WBB: Timberwolves at Trinity Western Preview

Women's Basketball
November 6, 2019

Canada West Women’s Basketball Preview
UNBC @ Trinity Western
November 8th, 2019 @ 6 PM
November 9th, 2019 @ 5 PM

UNBC Timberwolves - Record (0-2)
17th in Canada West Standings
76.5 Points Scored Per Game
83.5 Points Allowed Per Game
Scoring Leader: Alina Shakirova (25.0 Per Game)
Rebounding Leader: Maria Mongomo, Emma vanBruinessen (9.0 Per Game)
Assists Leader: Emily Holmes (7.0 Per Game)
Steals Leader: Madison Landry (1.0 Per Game)
Blocks Leader: Alina Shakirova (1.0 Per Game)

Player to Watch: Maria Mongomo, F
12.0 PPG, 9.0 RPG, 2.0 APG
Off to a bit of a slow start by her elite standards, Mongomo has the physicality and skillset to impact every single game. A streaky scorer, the Las Palmas native will need to be assertive in getting to her spot on the floor, against the Spartans defense which will try to deny the fifth-year the ball.

Trinity Western Spartans - Record (0-2)
14th in Canada West Standings
58.5 Points Scored Per Game
65.0 Points Allowed Per Game
Scoring Leader: Nicole Fransson (19.0 Per Game)
Rebounding Leader: Nicole Fransson (13.0 Per Game)
Assists Leader: Kianna Wiens (2.5 Per Game)
Steals Leader: Nicole Fransson, Jayden Gill (1.0 Per Game)
Blocks Leader: Nicole Fransson (1.5 Per Game)

Player to Watch: Nicole Fransson, F
19.0 PPG, 13.0 RPG, 2.0 APG, 1.5 BPG
The 2018-2019 Canada West Rookie of the Year, Fransson figures to have an expanded role with the departure of post Tesse Ratzlaff. Off to an impressive start, the Edmonton native is the engine for TWU’s approach at both ends of the court. The TWolves will need to pay plenty of attention to the six-foot-two forward.

Quotes:
UNBC’s Issy Bourque

On the matchup with the Spartans…
“Trinity has always run a very fast-paced game, and they crash the boards well. I think we are expecting them to advance the ball quickly, and create a very physical game.”

On TWU seeking revenge for 2019 playoff defeat…
“They will definitely be out to get us. Last year was a high-energy, emotional matchup. I don’t doubt that they’ve been working hard to come at us this weekend. It’ll be a battle for sure.”

On changes from opening weekend …
“Our execution needs to come through and really improve this weekend, along with a ton of heart. We will especially need to control all rebounds, if we want to do well against the Spartans.”

On mindset, early in the season…
“After last weekend, we are hungry as ever for a win. We are ready to put in some serious work in practice this week before flying down on Thursday.”