November 23, 2012, Saskatoon, SK – For the first time since October 24, 2008, the UBC Thunderbirds will play at the PAC against the University of Saskatchewan Huskie basketball teams. The Victoria Vikes will also visit Saturday for the first time since October 29, 2010 in conference action.
UBC hits Saskatoon Friday, while Victoria will face the Huskies Saturday.
The women will tip off at 6:15 p.m. Friday and Saturday while the men will play at 8 p.m. in the tilts. All four games will be webcast on www.canadawest.tv.
After losing twice to the Calgary Dinos by two points on home court last weekend, the No. 9 ranked Huskies will look to play a complete 40 minutes against the Thunderbirds and Vikes.
The Huskies (2-4) let Calgary’s fast offence get the better of them falling quickly behind the Dinos in the first game and allowing the Dinos to get back in the game in the fourth quarter in the second match of the series.
Both UBC and Victoria enter the weekend set with 4-2 records. The two teams will also face the Alberta Pandas in the weekend series. Victoria is in Edmonton Friday, while UBC will face the Pandas Saturday night.
Reigning Canada West Rookie of the Year Dalyce Emmerson continues to lead her team tallying 18.7 points and 8.2 rebounds per game. Fourth-year guard Kiera Lyons has also been strong in 2012-13 with 13.3 points per game and 5.7 rebounds per game.
UBC, who is on a two game losing skid, is led by Kris Young with 17.8 points and nine rebounds per game. Leigh Stansfield adds another 13.3 points per game and Victoria Spangehl has been strong on the boards with a team-best 11.3 rebounds per game.
Debbie Yeboah and Jessica Renfrew lead the Vikes through the first six games with 16.8 and 12.7 points per game respectively. Three Vikes average more than five rebounds per game – Cassandraw Goodis (5.8), Tessla Rennie (5.3) and Yeboah (5.2).
The Huskies are 4-7 against the T-Birds and 8-5 against the Vikes since 2001-02 in conference competition.
The No. 8 Huskie men’s basketball team will look to continue momentum from a sweep over the Calgary Dinos last weekend into the tough matches against the perennial contender Thunderbirds and Vikes.
Saskatchewan (4-2) boasts the league’s top offence averaging 90.2 points per game. The No. 3 ranked Thunderbirds and the Vikes both have 5-1 records to begin the season. In the last three seasons, the Huskies and Thunderbirds have met four times in either the Canada West or CIS medal games. Saturday’s match against the Vikes will feature a rematch of last year’s Canada West Final Four bronze medal game.
UBC and Victoria will also face the Alberta Golden Bears in the weekend series. Victoria is in Edmonton Friday, while UBC will face the Bears Saturday night.
Since 2006-07, the Huskies are 4-8 against the T-Birds and 4-5 against the Vikes including conference and playoff games.
The Huskies have been lead on offense by Canada West scoring leader Stephon Lamar’s 24.8 points per game and Matthew Forbes who is shooting 64 percent from the floor while averaging 21.7 points per game. On defense, fifth-year forward Patrick Burns is holding down the back line, averaging 9.5 rebounds and 2.2 steals per game on the season.
UBC has spread the ball around to win games this season with five players averaging double digits. Doug Plumb leads the group with 15.2 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. Isaiah Soloman adds 12.7 and O’Brian Wallace chips in another 12 per night. Geoff Pippus has scored 11.5 a night and Tommy Nixon 11.
The majority of the Vikes scoring comes from Terrell Evans and Michael Acheampong. Evans scores 16.2 a night and Acheampong adds another 15.7. On the boards, Evans has tallied 7.2 rebounds per game and Chris McLaughlin another 7.7. As a team, Victoria has allowed opponents to average just 64.8 points per game.