A pair of tight match-ups Friday night kept both Men’s and Women’s University of Alberta Teams perfect at 3-0 on the season, while the UNBC Timberwolves are still winless.
In its home-opener, the the UNBC men pushed UofA right until the end, but lost 69-78 on home-court. Timberwolves fifth-year guard Rhys Elliott led all players with 21 points, including four rebounds. Fourth-year shooting guard Marcus MacKay also added 12 points for UNBC.
In a back and forth match-up, the T-Wolves cut the Golden Bear’s lead to three points with just 36.5 seconds left in the fourth quarter thanks to a three pointer by Elliot, but UofA was clutch on the free throw line to seal the victory.
On the women’s side, the fifth-year guard Maddie Rogers led the Pandas with 18 points in 23 minutes of playing time to give the University of Alberta a 65-78 victory over UNBC.
Timberwolves third year forward, Vasiliki Louka led UNBC with 21 points, while fifth year forward Stacey Graham scored 11. UNBC held the lead for just 20 seconds in the first quarter. Thanks to a pair of three point shots from Eleni Sterioupolou, the T-wolves were up 10-9 for a brief period.
Alberta bounced right back with clutch shots inside the paint, outscoring the Timberwolves 24-20 in the second quarter to lead 44-32 at half-time.
The Pandas made 26 of 55 shots from the floor, and were 43.5 per cent from beyond the arc. The Timberwolves shot 41.8 per cent from the floor, but only made 4 of 17 shots from three point land.
Both UNBC Men’s and Women’s teams are back in action Saturday night against the University of Alberta at the Northern Sport Centre. The women take the court at 5 p.m., while the men follow at 7 p.m.