UBC Thunderbirds (3-5) return to War Memorial Gym for their final streak before the winter break, as they host the Trinity Western Spartans (4-0) for a two-game game Friday at 6 p.m. PST and Saturday at 5:00 p.m. This weekend’s action will be UBC Canada West’s first competitive test at home in nearly a month after two road trips and a week off, where the Birds claimed two wins and lost two. tight decisions in a grainy chain of games that each boiled down to the thread. UBC and TWU last met to open the regular season on October 28e, when the Spartans outlasted the T-Birds 72-68 in a thriller at War Memorial Gym.
“We’ve been there every game we’ve played so far this season, and we continue to improve our focus and execution in late-game situations,” said UBC head coach . Erin McAleenan. “We had a few different players who stepped up in games based on our advantage so it was great to see a balanced attack. We showed stretches of really good basketball so we continue to focus on Come out of our lows faster and get some scoring opportunities from our defense. I’m really proud of our overall effort and can’t wait to see our hard work and commitment to the game plan pay off. “
The T-Birds just finished a contested streak with the University of Northern British Columbia Timberwolves last weekend in Prince George – losing 81-77 in Game 1 before responding with a 68 victory -66 the next evening. Fourth year guard Kate johnson set up a solid back-to-back performance for the ‘Birds – shooting a season record 60 percent of the field in Game 1 with 22 points, 6 rebounds and four steals, before scoring 18 points with 6 boards in Game 2. Emily martindale got a high of 17 points and 8 rebounds for UBC in Saturday’s win over T-Wolves, while forward Dina strujic grabbed 21 rebounds over the two-game series – including a career-high T-Birds with 12 rebounds and a season-high with 10 points in Game Two.
Trinity Western will be well rested heading into the road rematch at War Memorial Gym, as the Spartans last showed up on the pitch on November 13.e and had two consecutive weeks of leave. In just their second series of the season, TWU swept the University of Victoria Vikes home in Langley to remain undefeated after four conference games (including three against the Vikes). In a 53-52 win in one game, Nicole Franssen got a monster double-double of 17 points and 16 rebounds, while Jolene Vlieg led the Spartans with 23 points en route to a 68-62 victory in the second. match.
“Trinity has had a great start to the season with a 4-0 record so we expect them to be confident and ready to fight,” added McAleenan. “They have 3 starters who are all averaging 15 points per game so they had a very balanced attack and do a good job of moving the ball around to find the best game. Trinity just had to play us too. with Victoria so we expect them to know our staff well and challenge us to go to our counters. I think it’s a good game for us and I can’t wait to see how we are going to defend again the field. “
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