HUSKIES HOLD OFF T-BIRDS2014-01-11
VANCOUVER – A late game comeback by the UBC Thunderbirds basketball team fell short as the hosts lost 55-53 to the No. 4 Saskatchewan Huskies at War Memorial Gym in Vancouver on Saturday night.
Reigning Canada West MVP Kris Young had a spectacular game for the Thunderbirds, recording 24 points, seven rebounds and seven steals.
Adrienne Parkin, Maggie Sundberg and Harleen Sidhu all chipped in with six points.
Kabree Howard led Saskatchewan with 11 points while Desarae Hogberg and Kiera Lyons both had 10.
The two squads entered the fourth quarter tied at 39-39, but the visiting Huskies outscored the Thunderbirds 13-4 over the first six and a half minutes to take a solid lead. The run was bookended by foul shots from Dalyce Emmerson, who finished the night with a game-high 15 rebounds.
UBC’s comeback attempt began with two straight Harleen Sidhu layups to close to 52-47. The Thunderbirds then hit three of four free throws to trail 52-50 with 47 seconds left in the game.
After UBC gave up an offensive rebound on the ensuing possession and was forced to foul. Saskatchewan made three of four shots from the charity stripe to go up 55-50 with just eight seconds on the game clock.
Cassandra Knievel knocked down a three-point shot with four seconds left to get the home side to within a bucket. Then she stole the inbounds pass but her last second heave from the outside fell short as the final buzzer sounded with Saskatchewan ahead 55-53.
UBC had gotten off to a great start in the first quarter, forcing Saskatchewan without a field goal in the opening 4:30, a streak of seven missed shots that was finally broken with a Kiera Lyons layup.
A Jaime Hills triple with 2:25 left in the first put the ‘Birds up by 10 points. But the Huskies closed the gap to just one point (26-25) at the half, as they hit four three-points in the second quarter, including two from Howard.
UBC forced 29 turnovers from Saskatchewan but lost the rebounding battle 45-29. The visitors also converted half of their 16 shots from distance.
The Thunderbirds made 20 of their 57 shots (35.1 per cent) from the field while the Huskies were 17 for 50 (34.0 percent).
Both teams will travel to Calgary next weekend. UBC (7-5) will face Mt. Royal while Saskatchewan (11-1) will place the Dinos.