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TWolves tangle with TBirds on the hardwood

UNBC Timberwolves player Alexis Magrath. UNBC photo
UNBC Timberwolves player Alexis Magrath. UNBC photo

The UNBC Timberwolves women’s basketball team will be making the trip to Point Grey this weekend to take on the UBC Thunderbirds.

It’s a match-up that the Timberwolves liked last season, sweeping the Lower Mainland team, however the Timberwolves aren’t taking anything for granted.

“Last year we did really well when we played UBC, so we hope to build on that momentum,” said UNBC’s Alexis Magrath. “We won’t have our home fans, we won’t have our home court, our home rims. We have to stick to our basics, rebounding hard, and putting up our shots.”

Going into the weekend, the Timberwolves sit eighth in Canada West standing on the strength of a 9-7 record. The Timberwolves are averaging 77.1 points per game while allowing an average 71.9. The Thunderbirds are in fifth spot with a 12-4 record, averaging 78.2 points per game with a stingy defence, allowing an average of 64.6 points per game.

“I am expecting them to come out hard against our top players, just like we are going to come out hard against theirs,” said Magrath. “We will have to rely on some players who they may not be thinking of, to keep us ahead of them.”

With the playoffs fast approaching, wins, especially against a team higher up in the standings, are crucial.

“It is really important for us to get wins this weekend, because we would like to host a playoff game, instead of going somewhere else,” said McGrath. “It’s also important to help us just make the playoffs, because we haven’t secured that spot yet.”

Maria Mongomo is leading the Timberwolves on offence, averaging 20.7 points per game. Madison Landry is the assists leader averaging 3.4 per game. Vasiliki Louka is the teams rebounding leader, averaging 12.9 per game. Louka is also averaging 1.3 blocks per game and Mongomo is averaging 2.3 steals per game.