Turnovers mar stellar shooting night as Heat fall to visiting Cascades

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February 2, 2013, Kelowna, BC The UBC Okanagan Heat women’s basketball squad tried to shoot their way to an upset of the visiting No. 4 Fraser Valley Cascades utilizing a strong attack from the three point line.

In the end the Heat could not keep the hot hand from range resulting in a 73-58 loss to the Cascades Friday night in Kelowna.

Despite hanging tough with the top team in the Pacific Division for the first-half, 34-31 UFV at the half, the Cascades forced several turnovers in the 3rd quarter (31 on the night) to make a run that the Heat would not be able to recover from.

Heat coach Heather Semeniuk admitted that turnovers really affected her team down the stretch. “It definitely did, and our ability to score,” she commented postgame. “You’ve got to use the ball longer, better [and] smarter.”

As Semeniuk had suspected already, the game was very physical from tip-off to the 40th minute. “They’re feisty, and they’re a gutsy team,” she continued. “I think our defense kept us in the first half … we made a lot of mental errors and were maybe a little fatigued. But I think we pushed them a lot [also].”

The Heat finished the game going 11-21 from long distance, seven treys in the first half to keep UBC Okanagan within three at the half. Second-year guard Emily Kanester (Vernon, BC) was the Heat Player of the Game, finishing with 12 points, four rebounds and four steals. Sarah Allison (second-year, South Surrey, BC) tied Kanester’s 12 points in the effort, and both girls shot 3-7 each from three-point range.

“We’ve got a lot of guns on our team,” noted Semeniuk in reference to her team’s shooting.

Kanester’s strong legs helped her power a pair of three-pointers from extra deep during her team’s comeback bid. “I know that she can hit those shots,” Semeniuk remarked of her sophomore. “I have no problem in a game like that for her to try and get us back in.”

Fifth-year Roslyn Huber remains 10 points away from the school’s career scoring record after posting seven points and seven rebounds. Jenna Kantz’s mark is at 862 points – Huber currently has 853.

Third-year forward Sarah Wierks recorded a double-double 10 points and 15 rebounds for UFV in the victory. Alongside Wierks, teammate and fourth-year forward Nicole Wierks led all scorers with 18 points. Fourth-year guard Aiesha Luyken was an efficient point for the Cascades, recording 14 points, four steals and three assists while turning the ball over only once.

The Heat are now 5-13 while the Cascades pad their Pacific division-leading record to 14-3. Both teams will see each other again tomorrow night for the second of back-to-back. Tip-off is at 5 p.m. in the UBC Okanagan gymnasium.

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