Starting the season with a clean slate, both Men’s and Women’s UNBC Basketball Teams travelled to the University of Winnipeg Friday to take on the Wesmen.
The women got off to a slow start, down 8-0 in the opening stages of their match. After the first quarter, Winnipeg led 16-8, capped off by a big three-pointer from Taylor Thorkelsson.
The Timberwolves would outscore Winnipeg by 11-10 in th second half, but still trailed 26-19 at the halftime break.
In the second half, Thorkelsson was able to hit two clutch shots to put the Wesmen up by double digits, but the T-Wolves would score 10 of the next 15 points to narrow the score by just 40-35 after three quarters of play.
Unfortunately, it was too little, too late for UNBC as Winnipeg was consistent from beyond the arc. Megan Noonan was able to drain a pair of three pointers for the Wesmen and hold on for the 58-52 victory.
Timberwolves Guard, Maria Mongomo finished with a double-double performance managing 11 points and 15 rebounds.
The UNBC Women’s Basketball Team now sits 0-1 on the season, while Winnipeg improves to 1-0. Both clubs are back in action in Winnipeg on Saturday at 5 p.m.
On the men’s side, the Timberwolves lost to Winnipeg by a score of 59-74.
The Wesmen capitalized on big three pointer opportunities, hitting five of seven in the second half. Denzel Lynch-Blair had a game-high 25 points, nine rebounds, five assists and three steals for Winnipeg.
For UNBC, Marcus MacKay led the charge with 22 points, while Rhys Elliot had 15 and Vaggelis Loukas scored 11 points.
The Timberwolves are now 0-3 all time against Winnipeg and struggled in this mach-up, only shooting 32 per cent from the field.
Both clubs are back in action in Winnipeg on Saturday at 7 p.m.