Six seems to be the number of the day for the Timberwolves. The University of Northern British Columbia Women’s Basketball team, with just six players, gutted out a late comeback victory over the University of Regina, their sixth consecutive win, topping the Cougars 76-71 in Regina, on Saturday, February 1st, 2020.
“These injuries have been so hard to adjust to. Having only one sub is extremely difficult to play with,” said UNBC’s Issy Bourque. “Some players are only getting breathers in timeouts, and playing the entire game. Staying healthy is huge for us, because we need to be ready for playoffs.”
In the second quarter, the Cougars started to assert themselves, as Faith Reid made a pair of big three-pointers and the home team fed off the crowd there to support them for Seniors Night. At the other end, UNBC looked sluggish and unable to generate a ton of offense. Maria Mongomo was a bright spot, bodying up in the paint and getting second chance opportunities off rebounds. She would finish the half with 12 points and eight rebounds, and the TWolves held a 33-25 lead.
Early in the fourth, Regina came out the more energetic and effective side. Crone made a three to give the Cougars the lead, while Alexi Rowden chipped in as the advantage grew to five. Emily Holmes answered with a trey for UNBC, but the TWolves found themselves down with three minutes remaining. The teams traded buckets late, until baskets from Mongomo and Madison Landry gave the Timberwolves a late run and clutch victory.
"We had a slow start in the second half and things started getting desperate," said Bourque. "With five minutes left in the fourth, something shifted. All of us switched into game mode, forgot our pain and exhaustion, and got it done. The energy just blew up and it was great to be a part of."
Crone was the offensive engine for the Cougars, with 22 points and 8 rebounds. Reid made four three-pointers for 12 points, while Kleisinger had her usual complete game, scoring 13 points to go along with nine rebounds and eight assists. Rowden added eight points and 14 boards.