T-Birds settle for split with Saskatchewan


VANCOUVER – A strong offensive effort by the No. 6 Saskatchewan Huskies was the difference as they defeated the No. 4 UBC Thunderbirds 75-62 on Saturday night at War Memorial Gym in Canada West women’s basketball action.

UBC’s Harleen Sidhu made a jump shot to open the fourth quarter and bring her team to within four points of Saskatchewan at 52-48 but the Huskies responded with a game-deciding 14-2 run that allowed them to leave Vancouver with a split.

Desarae Hogberg scored eight of Saskatchewan’s 14 points during the fourth-quarter run, including a three-point basket that capped off the surge and put the Huskies ahead 66-50 with 6:06 to go in the game.

Sidhu immediately replied with a triple of her own. The ‘Birds got to within 12 points (68-56) when guard Cassandra Knievel added a three of her own with 4:18 left, and then again when forward Adrienne Parkin scored on a fast break with 3:24 left to make it 70-58, but the home side never got closer than that.

After a quiet night in Friday’s loss, reigning Canada West reigning MVP Dalyce Emmerson recorded 18 points and eight rebounds to lead the visitors while teammate Kelsey Trulsrud added 15. Hogberg came off the bench to record an impressive 14 points and eight rebounds in just 25 minutes of game play.

Kris Young paced UBC with 20 points, followed Sidhu with 19.

The Thunderbirds trailed by double digits for the latter half of the second and a majority of the third. They closed the gap to six points by ending the third quarter on a 7-0 run, thanks to a three-point basket from Knievel and a pair of free throws each from Young and Sidhu. UBC trailed 52-46 going into the final period of play.

The Huskies got their first double-digit lead in the middle of the second quarter by using a 13-2 run that turned a slim 21-19 advantage into a 34-21 lead. The spurt was powered by three-point shots from Maya Olynyk, Kabree Howard and Laura Dally.
Before that, neither team held a two-possession lead until the last bucket of the opening quarter by Saskatchewan’s Megan Lindquist, which put the Huskies ahead 19-15 at the break.
24-49 The Thunderbirds struggled from the field, converting on 25 of their 66 shots from the field for a rate of 37.9 per cent, while the Huskies shot 49 per cent (24-of-49). UBC was 4-of-19 from beyond the arc. Saskatchewan made just 8 of its 15 attempts from distance.

At the end of the first half of the regular season, the two teams are tied with identical 5-3 records.
The regular season will resume on Jan. 9, 2015 when UBC travels to Lethbridge to face the Pronghorns. Saskatchewan will have a two-game set in Brandon on the same weekend.