CALGARY, AB – The Calgary Dinos shot out to a 23-5 lead after the first quarter, then held on the rest of the way to post an 81-54 win over the UBC Okanagan Heat Saturday night at the Jack Simpson Gym.
Calgary improves to 4-0 on the season with the victory, while UBC Okanagan returns home following its first-ever Canada West road trip with an 0-2 record.
Led in an impressive effort by fifth-year guard Megan Lang, the Dinos took it to the Heat in the opening quarter, outscoring the visitors by 18 points. UBC Okanagan fought back to make the rest of the game much tighter, however, holding the Dinos to just 15 points in the second quarter and keeping it within 10 points in the final 30 minutes.
“They are good, very good,” said UBC Okanagan bench boss Heather Semeniuk, “and they are athletic and quite agile. They are very aggressive and with that press, we turned the ball over 35 times. It wasn’t all because of the press it was also because of our passes – we made bad decisions after we broke the press.”
“I thought for the first time all season we came out hard and started well tonight,” said Dinos head coach Shawnee Harle. “We had a chance to play everyone again tonight, and we still have two kids playing out of position because of injuries so we don’t always have our perfect lineup on the floor. But you have to give UBC Okanagan a lot of credit – they could have easily thrown in the towel after the first quarter, but I thought they battled their butts off for the entire 40 minutes.”
“We had a real slow start but it actually went well,” said Semeniuk. “I wasn’t disappointed, we competed.”
Lang had a game-high 17 points in the win for the Dinos, with 11 of those coming in the first half. She was joined by Jenna Kaye and Tamara Jarrett in double digits with 15 and 14, respectively. Calgary rolled 10 players on the floor for the whole night, with nobody playing more than Jarrett’s 28 minutes and no one less than 10.
The Dinos shot an impressive 53.3 per cent from three-point range on a night where both teams shot better from the perimeter than from the field as a whole. All five of Lang’s field goals were from beyond the arc, while Kaye was an impressive 7-for-12.
The Heat got a solid performance off the bench from rookie Emily Kanester (Guard, Vernon, BC), who put up 15 points in 27 minutes – though she did turn the ball over 10 times. Point Ashley Briker (3rd year, West Kelowna, BC) added a dozen and fourth year post Roslyn Huber (Kelowna, BC) pitched in with 10 points for the Heat.
“Kanester came up with 15 again. She is coming up against a fifth year and a fourth year guard and she could have had 20,” Semeniuk added with a laugh. “Those were deep threes that she shot.”
“There aren’t very many easy games in Canada West, and I just love the battle that (the Heat) put up tonight,” said Harle. “That’s going to help prepare us for next week, and that’s what we need.”
“The team is not down – they don’t get down – they never stopped working and they never quit,” stated Semeniuk.
“Overall we managed to score some decent points both nights. I really see the girls having breakthroughs and learning experiences out there.”
The Dinos face their toughest test of the young season next weekend when they head to Regina to face the No. 1-ranked Cougars for a two-game series. The Heat heads to the B.C. Lower Mainland next weekend for a two-game set with the Fraser Valley Cascades. Heat games will be Nov. 18-19 at 6 p.m. at the Envision Athletics Centre.
– With notes from Ben Matchett (Assistant Athletic Director, Operations & Communications Dinos Athletics & Recreation)
HEAT NOTES: Fourth year guard Madison Kaneda (Vernon, BC) was slowed with an injury in each game this weekend. The Heat shot 9-22 from the three point line as a team, many were deep threes as Calgary has FIBA lines on their court and the team was shooting behind the far (Men’s) line. The FIBA lined also include the charge circle and wide key. The Heat lost the 1st quarter 23-5, by 18. The Heat scored more points (23) in the 4th than they did in the first half.