Young leads T-Birds to Ryerson tournament final

Kris Young

VANCOUVER – Fifth-year guard Kris Young scored 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the UBC Thunderbirds women’s basketball team to a 57-40 victory over the McMaster University Marauders today at the Darcel Wright Memorial Classic in Toronto.
“It was a good test for us today against Mac,” said UBC head coach Deb Huband. “We buckled down defensively early in the fourth, which allowed us to go on the run that sealed the game.”
Leading 40-34 after three quarters, UBC surrendered just six points in the final period to pull away with a double-digit win. UBC and McMaster played a close first half, which ended 23-21 in favour of the blue and gold.
The team gave up just 14 field goals over the course of the game, holding the Marauders to 29.2 per cent shooting.  On offence, the T-Birds went 25-of-57 for a 43.9 per cent mark. They also out-rebounded McMaster 32-23.
Young made 10 of her 16 shots from the field and added two foul shots to account for her scoring over 35 minutes of play. She was the only T-Bird who reached double digits in points. Forward Harleen Sidhu had nine points and five rebounds.
“Kris performed like a senior leader and helped us though a night where we couldn’t hit an outside shot or finish around the rim,” said Huband, whose team went 0-for-8 from behind the three-point line. “It was great to see our defence be the catalyst for the win.”
With the victory, UBC advances to the final of the tournament hosted by Ryerson University. The T-Birds will face the University of Saskatchewan Huskies in the championship game at 11 a.m. PT.