With playoff seeding at stake, the Golden Bears and Pandas Basketball teams will host the UBC Thunderbirds in the final regular season weekend.
The Pandas face the UBC women’s team at 6 p.m. on Friday and 5 p.m. on Saturday while the No. 6 ranked Bears take on the No. 4 T-Birds at 8 p.m. and 7 p.m., respectively. All games are also available live on Canada West TV.
Entering the final week, the Alberta Pandas are 14-4, while the UBC Thunderbirds are 13-5 and sit third and sixth respectively in the conference RPI rankings.
After having won 12-straight games, the Pandas had their big win streak snapped last weekend in Saskatoon against the Saskatchewan Huskies.
Vanessa Wild had a career-high 27 points in the Pandas 88-65 loss on Jan.26. It marks the fourth time in the last 10 games; Wild has scored 20+ points in a single game. UBC split their series against the UNBC Timberwolves, but have won 10 of their last 11 contests.
The Golden Bears are coming off back-to-back weekend splits against UNBC and Saskatchewan and sit in third and face a T-Birds squad that is red-hot, having won 16-straight games.
A top four ranking for either the Bears or Pandas would mean a first-round playoff bye.
Fourth-year power forward Brody Clarke recorded his 13th double-double this season last weekend against Saskatchewan. UBC’s only loss this season came back on Oct.27 a 102-93 loss at home to the Saskatchewan Huskies.
UBC’s 17-1 record sits second in the conference behind the undefeated Calgary Dinos.
Third-year guard Emma Kary has been a model of consistency for the Pandas.
She’s the team’s leading scorer (17.1 PPG), and she’s scored in double-digits for 13-straight games.
Only twice has Kary not scored in double figures. She scored six points (Nov.3) in a 72-62 loss to Calgary and nine points (Nov.9) in a 69-61 win over Fraser Valley.
For the second time this season, fourth-year guard Ivan Ikomey tied his career-best with seven three-pointers in the Golden Bears 94-80 victory over the Saskatchewan Huskies.
Ikomey led Alberta with 23 points and five rebounds.
Ikomey previously hit seven treys on Nov.30 against Thompson Rivers.
Big Offence vs Stingy D
The UBC Thunderbirds are the top-ranked offence in the Canada West scoring an average of 95.4 points this season, while the Golden Bears rank seventh in the conference at 84.7 points per game.
The Bears have the second-ranked defence in the conference averaging just 72 points per game, while UBC ranks third at 73.5 points per game.
This weekend will mark the first conference series between Alberta and UBC since the 2016-17 season in Vancouver.
The Bears dropped both contests (78-68 and 102-76) on Jan.13-14, while the Pandas split against the T-Birds, losing 71-64 and winning 60-57.
You have to turn the calendar even further back the last time these two schools met at the Saville Community Sports Centre in Edmonton.
The Bears and Pandas faced UBC at home on Nov.14-15, 2014 with the Golden Bears splitting their season series (won 90-65 and lost 89-84), while the Pandas also split (won 71-63, and lost 73-66).