The UBC Thunderbirds (3-7) return to the field after a seven-week absence from Canada West to take on the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack (1-10) Friday and Saturday at War Memorial Gym. Last weekend’s games against the UBCO Heat and UNBC Timberwolves were postponed due to covid-related protocols and have been rescheduled for mid-February. The ‘Birds are scheduled to start at 6:00 p.m. (PT) on Friday, January 21stand at 3:00 p.m. (PT) on Saturday, January 22n/a.
“I’m very proud of the resilience of our young women over the past 3 weeks,” said the UBC head coach. Erin McAleenan in reference to the holiday layoff and other scheduling challenges ahead of their first game of 2022. “It hasn’t been easy for them to stay motivated, but they’ve been grateful to continue to have the opportunity to train and be in the gym I know they are very eager to get back on the field to play games this weekend, so it will be very rewarding for all of us.
UBC is 3-7 in the conference, but four of its losses have been decided by less than five points and its most recent loss came in overtime against the Canada West-leading Trinity Western Spartans (9-1). , to close 2021. keep Hailey Counsell led the T-Birds with 15 points and five assists — adding seven rebounds in the 68-61 OT loss on Dec. 4and at War Memorial Gym. Fourth year guard kate johnson had 10 points with four steals in the Birds’ last game against the Spartans and is averaging 15.2 ppg and 2.6 steals per game.
Freshman Thunderbirds Olivia Weekes and Katie Hartmann have made a defensive impact in their first ten games with the blue and gold, as Weekes is second on the list with 6.5 rebounds per game (behind At Dina Strujic’s 7.3 cards per game) and Hartman is averaging 1.6 steals per game with 4.2 rebounds per game.
The ‘Birds will face a WolfPack side one win on a three-game losing streak to start 2022, as TRU faced Trinity Western in three straight games to start the new year due to schedule changes. Jessica Orr leads the WolfPack in scoring with 8.3 ppg, with Kyla Smith and Elana Sireni close behind at 8.1 ppg.
“TRU are looking to push the transition and they keep the ball moving in the half court so we will have to control the pace and slow them down,” added McAleenan on what she expects from the visitors. “They also shoot the ball well from long time. range and have shown they can get hot so we’ll have to do a good job of getting them out of the 3pt line this weekend.”
Tickets are available online for free when booked in advance, and all the action from Canada West can also be streamed live on Canada West TV.