VICTORIA – The UBC Thunderbirds lost their second straight game to the University of Victoria Vikes on Saturday afternoon, losing 82-69 at CARSA Performance Gym. The ‘Birds return home in sixth place with four games remaining in the Canada West regular season.
The T-Birds opened Saturday’s game with six straight points from the freshman guard Olivia Weekes. A sweater by Hailey Counsell extended UBC’s lead to six before the media timeout to 19-13. Katie Hartmann knocked down a quick break jumper to put the ‘Birds up nine and finish the quarter in the lead 26-20.
Counsell’s back-to-back layups near the six-minute mark put the T-Birds ahead 32-30. A back-and-forth game ensued and with just under a minute left in the first half, kate johnson tied the game at forty with his left-handed jumper. The Vikes fired another basket to take a 42-40 lead heading into the break.
The home side were able to extend the lead with a double-digit run to close out the third frame, with Vikes leading 64-52.
The Vikes didn’t look back as they extended their margin to 20 with just four minutes left, fending off the ‘Birds’ comeback attempt to claim the 82-60 victory.
Johnson led the T-Birds with 22 points on an effective 11-18 from the field as Weekes and Counsell added 12 points apiece. The T-Birds left a few runs on the boards in their second game against the Vikes, converting just half of their 18 attempts.
The T-Birds are looking to bounce back at home against the Fraser Valley Cascades on Feb. 11, kicking off at 6 p.m. PT. FVU’s 10-2 record is good for second place in Canada, currently on a two-game winning streak.