WBB: Winnipeg at Timberwolves Preview

November 1, 2018

November 2nd & 3rd
Canada West Women’s Basketball Preview
Winnipeg @ UNBC

UNBC Timberwolves – Record (2-0)
3rd in Canada West Standings
100.0 Points Scored Per Game
60.0 Points Allowed Per Game
Scoring Leader: Maria Mongomo (24.0 Per Game)
Rebounding Leader: Vasiliki Louka (15.0 Per Game)
Assists Leader: Emily Holmes (4.0 Per Game)
Steals Leader: Maria Mongomo (3.0 Per Game)
Blocks Leader: Vasiliki Louka (1.0 Per Game)


Player To Watch :
Vasiliki Louka, F
21.5 PPG, 15.0 RPG, 2.0 APG, 1.0 SPG, 1.0 BPG
A dominant force in the paint, Louka hopes her fifth season in the Canada West is the Timberwolves’ best. Top five on the 2017-2018 conference leaderboards in scoring, rebounding, and blocks, the native of Athens, Greece will need to be on top of her game when matched up with Wesmen leading scorer Faith Hezekiah.

Winnipeg Wesmen – Record (0-2)
15th in Canada West Standings
71.5 Points Scored Per Game
78.0 Points Allowed Per Game
Scoring Leader: Faith Hezekiah (26.5 Per Game)
Rebounding Leader: Faith Hezekiah (7.5 Per Game)
Assists Leader: Farrah Castillo (4.0 Per Game)
Steals Leader: Faith Hezekiah (3.5 Per Game)
Blocks Leader: Hezekiah, Boulanger, Funk (0.5 Per Game)


Player To Watch :
Faith Hezekiah, F
26.5 PPG, 7.5 RPG, 2.0 APG, 3.5 SPG
A five-foot-eleven post, Hezekiah looks to have taken another step in her game this season. Currently pacing the conference in points per game, the native of East St. Paul, Manitoba was crucial in Winnipeg’s playoff victory over the TWolves in 2017-2018 season, notching 24 points, 12 rebounds, and five steals. UNBC will need to pay special attention to Hezekiah in order to be successful.

Quotes :
UNBC’s Abby Gibb
On a season-opening sweep of Mount Royal…
“It was a great weekend. We played as a team quite well, offensively and defensively. I thought we pushed the ball really well, and played together.”


On facing Winnipeg for the first time since 2017-2018 playoffs…
“Obviously there is an element of payback. Losing in the first round of the playoffs really sucked, so we are excited to come out and take them on.”

On the matchup with the Wesmen…
“Winnipeg is a really scrappy team, so we need to stay composed. They like to play a zone, so as long as we pass through that, we should be ok. We need to stay scrappy on them, as well. They have some key players who can drop significant points, so getting up on them and having constant pressure in transition will be key for us.”


On playing at the Northern Sport Centre..
“Just knowing our basket, and practicing here for so many weeks is a benefit. Playing at home is great. We really know the floor, and we have a lot of fans, so that really helps.”