Prince George, B.C. – Saturday night at the Northern Sports Centre, the UNBC Timberwolves women’s basketball team (2-2) completed the weekend sweep of the MacEwan Griffins (0-6) thanks to a 75-58 victory. Amrit Manak paced the TWolves attack with a new single-game high of 18 points while Svetlana Boykova chimed in with nine assists and eight boards. Toni Gordon responded with a team-high 13 points for the Griffins.
The TWolves held a slim 18-16 lead after the opening 10 minutes. With the score 10-10, Amrit Manak drained an elbow three pointer to restore a UNBC lead. Then a few trips later down the floor, Hanna Busic knocked down a deep corner two to make it a five-point edge for the hosts. Bella Mesquita (a three for UNBC) and Makenzie Reeve (a tough hook shot down low for GMU) traded timely baskets in the final minute which led to the 18-16 count. Rebecca Landry, fresh off a team-best 22 points a night ago, led UNBC with six points in the opening quarter while Toni Gordon had six in response for MacEwan.
A pair of successful free-throws from Sarah Burnell early in the second helped move the Griffins back within one. But UNBC countered with four straight buckets and an 8-0 run that featured back-to-back makes from Bella Mesquita and separate two-point efforts from Svetlana Boykova and Rebecca Landry. At the half, Bella Mesquita led all TWolves with nine points and was 3/6 from the field. Equally impressive was Svetlanta Boykova who had seven assists. Toni Gordon was the top Griffin at half with 10 points and was 4/5 on field goals.
UNBC increased their lead by six points, thanks to a 17-11 edge in the third quarter. Rebecca Landry kicked off the third with back-to-back buckets for UNBC, putting them ahead by 12 points. With time winding down in the quarter, Unity Obasuyi did her best to keep the Griffins within striking distance by converting on an elbow three, pushing the visitors to within 13. But Amrit Manak quickly countered with a trey of her own which pushed the UNBC lead back to 16. The third quarter would end with UNBC holding a 55-41 advantage. Svetlana Boykova added two more assists in the third, moving her game total to nine.
A deep three bomb and a pair of free throws from Amrit Manak helped move UNBC’s lead to 22 points (66-44) with just under six minutes remaining in the game. Credit the Griffins who clawed their way back to within 18 points thanks to three pointers from Toni Gordon and Unity Obasuyi, but in the end the TWolves always had an answer. When the dust settled at the NSC, UNBC was able to celebrate their second victory in as many nights and a return to the .500 mark.
Second-year forward Amrit Manak’s stat line included 18 points (4/7 from 3pt), two assists and two steals. For her efforts, the Toronto product was named the Mr. Mike’s Player of the Game for UNBC.
The TWolves will now return to the practice floor ahead of a road trip to Alberta next weekend to face the Pandas in a Friday-Saturday double-header.