Women's Basketball (league)
January 21, 2000
T.W.U. Spartans (61) vs. the University of British Columbia (79)
UBC Went to the Mills
Langley, British Columbia - It was all Jessica Mills from the University of British Columbia on January 21, as she pushed the T'Birds past the Trinity Western University women's basketball team 79-61. The sixth ranked team in the nation won the game in the first half.
UBC scored 20 points in the first half off 21 TWU turnovers. UBC held the Spartans to just 3 points in the final 6:16 of the first half to take a 41-26 lead at the break. The Spartans played a tough game in the second half, but UBC kept their intensity up. The T'Birds outscored the Spartans by just 3 points in the second stanza.
UBC was able to get off 15 more shots in the game and Mills was a huge factor in that statistic. Mills led the way with a powerful 32 points and 6 rebounds. Charmene Adams added 7 assists for the T'Birds. Anna Chinnery's 14 points and 8 rebounds and Heidi Suderman's 10 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists led the Spartans.
UBC improves to 8-5 in Canada West play, while TWU drops their record to 3-10, but still in position to qualify for the post-season.
"Differences in tonight's game were the turnovers and the heart. We didn't want it bad enough and those 10 minutes in the first half where we had the mental lapse is what lost us the ball game," remarked Head Coach Rebecca Hays.
"We didn't get outplayed badly. If we played those 10 minutes like we played the other 30 it would have been closer. Too many outside variables determined our outcome tonight... it was the turnovers that killed us," continued Hays.
The Spartans will have a chance to redeem themselves, as they host the T'Birds again on January 22. Game time for the women will be 6:15 p.m.