VANCOUVER – The No. 4 UBC Thunderbirds defeated the Brandon Bobcats 87-46 in Canada West women’s basketball action on Saturday night at War Memorial Gymnasium in Vancouver.
Harleen Sidhu led the Thunderbirds with 18 points on the evening, while Kris Young followed close behind with 17.
“Our defensive intensity was there tonight,” said Young. “We focused on playing good defence and holding players under their averages. I think we did a good job at that.”
Young, in her fifth and final season with the Thunderbirds, has averaged 17.4 points per game, placing her fourth in Canada West scoring.
Brandon was led by third-year forward Alyssa Montgomery, who recorded 13 points in a losing cause.
“It’s not what we wanted, but it’s a work in progress,” said Montgomery of the weekend. “We’re a young team, and we have some kinks we need to work out.”
Brandon has lost seven consecutive games, and sits near the bottom of the conference with a 3-11 record.
“We just need to work on the small mistakes,” said Montgomery of the team’s attitude moving forward.
Taking advantage of Brandon’s mistakes, UBC scored 26 points off of Brandon’s 25 turnovers in the game.
“We passed well tonight, we were making the shots that we should be making, and taking the right shots,” said Sidhu.
The Thunderbirds have now won all four games in 2015, placing them tied for second in the division with a 9-3 record.
“Our attitude is to get the most out of every game, and getting better as a team,” said Young. “[This weekend] we focused on running through our plays perfectly, to explore our offence.”
“We need to move up from here,” said Sidhu. “We can’t be inconsistent.”
Consistent improvement is what the Thunderbirds will strive for, as the Canada West regular season is limited to just four weekend series before playoffs begin. UBC will take on Trinity Western University next weekend before returning home to host the Calgary Dinos on the weekend of January 30-31.
Brandon and Winnipeg will play a home-and-home series next week, with games on Thursday and Saturday.