UBC led wire to wire. They were up 18-11 after the first quarter and held a 37-27 lead at the half. They had four players in double figures led by Maddison Penn (2nd year, guard, North Lyneham, Australia) with 15 points. Krysten Lindquist (2nd year, guard, Markham, ON) added 12 for UBC. TRU's top scorer was Shenise Sigsworth (4th year, forward, Kamloops, BC) with nine points. Michelle Bos (3rd year, forward, Surrey, BC) had 11 rebounds.
Shenise Sigsworth 9 points, 4 rebounds (3 on def), one steal 29 minutes
Michelle Bos 8 points 11 rebounds (9 on def) 2-2 from free throw line 26 minutes
Cassie Rerick 7 Points, one steal, 2-2 from free throw line 13 minutes
Maddison Penn 15 points, 2 rebounds, 1-2 from free throw, 7-21 (FG-FGA) 24 minutes
Krysten Lindquist 12 points, 5 rebounds,1 assist 4-6 from free throw 4-6 (FG-FGA) 17 minutes
Shilpa Khanna 10 points, four rebounds, two steals 1-2 from free throw 22 minutes
Kara Spotton 10 points, three rebounds, 4-6 (FG-FGA) 15 minutes
TRU assistant coach Chuck Ferguson:
On the Contest: "We came out all right. Our shooting percentage being half of what theirs was and giving up 29 turnovers which resulted in at least 20 of their points put us in a big hole. We have to take better of the rock. We have to be better on the glass and on our defensive assignments that we were tonight."
UBC head coach Deb Huband:
On the Game: " We are happy to get the win and start league play off right. Being the first league game, everyone is a bit nervous. It takes a while to get your execution and your team play organized. I thought the third quarter where our defensive tenacity gave us a bit of an advantage. Everyone contributed. We had a lot of energy and a lot of compete and they had some fun out there which is nice to see."
The WolfPack and Thunderbirds will wind up their weekend series Saturday (Nov 5) on the Warner Rentals Court at the Tournament Capital Centre. Tip off will be 5 pm. You can see the game on a pay per view basis by logging onto WWW.CanadawestTV. The pre-game show will be on the air around 4:45 pm.
Next weekend (Nov 11-12) Thompson Rivers will head to Manitoba to take on the Bisons. UBC has a bye week.