T-Birds in search of first victory welcome Cascades
VANCOUVER – After a tight pair of losses to open the Canada West season, the UBC Thunderbirds look for their first win of the campaign when they host the University of the Fraser Valley Cascades for back-to-back games this week-end. The first meeting will be on Friday November 5 with a tip at 6:00 p.m. while the return engagement will be on Saturday November 6 and a departure at 5:00 p.m. at the War Memorial Gym.
Even though the ‘Birds didn’t perform as they expected on opening weekend, the young team certainly went bold and kept the basketball entertained by giving up two combined six-point decisions while welcoming fans on campus.
In Thursday’s home opener, the T-Birds narrowly missed in a thrilling 72-68 loss to the Trinity Western Spartans in a clash that saw the two teams trade buckets from start to finish. . The hosts split the score with five players hitting double digits, including the third-year keeper Hailey Consulting who led the way with 24 points and added five rebounds. Forward Azalya Forsbauer recorded a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds in her UBC debut as Emily martindale added 13 points in the loss.
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Meanwhile, two nights later, the drama was even more intense as the visiting University of Victoria Vikes battled a 16-point deficit to beat the T-Birds 74-72 through a buzzer-beater last second. Counsell had another remarkable performance for UBC with 23 points while Martindale added 14 points and Kate johnson amassed 13 points in the heartbreak.
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“We fought hard for 40 minutes both nights,” said the first-year UBC head coach. Erin McAleenan. “But we didn’t perform well at the end of the game either night and yet both games went to the end. I think that’s proof of our young and inexperienced squad, but we improved a lot from one game to the next so I know we will be even better this weekend. I thought when we played at our pace we performed well and were hard to keep but when we didn’t, we ended up taking some tough hits. After winning the battle of the boards against Trinity, we gave Victoria way too many offensive rebounds, so we just need to be more consistent in our game, and that will come.”
The visiting Cascades started the season 2-0 with a 71-67 home wins over UBC Okanagan last Friday, followed by a decisive 73-48 over UNBC last Saturday. Second-year goaltender Maddy Gobeil led the way for UFV in the opener, narrowly missing a double-double with 14 points and nine rebounds while on Saturday it was first-year forward Julia Tuchscherer who recorded the double-double thanks to a net of 25 points. and adding an impressive 18 rebounds.
“UFV have a very talented team and their style is very different from ours so it will be an interesting game,” added McAleenan when asked what she knows and what she expects from the visitors. “They’re playing physically and looking to slow down to find a post-up in the paint as well as have a handful of players who can shoot the 3. UFV are a top team in Canada West this year, so it will be another big challenge for us in our field. “
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