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WEEKEND PREVIEW | SPARTANS HOST RIVALS UBC

LANGLEY, British Columbia – The Trinity Western's women's basketball team is on home court this Friday and Saturday for a critical weekend series, with local rivals UBC coming to the Langley Events Centre.

WEEKEND PREVIEW
Friday, Jan. 11 vs. UBC – 6 p.m. (PT)
Saturday, Jan. 12 vs. UBC – 5 p.m. (PT)

THE WEEKEND STORY
THE WEEKEND STORY
• The weekend represents not only a rivalry, but with both teams owning 8-4 records, the series could prove monumental in what will likely be a battle for playoff positioning.
• The Spartans are looking to bounce back after a forgettable 70-60 loss to Winnipeg in their last outing. The loss saw TWU split their weekend series with the Wesmen after opening with a 60-57 win.
• After starting the season with a just three wins from their first five games, UBC has found its rhythm, winning five straight contests by an average of 28 points.
• The two teams split their season series last year at UBC, with the T-Birds winning 69-58 before TWU bounced back to win 75-71 in overtime.
• Last year's win was TWU's first victory over UBC since Nov. 1, 2008.
• TWU is 4-45 all-time against the T-Birds.
• Spartans forward Tessa Ratzlaff (Abbotsford, B.C.) returned to action last weekend after missing the previous four games with an injury and averaged 23 points and nine rebounds over two games.
• Ratzlaff, who was a Canada West First Team All-Star last year, is 4th in CW with 18.9 points per game and 13th in rebounds, with 8.1 per game.
• UBC's Keylyn Filewich leads the Thunderbirds with 17.7 points per game (7th in CW), while averaging 9.9 rebounds per game (5th in CW).
• Maddison Penn, who was a Canada West First Team All-Star last year, is 3rd in CW in rebounds with 10.3 per game, and 10th in points, with 16.9 per game.
• On Friday night, the Spartans will host their annual Shoot for the Cure night as part of the U SPORTS initiative to raise money for the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) and other related local and provincial charities

TRINITY WESTERN SPARTANS (8-4)
U SPORTS ranking: NR
Canada West Pacific Division Standings: 6th (tied)
Last Weekend: vs. Winnipeg (60-57 W, 70-60 L)
Streak: 1 loss
Regular Season Form: L-L-W-W-L

UBC THUNDERBIRDS (8-4)
U SPORTS ranking: NR
Canada West Pacific Standings: 6th (tied)
Last Weekend: vs. UBCO (69-51 W, 87-57 W)
Streak: 5 wins
Regular Season Form: W-W-W-W-W

About TWU
Recognized for quality, TWU has received seven consecutive A+ rankings for Quality of Teaching and Learning, holds three Canada Research Chairs, and wins national championships in CIS sports. More importantly, lives are changed at TWU through its whole-person, Christ-centred approach to education. With a wide array of undergraduate, graduate, and adult degree-completion programs, TWU equips leaders of character and competence to make a positive impact in the lives of others.

About Spartan Athletics
As official members of U SPORTS, the Spartans currently compete in 10 sports in the Canada West conference, including women's and men's soccer, volleyball, basketball, cross country and track & field. TWU also competes in the British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) in men's hockey. Since TWU entered U SPORTS in 1999, the Spartans have won 11 U SPORTS team championships and 25 Canada West team championships.

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