UBC earns its 10th win of the season defeating Trinity Western 80-63

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Langley, BC – A strong opening quarter was the difference as the No. 4 UBC Thunderbirds defeated Trinity Western University Spartans 80-63 Friday night in Langley, B.C. Thunderbirds point guard Diana Lee scored a season-high 20 points, making a huge statement before the playoffs.
 
In one of their best offensive displays of this season, the ‘Birds scored 27 points in the first period to secure their tenth victory.
 
UBC head coach Deb Huband started the game just the way she planned it. A forceful performance by the talented Lee saw her score ten points in that period. The ‘Birds went on a 11-4 run in what seemed to be the changing factor of the game. The Spartans were trailing by 13 points, 27-14, by the end of the first quarter.
 
For the rest of the game the Thunderbirds just tried to keep the gap and not let the Spartans get any chance for a comeback.
 
The second quarter was a more stable contest. The action went back and forth as the Thunderbirds managed to win the quarter by one point. The ‘Birds entered the break with a 42-28 lead.
 
UBC extended its lead to 23 points after three quarters of play. Lee made sure to sign out with the same performance she started the game with, scoring seven points in the final quarter to secure another offensively impressive UBC victory. 80-63 was the final score.
 
Lee, the talented point guard produced her single best offensive output of the season, scoring 20 points and shooting 8-13 from the field. The ‘Birds’ fans will be excited to see more from where that came from as the season heads towards the playoffs.

It was nice to see Diana be more aggressive offensively and take advantage of her versatity offensively,” said Huband. “We had the opportunity to field a variety of line-ups and go deep into our bench to gain invaluable game experience tonight.”

Other notable mentions included Kris Young with 14 points and four assists, while Kara Spotton chipped in with 11 points, shooting 5-9 from the field.

From the other side of the court, Trinity’s Laurissa Weigl scored 11 points and grabbed five rebounds, while Tessa Ratzlaff  added 10 points.

This game was the third time this season in which the Thunderbirds have scored 80 points or more.

Trinity Western sits in eighth place in the division with a (4-9) record. This was their fifth consecutive loss.

The two teams will meet again tomorrow at 5 p.m. PST at the Langley Events Centre. 

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