UNBC vs Brandon: Women's Basketball Playoff Preview

Women's Basketball
March 1, 2022

UNBC Women’s Playoff Basketball Preview
Friday, March 4th vs Brandon Bobcats @ MRU at 5 PM MT

UNBC Timberwolves – Record (8-10)
th in West Division Standings
69.6 Points Scored Per Game
70.9 Points Allowed Per Game
Scoring Leader: Alina Shakirova (18.5 Per Game)
Rebounding Leader: Sveta Boykova (12.1 Per Game)
Assists Leader: Alina Shakirova (2.8 Per Game)
Steals Leader: Alina Shakirova (1.9 Per Game)
Blocks Leader: Emma vanBruinessen (0.3 Per Game)

Player To Watch: Alina Shakirova
18.5 PPG, 6.7 RPG, 2.8 APG, 1.9 SPG
One of four players in the conference to finish top 20 in scoring, rebounding, assists, and steals, Alina Shakirova had a breakout season for the Timberwolves, coming off a season lost to a torn ACL. The Moscow product will never get outworked, and will be crucial to the TWolves approach at both ends of the court against a gritty Bobcats team.

Brandon Bobcats - Record (0-16)
5th in East Division Standings
53.8 Points Scored Per Game
86.8 Points Allowed Per Game
Scoring Leader: Reetta Tulkki (12.6 Per Game)
Rebounding Leader: Adrianna Proulx (5.5 Per Game)
Assists Leader: Chelsea Misskey (1.6 Per Game)
Steals Leader: Chelsea Misskey (1.6 Per Game)
Blocks Leader: Bailey Johnson (0.5 Per Game)

Player To Watch: Adrianna Proulx, F
10.5 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 1.0 APG, 1.2 SPG

UNBC’s Rebecca Landry

On the mood heading into playoffs…
“We are really excited for playoffs. We just finished playing, pretty much, five in-season games in a row, so just being able to get into playoffs is going to be really exciting. To see where we match up with these other conferences that we haven’t played all year.”

On extra pressure…
“When you lose, it’s the end of the season, so we really want to win and keep it alive. There is definitely a different excitement and different pressure that you feel, but it’s still very fun.”

On playing the Bobcats…
“Preparation this week will be looking at some film from Brandon and their past games. But mainly focusing on our game, and how we are going to work together.”

On keys to success…
“Our team has great games when we play together. That is when we shine and can come out with big wins. We need to trust each other and pass the ball to get the best shot possible is really important.”