No. 1 Regina drop Heat in home opener

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Cary Mellon

KELOWNA, B.C. – The University of Regina Cougars defeated the UBC Okanagan Heat, 91-66, at the UBC Okanagan gymnasium to take this season’s winning streak to 6-0.

The Heat played their first home game of their CIS career tonight against the nation’s top team and fell to 0-5 in conference play.

 

The Cougars were off to a quick double-digit lead but the Heat closed it in to take the first quarter just nine points down, 26-15. The Cougars took off in the second quarter, leaving the Heat in the dust with a 17-point streak to end the quarter leading 49-29. The second half saw play remain in the Heat zone, with the Cougars taking the third quarter by 24 points, 47-71. With a 30-point lead early in the fourth quarter, they went on to win their sixth straight game by 25 points.

“I thought the girls did pretty good tonight considering the competition,” commented Heat head coach Heather Semeniuk. “I’m pretty happy with the way they played. It was nice to get 66 points!”

Third-year guard and graduate student Michelle Clark (Westlake Village, CA) led her team with 14 points and 27 minutes of play time. Five other Cougars were also in double figures behind Clark, including fourth-year former NCAA guard Joanna Zalesiak (Gorzow Wielkopolski, Poland) with 10 points and fourth-year Lindsay Ledingham, who contributed 12 points to the team effort.

“We still need to box out better,” said Semeniuk. “Obviously you’re not going to make all your shots, but you need to be thinking about those second chances and you need to keep giving it to them across the boards defensively so you can increase your possession.”

The Heat were led by fourth-year Madison Kaneda (Vernon, BC) with a game high 15 points and 29 minutes of court time. Second-year Krystal Schouten (Winnipeg, MB) and fourth-year Roslyn Huber (Kelowna, BC) also made it into the double digits with 10 points each.

“Brandon is a new, fairly young team and they don’t have a win yet, so they’re going to come into our gym and they’re probably going to look at us and say ‘you haven’t got a win, we haven’t got a win so here we go, head to head,'” commented Semeniuk. “We just need to play our game and play hard. I think we have been scoring better than they have in the records so far and I think that that is an area we need to execute and use against them.”

The UBC Okanagan Heat play another home game tomorrow night against the University of Brandon at 6 p.m., this will be their final game before the winter semester break.

HEAT NOTES: UBC Okanagan won the turnover battle only turning the ball over 14 times compared to Regina’s 18. First year guard Tia Sadler (Golden, BC) had 5 points in just 7 minutes of game time. The Heat will play the winless Bobcats (0-7) on Saturday. TRU defeated the Bobcats 114-58 Friday night in Kamloops.

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