Vancouver, BC – The UBC Thunderbirds earned another big win Friday night in their first home game of the New Year. UBC defeated the Brandon Bobcats with a decisive 78-54 result.
2015 has been kind to the T-Birds so far: They are on a three game winning streak and have won by over 20-points in each of these games. With this victory under their belts, the Thunderbirds now hold a record of 8-3 and are tied with the University of Saskatchewan for 4th place in the conference. Brandon fall to 3-10.
The Thunderbirds were slightly slow off the start, failing to get their offence into motion right off the mark. As a result the first 10 minutes of play were quite evenly matched, with the Bobcats leading after the opening quarter 16-14.
The tides turned in the second however, as UBC took control and cut out a ten-point lead for themselves, outscoring their opponents 23-11 before the half time buzzer sounded to go in front 37-27.
“We picked up our defensive intensity a lot in the second quarter and got a little bit more aggressive,” explains UBC head coach Deb Huband.
This positive trend continued into the second half of the game. With their lead now well established, UBC continued to run tight defence which prevented the Bobcats from effectively running their plays. The Thunderbirds continued to push until the dying minutes of the match.
UBC had four players finish with double-digit offensive contributions this evening: Harleen Sidhu led her team with 18 points, with Kris Young (16) , Kara Spotton (12) and Adrienne Parkin (11) close behind. For the Bobcats, the standout performance came from the third-year recruit from Maryland, USA, Alyssa Montgomery who scored 17 points for her team.
Despite the stellar performance, Huband is eager to push her team even further: “We need to get better every time we’re on the court. We trying to build consistency all the time, and that’s the focus for tomorrow.”
The Thunderbirds and Bobcats will meet again tomorrow for the rematch. The action gets underway at 5 pm PST at UBC’s War Memorial Gym.