a scoreless first half.
“I thought our team played well, with many new players trying to get used to playing together,” Krist said after the game.