‘Birds dominate Cougars in Top 10 match-up

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Regina, SK – The No. 2 ranked UBC Thunderbirds improved to 14-3 on the season defeating the No. 10 ranked Regina Cougars 77-48 for the team’s ninth straight win Friday night in the Saskatchewan capital. Defence was the difference once again for the Thunderbirds who registered 13 steals, 21 turnovers, and limited the Cougars to just 10 points in each of the first three quarters.

Adrienne Parkin was the story of the opening half. The fourth-year forward scored eight of the Thunderbirds first 10 points as UBC jumped out to a 10-0 lead and a 19-10 advantage at the end of the first quarter. 

Parkin did not cool down at all in the second quarter finishing 8-for-8 from the floor for 18 points in the opening half as UBC led the Cougars 40-20 at the break.

UBC continued to put its foot down in the second half, going up by as many as 37 points, eventually settling for a 77-48 victory.

“Tonight was a strong team effort by the group,” said UBC head coach Deb Huban. “We had the kind of start that you hope for and were able to maintain our energy and focus offensively and defensively for most of the game.”

Parkin finished the game with 21 points and five rebounds in just 23 minutes of work. 

Kris Young recorded a double-double contributing 10 points, 11 rebounds, and four assists. Stephanie Bell also finished in double figures, pouring in 10 points on 5-fo-6 shooting in just 11 minutes of action.

Regina shot just 29.0% from the floor not he night. Jennie Coppola had a team high 11 points and 10 rebounds for the home side.

“Our team play was outstanding at both ends of the court,” said Huband. “Adrienne (Parkin) had a strong game and Kris (Young) was a monster on the boards. We know that Regina will bounce back with a full effort tomorrow and we need to be prepared for that.”

With the win UBC remains atop the Canada West standings with an identical record as Saskatchewan, however the Thunderbirds hold the tiebreaker over the Huskies.

The Thunderbirds and Cougars will finish up their weekend series tomorrow. Tip off is at 4:00 pm PST and can be seen live at canadawest.tv.