The T-Birds take to the road in first games of 2015


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VANCOUVER – The No. 5-ranked UBC Thunderbirds women’s basketball team will return to conference action this weekend, as they travel to Alberta to face the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns for two matchups at the 1st Choice Savings Centre.

During the Christmas break, the T-Birds enjoyed a revitalizing camp in Hawaii where they played a scrimmage against the University of Hawaii-Hilo, and successfully won 50-40.

Entering 2015, the ‘Birds (5-3) are in a comfortable playoff position in third place of the Canada West Pioneer Division, having played two fewer games than the ‘Horns (4-6). Of UBC’s six remaining opponents in 2015, five sit below the T-Birds in the standings.

UBC’s solid defence will be put to the test, as it will be facing the Canada West’s scoring leader in Kim Veldman.

The fifth-year forward leads the Canada West in scoring, averaging 21.7 points per game, and is sixth in rebounding with 8.8 boards per game. Veldman will also rely on the talented Allexia Barros (15.2 points per game,) and Mariah Miller (12.8 points per game.)

The T-Birds are on top of the conference in ball handling with an average of only 13 turnovers per game.

Offensively, the T-Birds will be relying on the conference’s third-ranked scorer, guard Kris Young. She is currently averaging 17.8 points per game, while forward Harleen Sidhu contributes with 14.1 points per game.

The Thunderbirds have a (2-2) record in games on the road, and have yet to lose two in a row.

The T-Birds and ‘Horns will clash Friday at 5 p.m. and Saturday at 4 p.m. PT.