UBC swept aside the University of Alberta Pandas in imperious fashion Thursday night with a dominating 85-51 win at War Memorial Gym in game one of the Canada West women’s basketball quarterfinal. The Thunderbirds can clinch the best-of-three series with a win on Saturday night.
The T-Birds were quick off the mark, starting off with a couple of three-pointers that gave them a 10-2 lead just three minutes into the game. Alberta never posed a threat all night and were choked off by a strong defensive effort.
UBC seized 28 defensive rebounds to limit Alberta’s opportunities, but the Pandas were their own worst enemy as they ended the game with a dire .321 shooting percentage.
It was hard to pick out any particular individual performance on a night when UBC had six players in double digits, but Kristjana Young’s 11 assists and 12 points were a big factor in the win. Kristen Hughes was another top performer, leading UBC with 16 points.
The Thunderbirds will now look to break their playoff hoodoo against Alberta by winning game two of the series on Saturday.