Heat drop two games in Kamloops during preseason

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October 13, 2013, KAMLOOPS, B.C. – A trip to Kamloops and two games before Turkey Day provided some preseason action for the UBC Okanagan Heat women’s basketball team, on Friday the Heat fell to the host WolfPack (79-55) and on Saturday the Heat were unable to hold off the Timberwolves (63-61) and go 0-2 in the round robin.

Friday, October 11, 2013

SCHEDULE & RESULTS:  http://www.ubc.ca/okanagan/athletics/womensbasketball/results.html 

BOX SCOREhttp://goheat.ca/Bball13-14/wb101113.htm 

Thompson Rivers, Kamloops, BC

Score by Periods1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total

UBC Okanagan……………… 12     9     7     27 – 55

Thompson Rivers…………… 17    12    25   25 – 79

An offensive drought that lasted through the second and third quarter, proved to be the undoing of UBC Okanagan as they fell 79-55 versus a strong Thompson Rivers team that has been in the Canada West playoffs each of the last two years.

Shooting under 30-percent for the game and uncharacteristically missing shots from the charity stripe (15-30, 50%) was no help to the young Heat team that received scoring from all but two players on the roster. Third year Sarah Allison (Guard, South Surrey, BC) led the team with nine points equalled by rookie point guard Claire Elliott (N. Vancouver, BC), who also hauled in six rebounds. Another guard, Jessica Jazdarehee led the team with seven rebounds; she added eight points in just 16 minutes of play.

The Heat had trouble slowing down Thompson River’s 6-foot 2 post, Kassie Colonna, who finished with a game-high 23 points and six rebounds. Guard Rae-Maryse Laljee led the ‘Pack with nine boards, four on the offensive end.

Both teams hit the gas in the fourth quarter as UBC Okanagan won the final frame 27-25. Turnovers plagued both squads as UBC Okanagan and TRU coughed up the ball 28 times each over the four quarters. TRU, however, managed 29 points off of those turnovers, while the Heat only put in 19.

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Saturday, October 12, 2013

SCHEDULE & RESULTShttp://www.ubc.ca/okanagan/athletics/womensbasketball/results.html 

BOX SCOREhttp://goheat.ca/Bball13-14/wb101213.htm 

Thompson Rivers, Kamloops, BC

Score by Periods        1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total

UNBC…………………….. 17   16   14   16 – 63

UBC Okanagan……….. 14   16   21   10 – 61

The Timberwolves’ Mercedes Van Koughnett came up clutch to seal away the Heat in the final minutes of play as the Heat fell 63-61 to UNBC in Kamloops.

Poor interior defense would plague the Heat, particularly in the fourth quarter as the Wolves chalked up 36 points in the paint, 12 of which were second-chances. UNBC’s Emily Kaehn beat up the Heat’s front line, gobbling a game-high 12 rebounds as her team outworked the Heat on the glass 52-32.

The Heat, however, proved pesky on the perimeter as they forced 36 UNBC turnovers and turned those into 30 points on the other end. Sarah Allison (3rd year, South Surrey, BC) led the Heat in scoring with 15 points, and also contributed 3 assists and 5 steals, helping her team get out on the break.

Heat coach Heather Semeniuk was not shy in leaning on her bench players, who came out ready and outscored the Timberwolves’ bench 24-11. The Heat did not shoot very well from the perimeter, however, as they shot an uncharacteristic 59% from the line.

The Heat are back on the road for their last weekend of exhibition action October 25 and 26 when they will take on the University of Fraser Valley Cascades and the Trinity Western Spartans, respectively.

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