UNBC taking Canada West playoff trail to Calgary

T-wolves begin best-of-three quarterfinal series Friday against Dinos

The UNBC Timberwolves thought they might be traveling to Saskatoon to play the Saskatchewan Huskies in their next Canada West women’s basketball playoff test.
Instead they’re going to Calgary for a date with the Dinos.
The 12th-ranked Winnipeg Wesmen made that official Saturday afternoon in Vancouver where they upset the heavily-favoured fifth-ranked UBC Thunderbirds 76-64 in a sudden-death playoff.
That means the T-wolves, the second lowest remaining seed of the eight teams still in the hunt for the Canada West title, will play the second-ranked University of Calgary Dinos in a best-of-three quarterfinal series which starts Friday in Calgary.
Coming off an 80-78 playoff win over the Trinity Western University Spartans Friday in Langley, the  T-wolves finished the regular season with an 11-9 record and are ranked ninth in the league with a Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) of .525.
The index, adopted by Canada West two years ago when the league switched to an unbalanced regular-season schedule, is an indicator of the strength of each of the 12 playoff teams’ regular-season opponents and it determines the postseason seedings.
Saskatchewan finished the regular season with a 16-4 record, slightly worse than Calgary (17-3), but the Huskies’ RPI (.646) is slightly better than that of the Dinos (.642). Winnipeg (8-12, .473 RPI) ranked 12th and is the lowest remaining seed.
The T-wolves-Dinos series gets underway Friday at 5 p.m. PT with Game 2 on Saturday at 5.
If a third game is needed it would be played Sunday (noon PT start).
The teams did not play each other in the 20-game regular season.

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