Heat fall to Lethbridge after slow first half

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November 23, 2013, LETHBRIDGE, AB (ISN) – A first half in which the UBC Okanagan Heat women’s basketball team were only able to muster seven points doomed the team at the 1st Choice Savings Centre in Lethbridge, allowing the Pronghorns to run away to a 77-48 win over UBC Okanagan.

“We tried everything in the first half, we were at our wits end,” lamented coach Heather Semeniuk in describing what her coaching staff thought of about the first half and how to get the team to score in the second half.

After the Heat scored the game’s opening basketball, the Heat would only score two more field goals the entire half and a dismal 10% (3-30) Shooting from the field. UBC Okanagan uncharacteristically struggled from the line in the first half as well, hitting just 1-4, also going 0-9 from long distance.

For the Heat, Emily Kanester (3rd year, Vernon, BC) and Claire Elliott (1st year, North Vancouver, BC) each had 12 points, while Sarah Allison (3rd year, South Surrey, BC) recorded 10 in the loss. Freshman post Julia Reichert (Princeton, BC), with her first start of the season led the team with five rebounds, and added two blocks. Kanester also hauled in five boards.

UBC Okanagan drops their fourth in the row and are 1-6 on the season, with the win the ‘Horns improve to 3-4 on the ending their three game losing streak.

Canada West’s third leading scorer Kim Veldman had a big night for the ‘Horns in the win, recording her fourth double-double of the season with a game high 24 points and 12 rebounds. She also entered the weekend as the conference’s leading rebounder. Newcomer Mariah Miller chipped in with 17 points and Ali Cameron, playing in her first conference game of the season after being injured in the preseason, scored 12 points in her return.

On the back of Veldman’s 11 first half points the ‘Horns held a 17-5 lead at the end of the first quarter and then a 29-7 lead at half time.

Coming out the break, the Heat opened with a full court press, taking the ‘Horns out of their rhythm and forcing the ‘Horns into 20 second half turnovers, but damage was already done and the Heat never threated the home team’s lead.

Despite the 20 second half turnovers, when the ‘Horns did manage to break the Heat press, it resulted in open layups and lead to Lethbridge connecting on 66.7% of their field goals in the second, after hitting on 31% in the opening half.

“When we applied the extended pressure after the break Lethbridge really had troubles, and it did spark our offense as we scored 41 points in that half,” explains Semeniuk.

Recovering from their opening half, the Heat where 34% from the floor and scored 22 and 19 points respectively in the final two quarters.

The ‘Horns will return to the 1st Choice Savings Centre tomorrow night, hosting the Thompson Rivers WolfPack, who were beaten by the Calgary Dinos 76-58 in Calgary.

The Heat will switch places with the WolfPack and head up Highway 2 to face the Dinos tomorrow night. Tip-off is set for 4 p.m. (PST) and the game will be streamed live on http://canadawest.tv

“Calgary is a good physical team, and they just beat a tough TRU squad tonight,” says Semeniuk on her upcoming matchup in Calgary. “We’ll ride the bus in the morning, and hit our shoot…I know the girls will be ready for Calgary tomorrow night.”

with notes from Eoin Colquhoun (Sports Information & Events Coordinator. Pronghorn Athletics)

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