ABBOTSFORD, BC – The University of the Fraser Valley Cascades defeated the UBC Okanagan Heat, 71-50, to improve their Canada West conference record to 4-2. The Cascades will now go on the road to Saskatchewan and Alberta before breaking for exams. The Heat’s record falls to 0-4 on the season after back to back weekends on the road.
Tonight’s game was closer than Friday’s; UFV established a quick lead but the Heat kept fighting their way back into the contest. The Cascades led by nine points after the first quarter and by 10 points at the half. In the second half, UFV continued to build on their lead and finished strong by holding the Heat to six points in the final quarter. UFV’s defense has now held their opponents to under 10 points in five quarters in the past four games.
“I thought that we came out way better tonight,” said UBC Okanagan head coach Heather Semeniuk. “I really thought the girls played well.”
The Heat were as close as five points with just under two minutes left to play in the first half. “We just had little lapses. We simply have too many people out.”
Fourth year posts Audrey Siebert–Timmer (Calgary, AB) and Roz Huber (Kelowna, BC) both fouled out with five minutes left in the game; Roz played only 17 minutes total. The Heat were already down two players in guards Emily Kanester (1st year, Vernon, BC) as she tried to play on her bad shin, and Angela White (2nd year, N. Vancouver, BC) did not dress.
The Cascades were led by Tessa Klassen (Winnipeg, MB) with a game high 19 point performance, while Nicole Wierks (Chilliwack, BC) added 13 points. 11 different Cascades scored at least two points in the victory. Sarah Wierks (Chilliwack, BC) pulled down 11 total rebounds to lead all Cascades as they out rebounded the Heat, 44 to 37 for the game.
The Heat were led by two fourth year players, guard Madison Kaneda (Guard, Vernon, BC) with 11 points, while the only other Heat in double figures was Roslyn Huber with 10 points. Post Krystal Schouten (2nd year, Winnipeg, MB) led all Heat players with 11 total rebounds.
“We had some really good minutes from Krystal Schouten tonight,” noted Semeniuk, “even though she only had four points, she had 11 rebounds and really started to box out and play that more physical game inside that we need. She was a real presence out there, it was nice to see. Ashley Briker (3rd year, West Kelowna, BC) had a really good game yesterday and a really good first half tonight.” For tonight’s game Briker had four steals, four points and four rebounds.
“I’m happy with the effort,” continued Semeniuk. “They didn’t quit, and they just keep playing hard.
The Cascades scored 10 points less [tonight as opposed to Friday] so defensively we did some things right. We focused on rebounding, we boxed out better; we did some things better that I felt good about.”
After back to back weekends on the road the Heat finally have a chance to play on their home court. This weekend will be the CIS home opener for the UBC Okanagan Heat women’s basketball team as they host the top team in the nation, the University of Regina Cougars. Tipoff is at 6 p.m. Friday Nov. 25.
On Saturday night at UBC’s Okanagan campus the Heat will host the University of Brandon Bobcats. The action will get underway at 6 p.m. Nov. 26.
– With notes from Dave Kent (Sports Information, UFV Cascades athletics)
HEAT NOTES: Emily Kanester was only able to play 3 minutes after her shin injury in Friday night’s game. The Heat, after being outrebounded by the Cascades 45-28 on Friday night, cut that tonight to 7 rebounds 44-37. Turnovers continue to plague the Heat as they turned the ball over 29 times, leading 27 UFV points. 6-8 turnovers were travelling calls according to coach Semeniuk.