KELOWNA, B.C. – The Women’s team on Friday night (Jan. 20) will face the University of Saskatchewan Huskies.
The No. 4 ranked Huskies have won their last two, beating Calgary twice on the road and now sit at 7-4. The Heat and the Huskies will play Friday night at 4:15 p.m. PST at the Physical Activity Complex on the campus of the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Sask. On Saturday the Heat will check out the University of Alberta’s new Saville Community Centre when they play the No. 5 ranked University of Alberta Pandas. The Pandas have won three in a row and are 9-3 overall after completing a sweep of Lethbridge last weekend. Tipoff time Saturday (Jan 21) is 5 p.m. PST.
Friday, January 20 – The UBC Okanagan Heat at the University of Saskatchewan Huskies (4:15 p.m. PST at the Physical Activity Complex (PAC), University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon Sask.)
Saturday, January 21 – The UBC Okanagan Heat at the University of Alberta Pandas (5 p.m. PST at the Saville Community Centre, Edmonton, AB.)
Both games will be streamed with live video: www.canadawest.tv
CIS National Ranking: N/A
CanWest Standings: 6th in the Pacific division
Last Week: 0-2; Fri 73-69 loss to TWU, Sat 63-50 loss to TWU
Streak: 3 losses
2011 CanWest Record: N/A
2011 CanWest Championship: N/A
2011 CIS Tournament: N/A
Last CanWest Title: N/A
Last CIS Title: N/A
Weekend in Review: The Heat lost twice to the Trinity Western Spartans. Friday they almost completed the comeback but fell just short, 73-69. Saturday the Heat had nothing left and were never really in the game, losing 63-50.
Coach Heather Semeniuk on Saturday’s loss and lack of offense: “I was disappointed Saturday only scoring 50 points, but we did not execute well. The girls recognized we did not play a team offensive game. We hung onto the ball too long; we were dribbling way too much in that game.”
On the offensive glass: Although the Heat boasts a smaller lineup than almost every one of their opponents it hasn’t stopped them from grabbing offensive rebounds. The Heat sit 5th in the league, averaging 15 offensive boards per game.
Why not shoot the three: UBC Okanagan shoot the three ball almost at the same success rate as two point shoot. .317 from three compared to .368 from two. Two players shoot it with over 40 percent success (Roz Huber – 40%, Whitney Hamilton – 45.5%); Madison Kaneda is at 39.4%.
Saskatchewan or Alberta: “Both teams rank in the top five. I would say we match up better with Saskatchewan than we would with Alberta,” says Semeniuk, “but they’re both very strong in so many areas. They’ve got the bigs, they’ve got the quick guards, they’ve got shooters, they’ve got the drivers… They’re like Trinity. Trinity has all the parts. And we are deficient in areas. And our defense leaves a little to be desired at times.”
SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (7-4)
CIS National Ranking: No. 4
CanWest Standings: 3rd in the Prairie division
Last Week: 2-0; Fri 78-72 win over UC, Sat 80-72 win over UC
Streak: 2 wins
2011 CanWest Record: 22-2 (1st)
2011 playoffs: 6-1 (CW gold, CIS silver)
Last CanWest Title: 2011
Last CIS Title: N/A
Who have they beaten: The Huskies have lost to No. 1 Regina, twice to Alberta in Edmonton and to UBC in Vancouver; all top five teams. They have beaten Calgary twice, Lethbridge twice and these Pacific division teams once: UFV, TWU, and UVIC.
Home court advantage: The Huskies are 4-0 at the PAC on the season and 3-4 on the road.
Captain of the ship: Two-time CIS Defensive Player of the Year Miyazaki leads the Huskies, and sits fourth in conference scoring, with 17.2 points per game and averages 7.5 rebounds per game. This fifth-year guard, a Richmond, BC native, led the way this past weekend for the Huskies, combining for 40 points and 21 rebounds over the weekend.