November 25, 2012, KELOWNA, BC (ISN) – With Kystal Schouten (3rd year, Winnipeg, MB) in an offensive groove early, and the game tied 36-36 at the half, the Heat looked as if they would upset the third ranked Regina Cougars Saturday night in women’s basketball action.
However a 22-9 third quarter for the Cougars behind the scoring touch of Michelle Clark (4th year, Westlake Village, CA) and Brittany Read (Regina, SK) woke the sleeping beast of Regina, as the Cougars proved why they are the third ranked team in the nation with a 76-64 victory.
“I’m just pleased with the effort and heart we showed tonight,” said head coach Heather Semeniuk following the game. “We’ve always enjoyed good challenges.”
13 points by Schouten in the first half, accompanied by 5 from Roslyn Huber and 9 from Sarah Allison had the Heat firing on all cylinders. Quick ball movement opened up the Cougar defense, allowing the Heat to exploit a stretched Cougar defense. The Heat were able to hold Regina to 40% shooting in the half as well.
Coach Semeniuk attributed the quality first half to “a combo of hearty defense and a little luck”, commenting on a few open shots that were missed by Regina throughout the two frames.
However, veterans Brittany Read and Michelle Clark were not going to let their team go down without a fight. Clark knocked down 9 points in the half, while Read accounted for 8 as the Cougars escaped Kelowna with the win.
“To win two quarters against them is something exciting for us, despite the result,” finished Semeniuk.