VANCOUVER – A dominant first half from the No. 4-ranked UBC Thunderbirds women’s basketball team highlighted its 83-50 win over the Trinity Western Spartans in Langley, B.C., on Saturday night, which completed an impressive weekend sweep.
Every player on the Thunderbirds roster scored in the team’s sixth straight Canada West regular season victory.
The Thunderbirds started off the way they planned. A 15-4 run to open the game set the tone for the rest of the night. Harleen Sidhu was the star of that period, scoring eight points and pushing the ‘Birds to a 21-9 lead at the end of the first.
The ‘Birds came out with even more aggression in the second quarter as seven players got on the scoresheet, while holding Trinity Western to a remarkably-low six points. Forward Adrienne Parkin‘s buzzer-beating three-point basket that bounced off the rim and then the shot clock before falling through the net, capped off an impressive offensive performance in the first half, which ended with UBC ahead 48-15.
The Thunderbirds continued their great display in the third as Kara Spotton‘s six points and Cassandra Knievel‘s five points helped the Thunderbirds end the third up by a score 70-36. Both teams played their bench liberally in the fourth as UBC cruised to the 83-50 win.
UBC capitalized on TWU errors to score 27 points off of turnovers, while the Thunderbirds surrendered just 10 turnovers.
Four players were in double digits in scoring. Kris Young and Harleen Sidhu led the ‘Birds’ with 15 and 14 points, respectively. The duo also led the rebound stats as Sidhu had 10 boards while Young had eight. Diana Lee was the UBC leader in assists with six.
Trinity Western’s Tessa Ratzlaff was the leading scorer of tonight’s game with 18 points, followed by Jessie Brown with 13 points.
UBC allowed Trinity to finish only 19 of their 60 field goal attempts, limiting them to a 30.7 per cent from the field. The Thunderbirds were 34 of 79 shooting from the field for a rate of 43 per cent, and also made 12 of 13 free throw attempts.
Next weekend, the Thunderbirds (11-3) will host the Calgary Dinos (9-6) for a pair of games in Vancouver, while the Spartans (4-10) will travel to Saskatchewan (11-3).