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SPARTANS HOST UNBC IN CANADA WEST PLAY-IN GAME

LANGLEY, B.C. – The Trinity Western Spartans women's basketball team will host the UNBC Timberwolves in a must-win playoff game Friday night (7 p.m.) at the Langley Events Centre.

WEEKEND PREVIEW
Friday, Feb. 8 vs. UNBC – 7 p.m. (PT)

THE WEEKEND STORY
• Friday's single-game elimination Canada West Play-In contest will see the winner go on to play one of Saskatchewan, Alberta, Calgary or Regina – who all have a bye this weekend – depending on the seeds of the remaining teams.
• The Spartans (12-8) enter the CW playoffs as the 8th seed and are coming off a two-game sweep of UFV last weekend (57-51 and 75-57).
• The Timberwolves (11-9) come in as the 9th seed, after splitting games last weekend against Lethbridge (L 77-71, W 79-76).
• UNBC comes to town with three of the top eight scorers in Canada West this season, with Maria Mongomo (19.9 points per game), Madison Landry (17.6) and Vasiliki Louka (17.3).
Tessa Ratzlaff (Abbotsford, B.C.) led TWU in points this season, averaging 16.8 points per game.
• TWU last played UNBC earlier this year (Nov. 16-17) with the Spartans dropping both games on the road (78-77 and 83-54). However, TWU played both contests without Ratzlaff, who was sidelined with an injury at the time.
• This weekend's game marks the third straight year TWU has hosted a playoff game.
• Last year, TWU hosted Alberta in the Canada West Quarter-Finals, winning the best-of-three series in two games. The year before, in 2016-17, TWU beat Brandon in a best-of-three Canada West Play-In series which the Spartans needed three games to win. It was also the first time TWU had ever hosted a women's basketball playoff game.

TRINITY WESTERN SPARTANS (12-8)
U SPORTS ranking: NR
Canada West Standings: 8th
Last Weekend: @ UFV (W 57-51) vs. UFV (W 75-57)
Streak: 2 Wins
Regular Season Form: W-L-L-W-W

UNBC TIMBERWOLVES (11-9)
U SPORTS ranking: NR
Canada West Standings: 9th
Last Weekend: vs. Lethbridge (L 77-71) (W 79-76)
Streak: 1 Win
Regular Season Form: L-W-L-L-W

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