Timberwolves claw Bearcats

Certain stats stick out when looking over lopsided box scores, other than the final score itself. Here’s a clear indication the UNBC Northern Timberwolves women’s basketball team didn’t face a stiff test on Saturday evening: they scored almost as many points as the Columbia Bible College (CBC) Bearcats’ total in the first quarter. Leading 31-9 through 10 minutes, the Timberwolves were already well on their way to victory. They ended up defeating the visitors 94-36 in their final home game of the 2010-11 B.C. Colleges Athletic Association (BCCAA) regular season. “It’s really hard to play a team that isn’t as good as you, and you tend to play down to their level,” Timberwolves interim head coach Rachel Hulme said. “One of our focuses for this game was to continue with our level of play and to maintain our pressure and our fast break and just the energy, keep our energy up to the way we play and not go down to their level.” UNBC fifth-year guard Christine Kennedy led all scorers with 15 points. Three players scored 12 each – Sarah Moxley, Mercedes Van Koughnett and Emily Kaehn. Moxley, a forward, is also into her fifth season. Graduating members of the Timberwolves, Moxley and Kennedy are ineligible to return to the lineup in 2011-12, and played their final game at UNBC on Saturday. “It’s over, but it has to end for provincials to come and that’s where we really want to be,” Moxley said. At 13-5, the Timberwolves and UBC-Okanagan Heat finished the BCCAA regular season with identical records, behind only division leaders Capilano (16-2) and second-place Vancouver Island (15-3). The Heat take the third-place ranking into provincials, March 3 to 5 at CBC, since they outscored UNBC in their two head-to-head matches. The provincial competition is rounded out with the No. 5 Camosun College Chargers (11-7) and No. 6 Langara College Falcons (9-9). The Timberwolves and Chargers will meet in a quarterfinal game on March 3. Combined with Friday evening’s 122-31 loss to UNBC, the doubleheader sweep left the winless Bearcats in the basement of the 10-team division at 0-16. The UNBC men’s and women’s teams will arrive in Abbotsford the day before provincials begin, flying to the Lower Mainland in a week. “We lost to (Camosun) the last time we played them so the girls want that revenge and they want that win, and the first game of provincials is the time that we’re going to take it,” Hulme said. For more on Kennedy and Moxley, check this month’s Sports Extra inside this issue of the Free Press.

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