Second quarter surge propels Pronghorns to win over Timberwolves

PRINCE GEORGE, BC - A second quarter surge lead the Pronghorns to a 62-50 victory over the Timberwovlves on Saturday night. Kim Veldman led the now 5-7 Pronghorns with 19 points, while the Timberwolves fall with 4-8.

A second quarter surge gave the Pronghorns the lead they needed to stay ahead of the Timberwolves, outscoring their host 22-8. First year forward Mariah Miller (Lethbridge, AB) started the Pronghorns momentum netting eight of her 12 points during the second period. Kim Veldman (Lethbridge, AB) took over in the third adding 12 points after scoring only three in the first half. Veldman finished the game with a double-double, 19 points and 10 rebounds.

The Timberwolves struggled to get into a rhythm in the first half but were able to string together multiple possessions and bring the score to within seven points. Mercedes VanKoughnett (Prince George, BC) and Mavia Nijjer (Prince George, BC) led the Timberwolves each with 12 points, VanKoughnett also added 10 rebounds for a double-double.

Both teams struggled early in the game but it would be the Pronghorns who would find their footing first. After an even first quarter Lethbridge started to move the ball inside and work their forwards in the key. Miller was able to seal out the defence creating easy buckets. While the Pronghorns were running their offence the Timberwolves struggled to make a basket. Netting only eight second quarter points and shooting 20 percent over the first half the Timberwolves trailed the Pronghorns 30-18 heading into the second half.

After the break the Timberwolves came back with energy and what appeared to be a more coordinated effort on offence. VanKoughnett, who went scoreless in the first half , figured out how to get her shot to drop. The high scorer from Thursday's match up with the Calgary Dinos was able to give her team eight points in the third to keep the Pronghorns from breaking away.

Keeping the momentum going the Timberwolves were able to cut the Pronghorns lead to seven points but Veldman quickly put an end to the Timberwolves run. Knocking down a jumper from the elbow and a bunny from the low block, Veldman brought the Pronghorns lead back up to 11. Multiple efforts by the Timberwolves came without reward as they couldn't not get the ball to drop. At the final Whistle the Pronghorns maintained their lead and downed the Timberwolves 62-50.

The University of Lethbridge Pronghorns will host the nationally-ranked University of Alberta Pandas on Friday and Saturday next weekend. The Timberwolves return to the Northern Sport Centre next weekend when they host the University of Victoria Vikes January 17-18. All games can be viewed live at

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