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Pronghorns return to Canada West playoffs in Vancouver

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The Pronghorns and T-Birds will square-off Friday night at the War Memorial Gym in Vancouver. (Lethbridge Pronghorns photo)

LETHBRIDGE, Alta. (from Lethbridge Pronghorns) – Coming off their best season in 23 years, the Lethbridge Pronghorn women’s basketball team heads to Vancouver for a one-game playoff with the UBC Thunderbirds.

The Pronghorns and T-Birds will square-off Friday night at the War Memorial Gym in Vancouver. Tip-off is set for 6:00 pm PST. Catch all the action on www.canadawest.tv.

With an 11-9 record, the Pronghorns finished with a winning record for the first time since the 1993-94 season and will make their first playoff appearance since 2009-10.

Earlier in January, UBC swept the Pronghorns in Lethbridge, beating the Pronghorns 65-63 and 76-65.

A Look at the Teams

Lethbridge (11-9) split the regular season’s final series with the Alberta Pandas, winning the first game 72-63, before dropping a 68-58 decision in the season finale.

On the season, the Pronghorns finished ranked 10th in both team offence and defence, scoring 69.4 points per game, while allowing 69.

The Pronghorns finished third in Canada West in steals this year with 10.2 per game and were ranked in the top 10 in all three shooting percentage categories.

Despite winning one fewer game than the Pronghorns, UBC (10-10) was ranked one spot higher than Lethbridge for playoff seeding based on a higher RPI. In Canada West, the top 12 teams are then ranked 1 to 12 based on each team’s RPI standing in order to account for the various strength of schedules faced by each team.

Statistically, UBC finished the conference schedule, ranked 12th offensively, scoring 64.7 points per game and were ranked seventh defensively, allowing 64.9 points.

UBC was one of the top rebounding teams in the conference, finishing fourth in total rebounds per game with 42.9 per game and were the top defensive rebounding team, snagging 30.3 defensive rebounds per game.

Key Players

Senior guard Zoe Dahl and NCAA transfer Kacie Bosch finished tied for the team scoring lead, averaging 12.2 points per game each. Bosch also chipped in with 4.9 rebounds and 2.8 assists.

The Pronghorns also relied on a balanced offensive attack with four other players averaging seven or more points per game. Kathryn Hankins came off the bench most the season and averaged 8.1 points per game, and Katie Keith averaged 7.2 points and 6.8 rebounds.

For the Thunderbirds, the trio of Maddison Penn, Keylyn Filewich and Jessica Hanson accounted for nearly 72% of the T-Birds points this season.

6-foot-2 Australian guard Penn nearly averaged a double-double this season with 18.8 points and 9.9 rebounds, while 6-foot-1 forward Filewich was a close second with 16.2 points and 8.3 rebounds. Hanson averaged 11.5 points per game.

Up Next

The winner of the one-game playoff will advance to a best of three quarter-finals. If the Pronghorns win, a likely destination will be Regina to face the conference’s top team, the Regina Cougars.

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