VANCOUVER – A dominant opening quarter from the No. 5-ranked UBC women’s basketball team set the tone as the Thunderbirds defeated the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns 78-38 Saturday night to finish the opening weekend of 2015 with an impressive sweep. Statistically, this victory was the Thunderbirds’ best defensive display of the season.
UBC forward Adrienne Parkin of Vancouver was the star of the night with 21 points and nine rebounds, one short of a double-double. It tied her career high in scoring, which was first achieved on Feb. 1, 2013 against Mt. Royal.
North Vancouver’s Kris Young followed with 15 points and seven rebounds. The ‘Horns’ main player Kim Veltman managed to score 15 points, while Kylie Mazutinec added 11.
“It was another strong team effort with tenacious defence and determined rebounding effort,” commented UBC head coach Deb Huband. “Our ‘D’ and boards allowed us to run and attack in transition. Our chemistry is building on the court and our offensive execution is getting sharper and more intelligent. It was nice to put together two strong 40-minute efforts.”
After trailing 6-5 to start the game, the Thunderbirds rallied to end the first quarter on a 16-0 run. That left a huge mountain to climb for the ‘Horns who were never close in to reducing that gap afterwards. Parkin started the run with a bucket and a foul shot on the same play, she had five points in the run and in addition to Kara Spotton‘s bucket, the other nine points were split between Young and Harleen Sidhu.
UBC produced one of its most impressive defensive displays so far this season, allowing its lowest point total of the 2014-15 campaign, 10 less the 48 scored by Winnipeg and Victoria earlier this year.
UBC forced 19 turnovers and limited the ‘Horns to 22.4 per cent shooting from the floor, including just 1-for-16 from beyond the arc.
Not much changed in the second quarter as UBC expanded their lead into a 40-18 advantage. That lead kept on widening in the third and fourth quarter as the ‘Birds ended the game on a season-high 40-point margin of victory.
Next weekend, the Thunderbirds (7-3) will host the Brandon University Bobcats (3-9) for a pair of games in Vancouver, while the Pronghorns (4-8) will host Calgary (6-5).