Vancouver, BC – The No. 2 ranked UBC Thunderbirds women’s basketball team will host the Regina Cougars this weekend in a best-of-three Canada West Quarter-Final series at War Memorial Gym. The winner of the series will advance to the Canada West Final Four on March 6-7.
Regina is coming off a series sweep of the Fraser Valley Cascades in the play-in series; an impressive performance by the Cougars who won on the road 74-56 and 80-65. Regina guard Katie Polischuck was the star of the series, scoring 15 and 17 points respectively.
Despite their up and down regular season, Regina is considered one of the best offensive teams in the conference. The Cougars rank fourth in the conference in scoring and are the third best three-point shooting team in the conference.
The Cougars, who only have 10 players on their roster, rely heavily on their starting five players, whom all average over 23 minutes a game and at least 8.8 points per game.
In their regular season two-game series just three weeks ago, the Thunderbirds won both games in Regina. UBC dominated the Friday night game winning 77-48 and then played a solid game Saturday to earn the 66-52 victory.
So far UBC has been unstoppable in 2015 and enter this weekend on a 12-game winning streak. Last week they had a bye and should be well rested and ready to take on the Cougars.
The ‘Birds will be led by the recently named Canada West Player of the Year, senior guard Kris Young, who averages 18 points and 6.8 rebounds. It is the second time in three years Young has earned top honours in the conference. Young has a strong supporting cast behind year, highlighted by fellow conference all-star Harleen Sidhu, and fourth-year players Adrienne Parkin, Diana Lee, and Cassandra Knievel.
If the Thunderbirds win the series they will be the host team for the Canada West Final Four.
Tip off for game one is slated for 6:00 pm on Friday, February 27. Game two will go Saturday, February 28 at 5:00 pm and if necessary game three will be played Sunday, March 1 at 2:00 pm.