UNBC Women's Basketball 2017-2018 Schedule Released

June 21, 2017


Coming off the first Canada West playoff appearance in program history, the UNBC Women’s basketball team learned of their opponents for the upcoming season, as the 2017-2018 conference schedule was officially released.

The Timberwolves open the season October 27th and 28th with the Calgary Dinos visiting the Northern Sport Centre.

A four game homestand in November will be a tough test for the TWolves, as they entertain the UBC Thunderbirds (16-4) and Regina Cougars (17-3) over nine days. UNBC will look to avenge their playoff losses at the hands of the T-Birds in February.

UNBC will wrap up the regular season schedule welcoming Fraser Valley (12-8) to Prince George, January 26th and 27th.

Coach Sergey Shchepotkin’s squad finished last season with a 6-14 record, and qualified for the Canada West playoffs as the #12 seed.

For the second consecutive season, ratings performance index (RPI) will be used to seed playoff teams, while win/loss records will again be used to determine playoff qualification. The CW RPI was implemented last season to account for varying strengths of schedules, resulting from the conference’s unbalanced schedule.

While RPI remains, the formula used to calculate it doesn’t. Alterations have been made to the RPI formula, following review by Canada West’s sport committee. The new formula, listed below, has been amended to both increase the value of a team’s win/loss record, while reducing the value assigned for away wins and increasing the value for home wins.
In addition to the altered RPI formula, a new playoff format is also coming to CW basketball this season, as the conference eliminated the CW Final Four tournament in favour of a one-game championship hosted by the highest remaining seed.

The number of playoff teams (12) has not changed from last season. The first round of conference playoffs will see the top four seeds earn byes, while the remaining eight teams will play single-elimination games (12 @ 5, 11 @ 6, 10 @ 7, and 9 @ 8) between February 8 and 11.

Fans will have access to every conference game on the road to nationals this season on Canada West TV – the conference’s official streaming platform – as every men’s and women’s conference regular season and playoff game will be streamed in 2017-18.

A full list of package options will be available mid-August, when the conference unveils its new streaming platform, as part of the conference’s rebrand

2017-2018 UNBC Timberwolves Women’s Basketball Schedule

Friday, October 27th – Calgary @ UNBC – 6 PM PT
Saturday, October 28th – Calgary @ UNBC – 5 PM PT

Friday, November 3rd – UNBC @ Trinity Western – 6 PM PT
Saturday, November 4th – UNBC @ Trinity Western – 5 PM PT

Friday, November 10th – UBC @ UNBC – 6 PM PT
Saturday, November 11th – UBC @ UNBC – 5 PM PT

Friday, November 17th – Regina @ UNBC – 6 PM PT
Saturday, November 18th – Regina @ UNBC - 5 PM PT

Friday, November 24th – UNBC @ MacEwan – 6 PM MT
Saturday, November 25th – UNBC @ MacEwan – 5 PM MT

Friday, December 1st – UNBC @ Thompson Rivers – 6 PM PT
Saturday, December 2nd – UNBC @ Thompson Rivers – 5 PM PT

Friday, January 5th – UBC Okanagan @ UNBC – 6 PM PT
Saturday, January 6th – UBC Okanagan @ UNBC – 5 PM PT

Friday, January 12th – UNBC @ Brandon – 6 PM CT
Saturday, January 13th – UNBC @ Brandon – 5 PM CT

Friday, January 19th – UNBC @ Victoria – 6 PM PT
Saturday, January 20th – UNBC @ Victoria – 5 PM PT

Friday, January 26th – Fraser Valley @ UNBC – 6 PM PT
Saturday, January 27th – Fraser Valley @ UNBC – 5 PM PT