T-Birds to face Trinity Western this weekend


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VANCOUVER – With eight games left on the Canada West regular season schedule, the No. 4-ranked UBC Thunderbirds (9-3) visit the Trinity Western Spartans (4-8) for a pair of games in Langley, B.C., this weekend.

The Thunderbirds are coming off of a perfect weekend where they swept the Brandon Bobcats by 24 points the first night and 41 points the second.

The Spartans had a bye and will try to stay in the Canada West Pioneer Division playoff race. TWU is two games behind Winnipeg and Victoria for the final playoff spot, even though the Spartans’ last win was in November when they beat Brandon.

The Spartans are on a four-game losing streak, while the ‘Birds have won all four games they’ve played since the holiday break. UBC head coach Deb Huband is looking to keep the momentum going in hopes of capturing the division title at the end of regular season. The Thunderbirds are currently tied for second place with Saskatchewan. Both squads trail Alberta, which owns an 11-2 record.

Fifth-year guard Kris Young leads UBC in scoring with an average of 17.4 points a game, which is also good enough for fourth in the conference. While fellow senior Harleen Sidhu, a forward, is coming off a pair of 18-point performances against Brandon to move her average up to 14.8 per outing. The Surrey native is 11th in league scoring.

Trinity Western’s leading scorer is rookie guard Jessie Brown, who has not started any games but averages 12.4 points per appearance. Forward Kayla Gordon is second on the team with 11.5 points per game so far this season.

The action gets underway this Friday at 6 p.m. PST at the Langley Events Centre. Saturday’s rematch will follow at 5 p.m. PST.

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