Women’s basketball splits final weekend of preseason

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October 28, 2013, Fraser Valley (ISN) – The UBC Okanagan Heat women’s team travelled to the Fraser Valley for its final preseason action of 2013-14, sparring with the University of Fraser Valley Cascades Friday afternoon and then the Trinity Western Spartans Saturday afternoon. The Heat would split the two games falling to the Cascades 72-56 on Friday, and slaying the Spartans 73-66 on Saturday.

Friday, October 25, 2013 

Envision Centre, Abbotsford, BC

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

BOX SCOREhttp://goheat.ca/Bball13-14/wb102513.htm 

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

UBC Okanagan……………… 8        8        21       19   –    56

Fraser Valley………………… 19    15        27       11   –    72

ABBOTSFORD, B.C. – The UBC Okanagan Heat women’s basketball team were matched up with a formidable Cascades squad Friday afternoon, and the Heat struggled to keep up with a high-octane Fraser Valley offense that ran away to a 72-56 loss for the Heat.

Heat head coach Heather Semeniuk opted to the spread the floor time around her squad, with six players running 20 minutes-plus and nine players in double-digit minutes. Second-year guard Jessica Jazdarehee (Coquitlam, BC) was most efficient in that time, scoring a team-high 12 points on 5-8 shooting, while also contributing 3 assists and steals in her 22 minutes of play.

The Heat, always focusing on their free throws, outdid their counterparts at the line, shooting 78.9% to UFV’s 68.8%.

Fraser Valley rode the strength of their long range shooting to the victory, potting 9-18 from long distance; compared to just 3-17 for the Heat. The Cascades’ Courtney Bartel was extremely effective beyond the arc going 4-5 from three. UBC Okanagan’s bench outscored the Fraser Valley reserves 30-28.

Saturday, October 26, 2013 

Langley Events Centre, Langley, BC

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

BOX SCOREhttp://twu.ca/athletics/womens-basketball/schedule-and-scores/2013-14/2013-10-26.html 

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

UBC Okanagan……………… 18     16     18      21  –  73

Trinity Western……………… 19      9      21     17   –  66

LANGLEY, BC – The Heat bounced back from their loss the day before to run away to a 73-66 victory at the Langley Events Centre Saturday afternoon over the host Trinity Western Spartans.

This was the first preseason win in five tries for the Heat, and they head into the upcoming Canada West season on a good note.

“I was really pleased with the progression with the team in our exhibition games this fall,” head coach Heather Semeniuk noted when after Saturday’s win. “The team got better each time on the floor, from the game in September versus UBC through our win Saturday over Trinity.”

The Heat’s conference schedule opens its regular season at home next weekend (Nov 1-2) against perennial powerhouses in the Alberta Pandas and the Saskatchewan Huskies. Tip-off for both games is at 6 p.m. in the UBC’s Okanagan campus gymnasium.

Second year guard Jessica Jazarehee let the game come to her on Saturday and was rewarded in her patience to a tune of a team high 17 points and eight rebounds all earned in 24 minutes off the bench from the guard position.

The rest of the scoring was equally distributed amongst nine other players that scored between three and nine.

The play of three rookies highlighted the win, as Julia Reichert, Olivia Johnson (Guard, Kelowna, BC), and Claire Elliott (Guard, N. Vancouver, BC) played between 15-24 minutes respectively. Reichert, the 6-2 post from Princeton, scored nine points, led the team with 11 rebounds, all in just 18 minutes on the court. Johnson went three of four from the floor and finished with seven points in 15 minutes; Elliott logged 24 minutes and netted six.

“It was very exciting to see the way the second and first year players performed this past weekend, I’m really pleased with the talent and fearlessness of this group of young players,” commented Semeniuk.

The guard heavy Heat won the battle on the boards, out-rebounding the Spartans over the four quarters 41-29. UBC Okanagan was especially effective on the offensive end, grabbing 16 offensive boards, six by Jazdarehee alone.

Although Trinity started the matinee by jumping out to a quick lead, 15-6 halfway through the first quarter, the Heat closed out the quarter strong and trailed 18-19 after the first.

The game remained close until the fourth quarter when the Heat went on a 9-0 run in two-minute span to push their lead to 10 with seven minutes to play.

UBC Okanagan would hold on to the lead never allowing the Spartans closer than five again. The Spartans finish their preseason with a 3-4 record and will open the Canada West season Nov. 1-2 when they host Calgary on Friday and Lethbridge on Saturday.