Winnipeg, MB – UBC shooters went cold in the fourth quarter, allowing the University of Winnipeg to defeat the Thunderbirds 69-62 in women’s basketball action Friday night in Winnipeg, MB.
The Wesmen outscored UBC 19-9 in the final quarter to improve to 5-2 on the season, while the Thunderbirds suffer their second loss of the season and are now 3-2.
After shooting 46% from the field in the first half, UBC went ice cold in the second half managing to hit just 8-of-28, 28.6%. They hit just three field goals in the final 10 minutes.
“We struggled all night finding our rythme and were not able to execute the way that we need to to be successful,” said UBC head coach Deb Huband. “Credit to Winnipeg for controlling and dictating the play. They were the better team tonight.”
Kris Young led UBC with 18 points and five rebounds. Adrienne Parkin chipped in with 12 points and seven rebounds. Harleen Sidhu was the top rebounder, grabbing 10 boards but she took just four shots all game and finished with just three points.
Winnipeg finished with three players in double figures scoring. Megan Noonan had 17 points, Stephanie Kleysen scored 14 points, and Skylar Boulanger finished with 10 points on the night.
UBC led by as many as five points in the first quarter, but would go to the break up by just three, 20-17.
In the second quarter, the Wesmen would lead the majority of the time, but by no more than four points. However, the Thunderbirds would go on an 8-2 run to finish the half and lead 35-33.
Once again, UBC started to establish control in the third quarter going up by eight points midway through, 47-39. Winnipeg though would not go away and slowly chipped away at the lead outscoring the Thunderbirds 11-4 the remainder of the quarter to trail just 53-50 after three quarters of play.
UBC couldn’t buy a bucket in the fourth quarter. The Thunderbirds didn’t register a point for the first 5:49 of the quarter. Winnipeg went up by as many of seven, outscoring UBC 19-9 in the final frame to win 69-62.
These two teams will play again tomorrow. Tip off is 3:00 pm PST and the game can be watched live at canadawest.tv.