UNBC @ Victoria: Women's Basketball Preview

Women's Basketball
November 29, 2021

UNBC Women’s Basketball Preview
Friday, December 3rd vs Victoria Vikes at 6 PM
Saturday, December 4th vs Victoria Vikes at 5 PM

UNBC Timberwolves – (4-2)
3rd in West Division Standings
71.8 Points Scored Per Game
64.3 Points Allowed Per Game
Scoring Leader: Alina Shakirova (22.2 Per Game)
Rebounding Leader: Sveta Boykova (14.5 Per Game)
Assists Leader: Lucy Guan, Anastasia Soltes, Alina Shakirova (3.2 Per Game)
Steals Leader: Sarah Kuklisin (2.7 Per Game)
Blocks Leader: Sveta Boykova (0.3 Per Game)

Player To Watch: Laura Garmendia Garcia, F
8.2 PPG, 4.8 RPG
In her first season with the Timberwolves, Laura Garmendia Garcia has established herself as an important part of the UNBC rotation. Possessing good length and a savvy understanding of the game, the Spaniard usually comes off the bench and can play a number of positions for Sergey Shchepotkin’s team. LGG will need to be assertive at both ends against a Vikes team full of size and speed.

Victoria Vikes - Record (2-4)
6th in West Division Standings
68.8 Points Scored Per Game
69.8 Points Allowed Per Game
Scoring Leader: Ashlyn Day (21.3 Per Game)
Rebounding Leader: Mimi Segue (7.5 Per Game)
Assists Leader: Calli McMillan (4.2 Per Game)
Steals Leader: Calli McMillan (1.7 Per Game)
Blocks Leader: Tana Pankratz (2.2 Per Game)

Player To Watch: Aleah Ashlee, F
5.2 PPG, 6.3 RPG, 1.5 APG, 1.5 SPG

Aleah Ashlee can do a little bit of everything for the Vikes. The fifth-year guard/forward is a proven scorer at the CW level, and provides Carrie Watts and her coaching staff with lineup versatility. While UNBC will need to pay special attention to Ashlyn Day’s scoring and Calli McMillan’s playmaking, Ashlee is a presence who will need to be accounted for.

Quotes:
UNBC’s Lucy Guan

On the 4-2 start to the season…
“I think we have grown a lot since preseason, and it is definitely cool to see different players stepping up in different games. We are happy with the 4-2 start. We wish we had gotten that second UBC game, but it is a good start to the season and hopefully it carries on into next semester.”

On the Vikes…
“They’re definitely a team with a lot of depth. They have a lot of older guards, and they have a ton of size. We are definitely expecting some hard-fought games, but we are ready to compete.”


On the keys to success vs Victoria…
“I think it will be important for us to carry on what we did this past weekend. Playing team basketball, trusting each other, and moving the ball. Defensively, they will be a lot bigger and taller, so it is important we keep playing tough and gritty inside, and make sure they don’t get easy buckets.”

On wrapping up 2021 on a positive note…
“It’s important to come in this weekend expecting to compete and wanting those wins. It will carry over to next semester, and it helps set the tone.”

Milestone Watch

-Alina Shakirova needs three points to reach 600 for her Canada West career
-Rebecca Landry needs eight points to reach 200 for her Canada West career
-Anastasia Soltes needs one point to reach 100 for her Canada West career
-Sveta Boykova needs 13 rebounds to reach 100 for her Canada West career
-Alina Shakirova needs 12 assists to reach 100 for her Canada West career