Vancouver, BC – In a game of first against last, the UBC Thunderbirds women basketball team dominated the forty minute affair Friday night defeating the Manitoba Bisons 85-49. The ‘Birds extend their winning streak to 11 games and improve to 16-3 on the season, while the Bisons fall to 1-18.
A dominant opening quarter by the Thunderbirds set the tone for the game. The Bisons caused little trouble to shake the solid UBC defence.
The first quarter started with a forceful act by UBC’s Harleen Sidhu who scored eight points from the opening tip. That strong start by Sidhu inspired the Thunderbirds to take control and steer the game towards them. The Bisons were unable to respond and were left scoring a mere six points at the end of the period. UBC led 26-6.
The Bisons picked up their game in the second quarter thanks to hard working guard Sheree Carmona-Galdamez who scored six points. Despite the push from Maniotba it was not enough to erase the big deficit as the ‘Birds remained on top 43-25 at half time.
After the break, the ‘Birds entered with full force in hopes of putting the game away for good. They continued to limit the Bisons with their stellar defence, while offensively UBC used their secret weapon off the bench; forward Kara Spotton. The Colorado native produced her usual efficient performance as she scored five points in seven minutes of playing time. With so many offensive weapons, the Bisons were confused on who to stop. UBC ended the third leading 62-36.
As Thunderbirds’ Kamila Wojciechowski hit a layup at the beginning of the fourth quarter, the crowd erupted. Wojciechowski’s layup meant that every single UBC player hit the score sheet. The final score was 85-49 for the ‘Birds.
Four UBC players finished in double figures scoring. Harleen Sidhu, Kris Young, and Adrienne Parkin scored 16, 14, and 13 accordingly. Super-sub Spotton scored 11 points in a total of just 15 minutes.
When asked about the game, Spotton said, “I think it was a good overall team win, we had a lot of fouls on us in the first half, but we fixed that in the second half.”
Forward Melanie Edel of the Manitoba Bisons was her team’s top scorer. Edel had ten points in 17 minutes of playing time. Bisons guard Stephanie Gill chipped in with nine points of her own.
With the Saskatchewan Huskies winning tonight, both teams sit atop the Canada West Conference with an identical 16-3 record, however the Thunderbirds currently hold the tiebreaker.
Win tomorrow and UBC will wrap up first place in the conference and home court advantage throughout the Canada West playoffs.
Tip off between the ‘Birds and Bisons is set for 5:00 pm tomorrow at War Memorial Gym.