Madison Landry and Alina Shakirova showed up big against the UBC Thunderbirds on Friday night, dropping 24 and 22 points respectively to give the University of Northern British Columbia Timberwolves their second victory of the season with an 80-63 win.
A back-and-forth affair in the first quarter saw both teams even at 15 entering the second.
The TWolves pulled ahead late in the second frame when they finished the quarter with a 7-0 run, extending their lead to 36-28 before the intermission. At the half, forward Madison Landry led all scorers with 15, ten of which came in the second quarter. Martindale’s seven points led all Thunderbird scorers at halftime.
“I think the biggest thing for tonight is even when they had their push, we could respond,” said Landry, who also finished the night with four assists. So they brought it up to a two or three-point gap and we responded and then just kept making that gap bigger and bigger for ourselves so I think that was the key point in tonight’s win.”
UBC chipped away at the TWolves lead to start the third, holding UNBC to four points while the Thunderbirds mounted their comeback. Midway through the third UBC drew within one, trailing 40-39 with 5:40 to go.
Down by three, UBC guard Gabriella Laguerta knocked down a triple to draw the Thunderbirds even at 45-45.
Tough defense and some timely threes from Emily Holmes and Madison Landry helped the T-wolves hold off UBC’s rally. Eleven unanswered points from UNBC put them ahead 56-47 entering the final 10 minutes.
UBC poured on the offensive pressure in the fourth, but UNBC continued to answer, running out the clock up 80-63.
It was a balanced attack for the Thunderbirds with four players in double digits led by Keylyn Filewich with 13, who had help from guard Jessica Hanson (12 points), and Gabriella Laguerta and Emily Martindale both scoring 11.
“I think the struggle that we’ve had so far in this season is trying to get going offensively,” said Filewich. “I thought our defensive execution for the most part was pretty solid and just trying to find those openings, both myself and others. We just need to find that flow offensively and we haven’t found it yet this season.”
Despite 47 team rebounds for UBC, the TWolves were able to hold off the Thunderbirds, outscoring their opponents 27-15 from behind the arc.
Filewich filled the stat sheet on Friday, adding 13 rebounds and three steals to her 13 points. On the other end, it was Cevanna Carlson cleaning up the boards for the T-wolves, finishing the game with eight boards in total and three helpers.