Hometown Heat drop a nail biter to Calgary

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January 12, 2013, KELOWNA, BC (ISN) – The Heat had a chance to take the No. 7 ranked Calgary Dinos to overtime Friday night but Sarah Allison’s long three point shot was not true to the mark as the Heat women’s basketball squad dropped a heartbreaker 74-71.

The Dinos trailed for much of the game but the top team in the Prairie Division fought back from a twelve point deficit to secure victory in the closing minute of the game.

Both teams ran an up-tempo, aggressive game against the other, with nearly every other play becoming a scramble for a loose ball or gritting away for a second chance in the paint. Turnovers were aplenty for both teams, including several offensive fouls against the Dinos, including a couple that got Dinos starter Tamarra Jarrett into foul trouble in the 2nd quarter.

The Heat recorded a game high 16 steals, with four players recording four each. Player of the Game Sarah Allison poured in a game high 24 points for the Heat for the outing. Both Roslyn Huber and Emily Kanester fouled out midway through the 4th quarter, but not before contributing 10 rebounds and 3 steals and 11 points and 2 steals, respectively.

The Dinos, a team known for their staunch defense and their full court press in particular, could not find ways to confound a stubborn Heat team for the first three quarters of the game. Their zone press was consistently navigated and passed out of by the Heat, who were able to get into the paint for a bucket or a foul. But come the fourth quarter, the Dinos switched to a man-to-man press that caused a lot of problems for the Heat.

“I think we got a little bit tentative,” said Heat coach Heather Semeniuk after the game, “and then maybe just a little bit panicky and not looking to execute and instead going through the motions of passing and reversing the ball … without really having an intention of attacking. I think everyone thought ‘If I take the shot and I miss, then its defense again.'”

Still, coach Semeniuk was very happy with the way her team played with tenacity and a lot of energy tonight. “I always say ‘It all comes down to desire and work ethic,'” Heather finishes commenting.

The Calgary bench outperformed the Heat 34 points to 11, which proved crucial down the stretch with Kanester and Huber both out in the waning minutes of the game. Megan Schaufle led the Dinos with 15 points. Though the Dinos only had 7 steals, they still scored 21 points off of turnovers for the night.

The Heat now fall to 4-8 while the Dinos improve to 10-1. Tomorrow night the Heat host the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns with tipoff at 5pm. The Dinos will head north to visit the Thomson Rivers WolfPack in Kamloops.

Score by Periods

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Total

 

University of Calgary 

16

17

17

24

74

Record: (10-1)

UBC Okanagan 

16

15

28

12

71

Record: (4-8)

Heat Notes: Second year Heat guard Sarah Allison is a transfer from Calgary, who came to UBC Okanagan a year ago, was a red shirt last season and now starts for the Heat … On her former team: “I know about four or five of the girls, but most of them are fifth years now. I actually went to high school with Jessica Franz, so I didn’t play with her in Calgary but I knew her there.” … Franz and Allison won a provincial championship in high school together while playing for Elgin Park … Franz is a familiar foe for the Heat, as she played for the Capilano Blues in the BCCAA before transferring to the Dinos.

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