For four years, Madison Landry held the University of Northern British Columbia single game rookie scoring record. That is, until her little sister came along. Rebecca Landry set a new UNBC mark with 30 points in the Timberwolves’ 96-60 win over the Brandon University Bobcats on Saturday, in Prince George.
“I didn’t know she had the record, but I knew she had a lot of points in her rookie year,” Rebecca said of her older sister. I was very surprised when I was told I broke it. I see her so highly.”
In the opening frame, the Timberwolves got out to a blistering start, utilizing stops at the defensive end to create offensive opportunities. Maria Mongomo scored 11 points in the frame, but the story was her foul trouble. The Spanish forward registered three personal fouls, so UNBC coach Sergey Shchepotkin would have to be aware of that development. The Bobcats got scoring by committee, and found themselves down 18-14 after ten minutes.
In the second quarter, freshman Rebecca Landry was able to find herself open, and made the most of her looks, going 4-for-4 from beyond the arc. Brandon didn’t back down, as they found soft spots in the TWolves zone, leading to good looks from outside. Hailey Maas made four treys of her own, and the Bobcats shot 7-for-14 from three in the half. At the half, UNBC held a 44-32 advantage.
“Tonight was a great shooting night for me, but it was because of how my teammates executed plays,” said Maas. “We got it to open shooters. That’s what we work on in practice, and I think we did that well tonight.”
The TWolves stretched their lead in the early third, with Madison Landry using her length and speed to get to the rim for tough baskets. However, when UNBC looked to be putting their stamp on the game, Brandon pushed back yet again. Maas was the engine, continuing to convert on long jumpers, keeping her team close. Logan Biccum complimented Maas’ efforts, chipping in, but the Timberwolves held a 63-49 lead at the buzzer.
In the fourth quarter, the TWolves seized momentum and built on it, and built on it some more. Rebecca Landry continued to roll, and was joined in the scoring party by fellow freshman Anastasia Soltes. When the final buzzer sounded, the TWolves had a major win, topping the Bobcats 93-60.
Rebecca Landry’s 30 were aided by her six three-pointers, but the first-year also chipped in with three rebounds, three assists, and two steals. Her older sister Madison scored 20 points, to go along with six assists and four rebounds. Maria Mongomo, fresh off three consecutive 30-point outings, added 17 points and nine boards, while Emma vanBruinessen grabbed 14 boards.
“This says a lot about our depth,” said Landry, postgame. “We are looking for each other out there, which is something we have gotten a lot better at. We are moving the ball and everyone is getting those chances.”
Maas led Brandon with 19 points and four rebounds, while Logan Biccum added 12 points.
“I always like our hustle, but it is sometimes not enough,” said Maas. “We just need to focus for our next two weeks of play.”
“This is huge. We hadn’t had a sweep until last weekend,” said Landry. “We are happy having another one this weekend. This will be very helpful for our playoff possibilities.”