Wolves win their third in a row
The UNBC women’s basketball team recorded its third victory in a row on Saturday evening.
At the Northern Sport Centre, the Timberwolves defeated the visiting Manitoba Bisons 83-72. The win improved their record to 6-8 on the season.
Despite the winning streak, the Timberwolves remain out of the playoff picture. Four games separate fifth-place UNBC from the fourth and final playoff spot in the eight-team Pacific Division. The UBC Thunderbirds of Vancouver and Victoria Vikes are tied for third at 10-4, behind the division-leading Fraser Valley Cascades (11-3) of Abbotsford and second-place TRU WolfPack (11-4) of Kamloops.
The Timberwolves will travel to Abbotsford to play the Cascades in a two-game set on Friday and Saturday. They’ll play their second consecutive road doubleheader the following weekend, visiting the Victoria Vikes on Feb. 1 and 2. They’ll wrap up their inaugural Canada West Universities Athletic Association schedule with four consecutive home games, against the Thunderbirds (Feb. 8 and 9) and Calgary-based Mount Royal Cougars (Feb. 15 and 16).
On Saturday, the Timberwolves were led by forward Sarah Robin, who recorded a game-high 24 points. She also had the most rebounds among UNBC players, with nine. Three other Timberwolves reached double figures in points: guard Jennifer Bruce (18), forward Emily Kaehn (12) and guard/forward Mercedes Van Koughnett (11).
The Bisons were led offensively by guard Robyn Eyer, who collected 20 points. Brittany Koop tallied 17 points and 10 rebounds for the visitors.
Saturday’s UNBC win followed a 79-76 triumph over the visiting Winnipeg Wesmen on Thursday evening.
It’s been a slow start to 2013 for the UNBC men’s basketball team.
Saturday night’s 90-79 home-court defeat to the Manitoba Bisons marked the Timberwolves fourth consecutive loss. They’re 0-4 in the new year, and 5-9 overall.
Despite the slide, a playoff spot is in the Timberwolves’ sight. Fifth in the Pacific Division, they’re only half a game behind the fourth and final playoff spot, held by the TRU WolfPack (6-9).
The Timberwolves play the Fraser Valley Cascades (7-7) on Friday and Saturday in Abbotsford. A sweep could put UNBC as high as third place.
The UBC Thunderbirds (12-2) lead the division, followed by the Victoria Vikes (9-5). After meeting the Vikes in Victoria on Feb. 1 and 2, the Timberwolves return home to welcome the Thunderbirds to the NSC on Feb. 8 and 9.
The Mount Royal Cougars visit UNBC on Feb. 15 and 16.