Free Throws: Vikes take aim at extending win streak

Free Throws: Vikes take aim at extending win streak

Canada West Communications

To get you set for the latest weekend of Canada West women's basketball action, here are some storylines from around the conference in the latest edition of Free Throws.

 

Vikes host Spartans hoping to extend win streak to eight

Cameron Doherty, Vikes Communications

VICTORIA - It will be a battle of sixth and seventh this weekend when the UVic Vikes women's basketball team welcomes the Trinity Western University Spartans to the CARSA Performance Gym for a pair of games on January 27 and 28.
 
The weekend gets underway with a 6 pm tip-off on Friday night while the rematch is scheduled for 5 pm.
 
The Vikes and Spartans are side by side in the Canada West standings, occupying sixth and seventh in the conference respectively.

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Pronghorns playoff hopes hang in the balance in final home games

Pronghorn Athletics

LETHBRIDGE - With two weekends of conference action remaining, the Lethbridge Pronghorn women's basketball team enters a near must win week, hosting the UBCO Heat in the final home games of the 2016-17 Canada West season.
 
The 'Horns and Heat will tip-off the weekend's action Friday night at 6:00pm and Saturday night at 5:00pm at the 1st Choice Savings Centre. Both games will also be streamed live on www.canadawest.tv.
 
Entering this week's action, the Pronghorns (4-12) are tied with the MacEwan Griffins for the final playoff spot but the Griffins have two games in hand on the Pronghorns. The Heat (2-12) are only two games back but come to Lethbridge riding a seven game losing streak.

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Cascades clash with longtime rivals

Dan Kinvig, UFC Cascades Sports Information

ABBOTSFORD - The WolfPack come in on a six-game losing streak, but Cascades head coach Al Tuchscherer knows better than to take TRU lightly no matter where they sit in the standings. These two teams have been rivals for years so there’s no shortage of motivation on either side.

“With the schedule being unbalanced for every team, they’ve had a pretty tough schedule to this point of the season,” Tuchscherer noted. “They’ve lost a number of close games, so we’re in no way taking this team lightly. They’re well-coached, and we’ve had some great games over the last four or five years. It’s always a battle playing them.”

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'Hall of Famer' Huband leads her 'Birds into huge clash with Bobcats

Aaron Martin, UBC Sports Media

VANCOUVER - The UBC Thunderbirds women's basketball team has shown a touch of inconsistency of late, going 2-4 since the calendar flipped to 2017. Still, the T-Birds' potent offense and ability to stifle teams defensively should give them a leg up on the middle-of-the-pack Brandon Bobcats (7-9, 7-9), who make their way to War Memorial Gym for a two-game series this weekend.

The first showdown between the two sides is a matinee on Friday, January 27, with tip-off set for 12:30 pm (PT). The special time on Friday coincides with 'School Day', where up to 1200 local grade school students will take in the game. The rematch is a primetime clash, with the 'Birds and Bobcats scheduled to square off at 5:00 pm (PT) on Saturday, January 28.

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Women's basketball weekend schedule:

Fri. 27 Brandon   UBC   12:30 PM PST
  Calgary   Regina   6:00 PM CST
  UNBC   Manitoba   6:00 PM CST
  Mount Royal   Saskatchewan   6:15 PM CST
  Winnipeg   MacEwan   6:00 PM MST
  UBC Okanagan   Lethbridge   6:00 PM MST
  Trinity Western   Victoria   6:00 PM PST
  Thompson Rivers   UFV   6:00 PM PST
Sat. 28 UNBC   Manitoba   4:00 PM CST
  Calgary   Regina   6:00 PM CST
  Shoot for the Cure - Lancez pour la guérison
  Winnipeg   MacEwan   5:00 PM MST
  UBC Okanagan   Lethbridge   5:00 PM MST
  Mount Royal   Saskatchewan   6:15 PM CST
  Trinity Western   Victoria   5:00 PM PST
  Thompson Rivers   UFV   5:00 PM PST
  Brandon   UBC   5:00 PM PST

Watch every game on Canada West TV.