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UNBC basketball teams look to start new year with wins in battle of the wolves

The women are looking to snap a four-game losing skid
(via UNBC athletics)

New year, new teams? You will see a difference in the squads and their uniforms.

Both the UNBC women's and men's basketball teams will be looking to put the right foot forward to start the new year when they host the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack tomorrow (Jan. 4) and Saturday (Jan. 5). 

The lady Timberwolves are currently owners of a four-game losing streak after losing two games to the University of the Fraser Valley Cascades and two games against the University of Saskatchewan Huskies. 

On the men's side, they'll look to carry the momentum from their last win of 2018 against the Huskies. 

Both squads currently hold identical 6-4 records. 

It's good news for the women to be back at Charles Jago Northern Sport Centre this weekend as they have a perfect 4-0 record at home. The men also have a strong record on home court at 3-1.

Thompson Rivers University comes into the back-to-back at 4-6 for the men and 3-7 for the women. 

The WolfPack men's team sits 11th in Canada West Standings while the ladies sit 14th. 

Both Timberwolves teams sit eight in Canada West Standings in their respective divisions. 

As for the uniforms? UNBC has released a third jersey: gold and black. 

Here are the current scoring leaders for both teams: 

UNBC Timberwolves (men) 

  • Scoring leader - Jovan Leamy (19.8 points per game)
  • Rebounding leader - Vaggelis Loukas (9.4 per game) 
  • Assists leader - James Agyeman (3.3 per game) 
  • Steals leader - Jovan Leamy (2.7 per game) 
  • Blocks leader - Jovan Leamy (0.8 per game)

UNBC Timberwolves (women)

  • Scoring leader - Maria Mongomo (21.9 per game)
  • Rebounding leader - Vasiliki Louka (13.5 per game)
  • Assists leader - Emily Holmes (3.2 per game) 
  • Steals leader - Maria Mongomo (2.2 per game)
  • Blocks leader: Vasiliki Louka (0.9 per game)

“It’s important for us to come back and have strong games," women's forward Vasiliki Louka says in a press release. "We definitely want to win both games and get that confidence back. We need to follow our plan, and that’s a focus the rest of the year.”

The men's side also echoed a similar theme for the new year, wanting to come out strong. 

“We finished strong with a win against Saskatchewan, so we are trying to build on that," men's guard Vova Pluzhnikov adds in the release. "We are excited to play TRU, who is usually one of the best teams in the conference. They’re well coached, and play a high pace, so it should be fun to play them, especially on home court in front of our crowd.”

The women tip off at 6 p.m. on Friday (Jan. 4) and at 5 p.m. on Saturday (Jan. 5), while the men tip off at 8 p,m. on Friday and at 7 p.m. on Saturday.


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