Ranked second in the CIS, The Thunderbirds are coming off of a fantastic weekend where they swept the University of Calgary. The Cougars, who sit 10th in the CIS weekly rankings, are coming off a bye weekend after sweeping the fifth ranked Alberta Pandas January 23/24.
UBC coach Deb Huband is looking to keep the momentum as they share the lead in the division with Saskatchewan, however they do hold the tiebreaker over the Huskies. The ‘Birds are on an impressive eight game winning streak.
A lot will be expected from UBC’s leading scorer Kris Young. The fifth-year standout from North Vancouver is fourth on the conference’s scoring sheet, averaging 17.9 points per game.
The Cougars rely on a trio of talented offensive players. Charlotte Kot, Katie Polischuck, and Alyssia Kajati have 13.8, 13.3, and 13.2 points per game accordingly. Kajati (61.3%) and Kot (60.1) both lead the Canada West in field goal percentage as well.
The ‘Birds’ three-point specialist Cassandra Knievel will have some serious competition in the game. Moose Jaw, Sask. native Kehlsie Crone ranks fourth among the conference’s best three-point shooters. Crone has successfully converted 43.1 per cent of her three-point attempts.
Crone will also give UBC’s Diana Lee a run for her money in terms of play making. She has produced the third most assists per game in the conference averaging 5.2 assists per game compared to Lee who averages 4.2 assists per game.
This game will be one of the tougher challenges for the solid UBC defence. The Cougars boast the third best offense in the conference with an average of 74.8 points per game.
Tip off is set for 4:00 pm both Friday and Saturday night in Regina.