WBB: UFV at Timberwolves Preview

Women's Basketball
January 8, 2020

Canada West Women’s Basketball Preview: UFV @ UNBC

January 10th, 2020 at 6 PM PT
January 11th, 2020 at 5 PM PT

UNBC Timberwolves - Record (3-7)
13th in Canada West Standings
67.4 Points Scored Per Game
71.8 Points Allowed Per Game
Scoring Leader: Madison Landry (19.5 Per Game)
Rebounding Leader: Maria Mongomo (8.6 Per Game)
Assists Leader: Emily Holmes (3.4 Per Game)
Steals Leader: Maria Mongomo (3.0 Per Game)
Blocks Leader: Emma vanBruinessen (0.9 Per Game)

Player To Watch: Maria Mongomo, F
15.1 PPG, 8.6 RPG, 1.8 APG, 3.0 SPG
In her fifth and final season with the Timberwolves, Mongomo is set to put a bow on her historic Canada West career. The active scoring leader in the conference, the native of Las Palmas, Spain is approaching Vasiliki Louka’s UNBC record while looking to finish Top Ten in CW scoring for the fifth time. She will need to be on her game at both ends as the TWolves face injury woes against a dynamic opponent.

UFV Cascades - Record (6-4)
6th in Canada West Standings
70.7 Points Scored Per Game
64.7 Points Allowed Per Game
Scoring Leader: Taylor Claggett (19.4 Per Game)
Rebounding Leader: Taylor Claggett (9.5 Per Game)
Assists Leader: Taylor Claggett (4.0 Per Game)
Steals Leader: Jessica Parker (2.3 Per Game)
Blocks Leader: Madison Draayers (0.5 Per Game)

Player To Watch: Taylor Claggett, F
19.4 PPG, 9.5 RPG, 4.0 APG, 2.0 SPG
Claggett is on the brink of history, needing just four free-throws to break the Canada West all-time record. However, her game has been much more than getting to the charity stripe, as she leads the Cascades in points, rebounds, and assists. The Mission product is the motor for a UFV program that moves the ball well and can beat any team in the conference.

- UNBC’s Maria Mongomo is 54 points shy of breaking Vasiliki Louka’s Timberwolves career points record (1498)
- UNBC’s Madison Landry needs 21 points to reach 1000 career points. Only three players (Louka, Mongomo, Mercedes vanKoughnett) have reached that mark.
- UNBC’s Maria Mongomo needs eight 3-pointers to reach 150 for her career.
- UNBC’s Madison Landry needs three assists to pass Christine Kennedy for 5th in Timberwolves history.
- UNBC’s Alina Shakirova needs one rebound to reach 200 for her Timberwolf career.
- UNBC’s Madison Landry needs five rebounds to reach 200 for her TWolf career.
- UFV’s Taylor Claggett needs to make four free throws to set the all-time Canada West record (current record is 455, held by Saskatchewan’s Sarah Crooks)

UNBC’s Emma vanBruinessen

On the state of the team at the halfway mark…
“Our team has seen a lot of growth since the beginning of the season, we are all finding and filling our roles. We still have a lot of work to do cleaning up the little things, if we want to peak at the right time come February but I don’t see any reason why we can’t be competitive coming into the second half of the season.”

On everyone stepping up with current injuries to team…
“After the injuries we faced this weekend with Cevanna and Alina, who play key roles and big minutes, it’s going to be important that everyone be ready to step into play. Both the bench and the starters are going to have put up additional points that both players would normally average.  Each game is key if we plan to make it to the playoffs, and every game is going to need to be a team effort.”

On keys to the matchup with UFV…
“This weekend we need to focus on the little things. Tough defense will be key as well as preventing turnovers, and unnecessary fouls. We were competitive with UBC so there is no reason we can’t be competitive with UFV and pull out some wins.”

On the parity in Canada West…
“Canada West is a strong division with big players, and scorers. We have the top two teams in the entire country. So many teams are competitive, so it’s really anyone’s game when it comes to playoffs. A lot of teams are similarly ranked right now in terms of win/loss ratio and each game is going to be crucial in our next 5 weekends. The middle of the pack rankings show that if you have an off weekend anyone can move up in the rankings. If you look at our weekend against Calgary, the number two ranked team in Canada, we were very competitive with them, even with injuries. This league just goes to show that no weekend is a guaranteed win or loss for any team.”