Two road games upcoming for the Heat versus the Cascades

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Cary Mellon

KELOWNA, B.C. – The women’s basketball team will enter the second weekend of league play with a trip to the lower mainland to play the University of Fraser Valley Cascades at the Envision Athletic Centre in Abbotsford, BC. Friday night the tipoff is set for 6 p.m. and Saturday the game will start an hour earlier at 5 p.m. The Heat lost both of their games on the road and come into the match winless at 0-2, the Cascades hosted Manitoba and Winnipeg last weekend, winning both and sit at 2-2 for the year.

GAME TIMES

Friday, November 18 – UBC Okanagan Heat at the University of the Fraser Valley Cascades (6 p.m. PST in the Envision Athletics Centre, Abbotsford, BC)

Saturday, November 19 – UBC Okanagan Heat at the University of the Fraser Valley Cascades (5 p.m. PST in the Envision Athletics Centre, Abbotsford, BC)

Both games will be streamed with live video: www.canadawest.tv

HEAT (0-2)

CIS National Ranking: N/A

CanWest Standings: 6th in the Pacific

Last Week: 0-2; Fri 81-68 loss to UL, Sat 81-54 loss to UC

Streak: 2 losses

2010-11 CanWest Record: N/A

2011 CanWest Championship: N/A

2011 CIS Tournament: N/A

Last CanWest Title: N/A

Last CIS Title: N/A

Full Schedule / Roster

The Heat face the Cascades in their second preseason game of the season in late September. UFV won that matchup 71-36, but most players on the Heat felt that loss was a good lesson in the level of play needed to compete in this league.

That lesson is still happening at this point into the season as assistant coach Marc Semeniuk says, “I think it’s been a process for us to understand the level of play we need to meet this year.”

Not only the level of play needed is bigger so are the gym’s they are playing in. “The girls haven’t played in these environments yet,” points out Semeniuk. “We go into these big, nice, new gyms and they’re like ‘woah’. It’s a little bit nerve racking, but they’ve responded pretty well.”

Fourth year guard Madison Kaneda (Vernon, BC) also comments on the team’s growth over the first league weekend saying: “We took a big step I think. I think we’re going in the right direction and getting better every day. It’s always tough travelling on the road and going to a new gym.”

Looking ahead to the upcoming matchup against UFV Kaneda had this to say, “we do have previous experience with them … We know they’re a physical, big team, we know they can shoot the three.”

Keirsten Shulhan (3rd year, post, Victoria, BC) looks forward to playing in a familiar gym “We’ve been in their gym before, we’ve played them before. I think the first nervousness is over and it will be a completely different game this weekend. We’ll take it to them.”

Semeniuk thinks that the matchup with UFV will be different this time around noting how UFV played in their September matchup:

“They were tough, a very physical team. We took a lot from that game … and our girls are ready to battle them again.”

“Like every team there are new things we need to look at,” he continues, “how we’re going to best matchup against their team. Every team there are a couple of players we need to focus on, and not let them get going in a game, and I think it comes down to a desire on defense. As a team we need to focus on that.”

The Cascades came into this season as a team that will shoot the three and shoot it well, so far that isn’t the case as the Cascades are shooting 18.2% or 14-77 from beyond the arc in their four games. In spite of that the team is still averaging 68 points a game and have four players averaging over 10 points a game. The four are: Nicole Weirks (3rd year forward, Chilliwack, BC), Kayli Sartori (1st year, forward, Chilliwack, BC), Aieisha Luyken (3rd year, guard, Mission, BC), Tessa Klassen (5th year, guard, Winnipeg, MB).

The Heat have been very efficient from the three point line, in their two games do far they have hit 13-33 which is actually better than they are shooting from the field so far, 39.4% to 33.9% or 41-121 from the field. Fourth year post Roz Huber (Kelowna, BC) leads the Heat in scoring at 14 points a game, freshman Emily Kanester (Guard, Vernon, BC) sits second with 12.5 points a game.

FRASER VALLEY CASCADES (2-2)

CIS National Ranking: N/A

CanWest Standings: 1st tied in the Pacific

Last Week: 2-0; Fri 75-33 win over UM, Sat 75-51 win over UW

Streak: 2 wins

2010-11 CanWest Record: 12-12 (7th)

2011 CanWest Championship: 2-2

Last CanWest Title: N/A

Last CIS Title: N/A

Full Schedule / Roster

Some more info from CanadaWest.org:

FRASER VALLEY CASCADES

Key additions: Kayli Santori, Jaslyen Singh

Key returnees: Sarah Wierks, Nicole Wierks, Aieshia Luyken, Tessa Klassen

Key departure: Alyssa Gaukel

ABBOTSFORD, BC – As Coach Al Tuchscherer enters his tenth season at the helm of the UFV Cascades, the team is poised to compete for the Pacific Division title within Canada West.

Led by a very talented core of veterans Aieisha Luyken Nicole Wierks and Tessa Klassen the Cascades are deep and have played together for a least one CIS year. Add second-year forward Sarah Wierks, who was named to the CIS All-Rookie team to the mix and UFV is going to give visitors to the Envision Athletic Centre a major challenge all winter.

Coach Tuchscherer is also pleased to introduce first year players Kayli Santori and Jaslyen Singh to the team. They will make a difference in their first year at UFV playing in Canada West.

http://www.ufv.ca/athletics

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