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November 11, 2012, KELOWNA, BC (ISN) – The Heat home opener against the Mount Royal University Cougars was a tightly contested affair that was decided via a free throw with only three seconds left of play. The Cougars snatched the win from the Heat to earn their first victory in the Canada West conference, taking the match 54-53.

Momentary slips in concentration proved fatal for the Heat, leading to Cougar free throw opportunities. The Cougars converted only two of eight free throws in the second half, but the two that were made were in the last three seconds of the game to tie the game and put Mount Royal up by one. Emily Larson and Nikki Golding each made one of two for the win.

“We had some jitters in our first game at home,” commented head coach Heather Semeniuk. “Overall we had lapses in our mental game that lead to too many mistakes, costing the game.”

The Heat’s second year transfer guard Sarah Allison (Surrey, BC) did not disappoint, notching 18 points and three steals. Veteran guard Madison Kaneda (Vernon, BC) dominated the boards with 12 rebounds and added an additional seven points to the Heat tally. Injured captain Roz Huber (5th year, Kelowna, BC) was able to play and grabbed 3 rebounds in 14 minutes.

Third year guard Hilary Annich (St. Albert, AB) had 18 for the Cougars, with four of those baskets from behind the arc. Jordan Anstice led Mount Royal with 13 boards.

With the win the Cougars now move to 1-2 in league play.