WBB: Landry stepping up for Timberwolves in sophomore season

January 23, 2018

Coming off the first Canada West playoff berth in program history, expectations reached a new high for the UNBC Women’s basketball team heading into this season. Most of the core was back, but the Timberwolves were looking to second-year Madison Landry to take a big step after an impressive freshman campaign. She has more than responded.

“The expectations were higher, but I think that’s the case for anyone going from first to second year. I put in a lot of work over the summer and I think it is showing. Going from first year to second year, having that experience really helps.”

Landry, who was coming off a strong rookie season, has nearly doubled her scoring output, from 7.7 to 15 points per game. She has turned the TWolves “big two,” with Maria Mongomo and Vasiliki Louka, into a “big three,” as they’re the only trio of teammates in the country to each average 15 or more points per outing.

“We play our best when we play as a team and play as one, so it’s awesome to see our team is clicking and moving the ball. It is fast-paced basketball, and we have two of the best players in the conference. It’s great.”

A product of Duchess Park Secondary, Landry was part of the Condors squad that won the BC Provincial championship in 2016. The chance to remain in her hometown and compete for the team she grew up watching was a great opportunity.

“I wasn’t really sure until Grade 11 or Grade 12, but I then realized it was the best fit for me. The crowds are always awesome here, and I think we get more and more every game. It’s awesome to play in front of my family and friends.”

The Timberwolves head into the final week of the season with their eyes set firmly on the postseason. Landry says last year’s playoff defeat at the hands of the UBC Thunderbirds has been on her mind all year, and the TWolves are looking to take a big step forward.

“The first playoff experience gives us more of an idea of what it’s going to be like this time. We are not satisfied with just making it to the first round this year.”

With three more seasons remaining in her UNBC career, don’t expect Landry to get complacent. She is leading UNBC is assists this year, and sits fifth in the entire conference in minutes played per game. But team success is her main objective, and she hopes to be a driving force in her hometown squad becoming a powerhouse.

“You can’t get into that place where you’re satisfied with where you’re at. You always want to keep improving and getting better. We are getting out of that phase of building the program, and we are now a force to be reckoned with.”