UBC @ UNBC: Women's Basketball Preview

Women's Basketball
November 25, 2021

UNBC Women’s Basketball Preview
Friday, November 26th vs UBC Thunderbirds at 6 PM
Saturday, November 27th vs UBC Thunderbirds at 5 PM

UNBC Timberwolves – (3-1)
3rd in West Division Standings
71.0 Points Scored Per Game
60.3 Points Allowed Per Game
Scoring Leader: Alina Shakirova (24.5 Per Game)
Rebounding Leader: Sveta Boykova (14.0 Per Game)
Assists Leader: Lucy Guan (3.3 Per Game)
Steals Leader: Sarah Kuklisin (3.3 Per Game)
Blocks Leader: Lucy Guan (0.5 Per Game)

Player To Watch: Rebecca Landry, F
11.8 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 3.0 APG, 1.8 SPG

In her second season of eligibility, Rebecca Landry has rounded out her game all over the court. The 2020 UNBC Female Rookie of the Year is playing big minutes for a young TWolves roster, upping her scoring, rebounding, assists, and efficiency. Against a long and talented T-Birds program, the Prince George native will need to dynamic at both ends.

UBC Thunderbirds - Record (2-4)
5th in West Division Standings
66.0 Points Scored Per Game
68.4 Points Allowed Per Game
Scoring Leader: Hailey Counsell (16.0 Per Game)
Rebounding Leader: Olivia Weekes, Dina Strujic (6.5 Per Game)
Assists Leader: Kate Johnson (3.6 Per Game)
Steals Leader: Kate Johnson (2.6 Per Game)
Blocks Leader: Azayla Forstbauer (0.8 Per Game)

Player To Watch: Kate Johnson, G
15 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 3.6 APG, 2.6 SPG
Year four figures to be a big one for UBC’s do-everything guard Kate Johnson. The veteran leader of the T-Birds is the lead ball-handler and can fill the scoresheet in a variety of ways, including a 29-point effort last week vs UBCO. The Timberwolves will need to deny Johnson open shots, and look to get the ball out of her hands.

UNBC’s Anastasia Soltes

On the matchup with the Thunderbirds…
“They are a really good team. We are small this year, and they are big, so that may cause some difficulty for us. We have been doing a lot of work in practice, with the smalls working with the bigs, just to get used to that potential mismatch on the court. I think we have a good shot of beating them.”

On scouting a team they haven’t played in two years…
“We can watch them on tape, but in person, on the court, we don’t really know what we are expecting. It is a lot more nerve-wracking, and there is a lot more preparation going into these games.”

On the 3-1 start to the season…
“It was a bit iffy this year, with how small we were. We definitely are at a disadvantage. It is nice to see we have the potential to do well, and we shouldn’t feel as much like the underdogs. We have a shot at beating every team.”

On playing at the Northern Sport Centre…
“Having the fans cheer us on and being able to look in the crowd and see familiar faces definitely helps. It alleviates the fear a little bit, of playing such a good team. Hopefully that feeling will help us.”

Milestone Watch

-Alina Shakirova needs 38 points to reach 600 for her Canada West career
-Rebecca Landry needs 30 points to reach 200 for her Canada West career
-Sarah Kuklisin leads all freshmen in U SPORTS with 3.3 steals per game