Maybe the UNBC Timberwolves women’s basketball team should play in front of a raucous crowd more often.

On a day that over 1,500 elementary school kids from Prince George filed into the Northern Sport Centre, the Timberwolves put on a show defeating the MacEwan Griffins 84-63 on Friday.

After a relatively close first quarter where UNBC had a 17-12 advantage, the T-Wolves pulled away from the struggling Griffins in the second quarter outscoring the visitors by a 26-12 margin.

The victory was the Timberwolves seventh straight as they improve to 10-9 on the season.

Maria Mongomo (21 points and 14 rebounds) and Emma vanBruinessen (20 points and 12 rebounds) recorded double-doubles for UNBC.

Not to be outdone, reigning Canada West women’s First Star Madison Landry also had 20 points.

The fourth-year product out of Duchess Park soaked in the entire experience.

“It was amazing, even lining up for the anthem, and everyone was singing,”

“The whole crowd went crazy, so it was so awesome having them there. It was really cute, and we really appreciated it,” added Landry.

Landry also marvelled at another solid outing from vanBruinessen who continues to be a monster at both ends of the court.

“She has been so key at both ends of the floor.”

“Without her, it would be next to impossible. The last few games she has found a way to score, and she has been huge for our team.”

The lone bright spot for MacEwan was Mackenzie Farmer who put up 16 points and 7 rebounds in a losing effort for the 2-17 Griffins.

“It was a little bit frustrating, but I thought they outworked us in the first half,”

“We responded well, at times, but we were on our back foot. They took advantage,” said Farmer.

UNBC is tied for 8th spot in the conference with the Lethbridge Pronghorns who defeated the Thompson Rivers Wolfpack on Friday night.

On the men’s side, it was a glass half-full, glass half-empty scenario.

While the Timberwolves coasted to an 89-72 win over the Griffins, UNBC was eliminated from playoff contention as the Brandon Bobcats upset the Manitoba Bisons to clinch the 12th and final spot.

Tyrell Laing was once again the top-scorer for the T-Wolves (5-14) with 21 points, including a 5-for-7 showing from three-point range.

Laing told post-game, the team’s approach to the game didn’t differ.

“It wasn’t a different game, in terms of preparation for us,”

“We have wanted every game this year. We understood what was at stake, so we wanted to come out and compete.”

Vova Pluzhnikov re-discovered his offensive touch recording 16 points and six rebounds.

Fareed Shittu, Anthony Hokanson and Saymon Loki also chipped in with 12 points each.

Both varsity teams wrap up the regular season against MacEwan at 5:00 and 7:00pm from the NSC.