Third quarter letdown leads to demise of Heat

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November 9, 2013, CALGARY, AB (ISN) – The UBC Okanagan Heat were outscored 23-13 in the third quarter, leading to a 12 point deficit that proved to be too great, as the Heat lose 73-70 to the Mount Royal Cougars on Kenyon Court Friday night in Canada West women’s basketball in Calgary.

“[We] should have completed the comeback,” commented head coach Heather Semeniuk. The Heat tied the game up and took the lead briefly in the fourth but couldn’t close out the home team.

The leading point getter for a second night in a row was Sarah Allison (South Surrey, BC) with 20. The third year guard hit 4-7 from long range, and nearly scored the winning basket for the Heat when she scooped a left-handed layup up in to put the Heat up 70-68 with just over a minute remaining. The Heat erased a 14 point Mount Royal lead in just 10 minutes with a 24-8 run, however the bucket by Allison was the last point scored for the Heat, as Jordan McLean answered with a lay-in of her own to tie the game at 70.

A late foul sent Danica Rybacuk (Vernon, BC), who finished with 15 points, to the line for the Cougars where she made both to put the Cougars up two with 23 seconds to play.

India Ashboth (Albany, AUS) came up with a block and grabbed the ball forcing the Heat to foul. The Cougars killed the clock and went on to win the game 73-70.

Emily Kanester (Vernon, BC) scored just seven points on the night but her six of those seven came in the team’s fourth quarter run. Another third year guard, Tia Sadler (Golden, BC), came off the bench and was second on the team in scoring with 14 points in just 21 minutes. Guard Jessica Jazdarehee (2nd year, Coquitlam, BC), thrust into the starting lineup with Angela White’s injury, managed just 15 minutes due to foul trouble but finished with 11 points and a team high seven rebounds before fouling out.

“Sarah is scoring well,” said Semeniuk on Allison, who netted 36 in the two games versus Mount Royal. “Emily [Kanester] played tough and Jessica [Jazdarehee] stepped into the starting lineup and played well.”

Mount Royal was led by forward Jordan Maclean (Hinton, AB), who was outstanding for the Cougs with 22 points, 20 rebounds and 3-4 from long distance as the Heat were unable to stop the inside-outside game of the 5-10 second year player. Another forward, 6-foot India Ashboth, was second on the Cougars with 17 points and grabbed nine rebounds.

“They have some good players and they made plays” describes coach Semeniuk on their opponent from the last two nights.

The Cougars pounded UBC Okanagan to achieve their large lead with their work in the paint in the third quarter, scoring 14 points in the lane in the pivotal frame.

Although the two posts starred for Mount Royal, and the Cougars large lead was achieved by their interior dominance, overall the Cougars only outscored UBC Okanagan in the paint 32-30.

Thursday’s night game star for the Cougars was handled by the Heat as 5-foot point guard Alicia Tan (1st year, Calgary, AB) was held to seven points, but she played the full 40 minutes and still registered four steals.

“Pleased with the weekend,” sums up Semeniuk on her team’s first road trip of the year. “It was a great effort from the girls and we just have a few things to iron out.”

With the Heat loss and the Mount Royal victory both teams have an identical record of 1-3. UBC Okanagan gets a chance to see if they have ironed things out with a two game homestand next weekend when they play host to the Victoria Vikes on Friday and Saturday (Nov 15-16).

HEAT NOTES: The Heat scored 11 points off of turnovers in the fourth quarter to spark the comeback…After being outscored 30-6 off the bench on Thursday, the Cougars reserves outscored the Heat’s 22-19 on Friday…Angela White (4th year, guard, N. Vancouver, BC), injured in Thursday’s game did not start for UBC Okanagan, tried to play on Friday but was only able to log 2 minutes of floor time…Fourth year post Krystal Schouten (Winnipeg, MB) went down with a turn of her ankle late in the game.