Vancouver, BC – A strong defensive effort was the difference as the UBC Thunderbirds defeated the Saskatchewan Huskies 60-50 Friday night at War Memorial Gym. The Thunderbirds limited the Huskies to just 35% shooting from the floor and held the reigning Canada West Player of the Year Dalyce Emmerson to just 13 points and seven rebounds.
An impressive offensive run in the third quarter proved to be the difference in this game. With the Thunderbirds leading 33-30 at the half, UBC went on a 10-3 run to start the third frame and led 43-33. Kris Young scored six of the ‘Birds 10 points. Defence though was the difference as Saskatchewan managed just 20 points total in the second half, and UBC went went on to a 60-50 victory.
Young did a little bit of everything for UBC on the night. She had six rebounds, three steals, and 15 points for in the victory.
Harleen Sidhu also had a great night as she scored 16 points, most of which came in the second half of the game. She also grabbed five rebounds and had two blocks to contribute to the team’s defensive performance.
“I liked our energy and our defensive effort for parts of the game,” said UBC head coach Deb Huband. “We had good leadership on the floor, and our defence made the difference tonight.”
The Huskies controlled the first quarter on the strength of Kelsey Trulsrud’s play. She scored nine of Saskatchewan’s 18 points in the first 10 minutes of play to give the visitors an 18-14 lead.
The Thunderbirds responded in the second quarter starting on a 10-0 run that put them up by six, 24-18. Kara Spotton and Young each had four points in the run. The Huskies managed to stay in the game with a 10-2 run of their own led by Laura Dally and Emmerson who each hit a jumper and a three pointer. UBC went into the break up 33-30.
After scoring nine points in the first quarter, Trulsrud managed just four points the rest of the way to finish with 13 points on the night. Dally chipped in with five points of her own.
Adrienne Parkin also finished in double figures scoring for UBC with 12 points on the night.
The Thunderbirds and Huskies will be back in action tomorrow night at War Memorial Gym. Tip off time is 5:00 pm.