January 16, 2013, Saskatoon SK (ISN) – In their first home games of 2013, the University of Saskatchewan Huskie basketball squads will host a pair of B.C. teams on the weekend. UBC Okanagan Heat hits Saskatoon Friday, while the Thompson Rivers WolfPack 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 opening the second half with a split on the road, the women’s basketball team will look for strong play against the Pacific Division foes.
The Huskies (6-6) nearly pulled off an upset of the No. 1 Fraser Valley Cascades on the weekend, and followed the game up with a 66-51 win over the Trinity Western Spartans a night later.
UBC Okanagan enters the weekend in fifth in the Pacific Division with a 5-8 record, while Thompson Rivers (10-3) has rode a six game win streak to second place.
Reigning Canada West Rookie of the Year Dalyce Emmerson continues to lead her team tallying 18.1 points and 9.0 rebounds per game. Fourth-year guard Kiera Lyons has also been strong in 2012-13 with 14.8 points per game and 4.7 rebounds per game.
Sarah Allison and Emily Kanester have led the Heat through 13 games this season. Allison leads the team with 15.7 points per game, while Kanester adds another 11.1. Madison Kaneda has been consistent on the boards with 6.7 rebounds a night.
Three members of the WolfPack average double-digits nightly including star post Diane Schuetze. Schuetze averages a double-double with 19.2 points and 12.4 boards. Jen Ju scores 16.8 a night and Taiysa Worsfeld adds another 11.1.
The Huskies are 9-0 against the WolfPack since 2005-06 and 1-0 against the Heat, who joined the Canada West last year.
UBC O and TRU will also face the Alberta Pandas in the weekend series. Thompson Rivers is in Edmonton Friday, while the Heat will face the Bears Saturday night.
Falling out of the CIS Top 10 for the first time in 37 polls two weeks ago, the Huskie men’s basketball made a statement with a sweep on a road trip to start 2013.
Saskatchewan (8-4) boasts the league’s top offence averaging 90 points per game and sits third in the Prairie Division. The UBC O Heat has a last place 2-11 record, while Thompson Rivers enters at 6-7.
UBC O and TRU will also face the Alberta Golden Bears in the weekend series. Thompson Rivers is in Edmonton Friday, while the Heat will face the Bears Saturday night.
Since 2005-06, the Huskies are 9-0 against the WolfPack and won the lone meeting against the Heat last year.
The Huskies have been led on offence by Canada West scoring leader Stephon Lamar’s 25.5 points per game and sophomore Matthew Forbes averaging 16.3 points per game. On defence, fifth-year forward Patrick Burns is holding down the back line, averaging 9.5 rebounds and 20 steals on the season.
UBC Okanagan has spread the ball around to win games this season with four players averaging double digits. Azi Fahandeg-Sadi leads the group with 14 points and 4.3 rebounds per game. Mitch Goodwin adds 13.4 and Yassine Ghomari chips in another 11.8 per night. Anwar Faza has scored 10.8 a night.
The majority of the Vikes scoring comes from Will Ondrik, Kevin Pribilsky and Brett Rouault. Ondrik scores 16.5 a night, Pribilsky adds another 15.8, while Rouault chips in 14.7. On the boards, Blaz Bozinovic has tallied 7.6 rebounds per game.