okanagan heat

November 24, 2012, KELOWNA, BC (ISN)  – The UBC Okanagan Heat win their second straight contest, and have won three of their last four, using a balanced attack to defeat the Brandon Bobcats by an even dozen, 68-56, Friday night in Kelowna.

The Heat opened up a double digit lead nine minutes into the game, and never allowed Brandon within single digits for the rest of the game.  The largest lead for UBC Okanagan was 25 with 1:55 left in the third quarter.

Second year guard Sarah Allison (Surrey, BC), upped her season average of 16 ppg as she poured in 19 Friday for the Heat – she was the only UBC Okanagan player with more than eight points. Fellow sophomore guard, Emily Kanester (Vernon, BC), had five rebounds, four steals and seven points for the Heat.

“We played three good quarters of basketball,” commented Heat Coach Heather Semeniuk. “We need to work on keeping a consistent game.” The Heat led by as many as 24 going into the fourth, but sloppy play allowed Brandon to win the fourth quarter, out-scoring the Heat 22 to 10 in the final ten minutes.

The Heat shot an impressive 80.0% (12-15) from the free throw line in the game, and are now ranked number one in Canada for free throws with an 81% (132-163) average. Kanester was 3-3 tonight, and has made her last 18 shots from the charity stripe.

The Heat used full-court ball pressure to create good offensive chances and were able to take 31 points from the Bobcats off of their turnovers. The battle of the boards was won in the game by the larger Brandon squad as the Bobcats out-rebounded the Heat 44 to 25.

“We can’t allow those second chances,” points out Semeniuk. “It’s something we need to focus on for tomorrow.”

The Bobcats second year forward, Aimee Johnston (Brandon, MB) had a team high of 14 points. Third year guard, Carrear Lamoureux (Winnipeg, MB) had a game high of 12 rebounds and contributed 10 points to her team’s efforts.

The Heat are now 3-4 in league play and the Bobcats drop to 0-7. The Heat will battle another Prairie ‘Cat on Saturday night as they try to de-claw the No. 3 University of Regina Cougars, tip-off at 5 p.m.