November 17, 2013, KELOWNA, B.C. (ISN) – The rematch of Friday night’s high-octane game played to a decidedly different pace from UBC’s Okanagan campus gymnasium Saturday evening in Kelowna, as a cold-shooting second quarter from the Heat allowed the Vikes to pull away en route to the 68-45 victory.
Down only four after the first quarter, the Heat would head into the second feeling confident about their chances versus the Vikes. However, Victoria would apply full court pressure on every Heat possession in the half, harassing the Heat back-court and making it extremely difficult to set up the offense. Victoria would use this pressure to hold the Heat to six points in the frame, while extending their lead by 24.
Down 42-20 at the half, the Heat would not back down versus Victoria, and the final two frames would only see a point differential of one in favour the Vikes.
“It’s tough to get back in the game when you fall behind like that,” commented Heat assistant coach Bobby Mitchell following the game. “But I like how we competed in the second half, especially the third quarter. We played with a lot of energy.”
For the second straight evening, Emily Kanester (3rd year, Vernon, BC) would lead the Heat in scoring, this time with 10 points. Krystal Schouten (4th year, Winnipeg, MB) would add eight points, while Claire Elliott (1st year, North Vancouver, BC) would add seven in extending playing time. However, as a team, the Heat were only able to muster a field goal percentage of 25% in the game.
As for the Vikes, Jessica Renfrew lead all scorers with 15 points. Her efforts were balanced by that of Cassandra Goodis, Jenna Bugiardini, and Jenny Lewis, who scored 12, 11, and 11 respectively. However, poor shooting plagued the Vikes as it did the Heat, with Victoria only managing a field goal percentage of 39% in the game.
“We just need to find a way to put four quarters together,” finished Mitchell.
With the win, the Vikes improve to 3-3, while the Heat drop to 1-5.
The Heat will leave the confines of UBC Okanagan for next weekend’s series, traveling to Alberta to face the Lethbridge Pronghorns and the Calgary Dinos. The Heat will face the Pronghorns on Friday evening in Lethbridge (5 p.m. PST), and then make the trip to Calgary to face the Dinos at Jack Simpson Gymnasium (4 p.m. PST).