Heat fall to the Bobcats for first time

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by Cary Mellon

January 12, 2014, BRANDON, MB (ISN) – Making their way from Regina to Brandon, the UBC Okanagan women’s basketball team was unable to upend the Brandon Bobcats Saturday evening from the HLC, losing in a close affair 70-63.

Brandon’s Kaela Cranston led the way for the ‘Cats, notching six three-pointers in an effective 25 point night. Cassie Cookie added 21 points as well, 12 of which came in the fourth quarter.

“Cassie Cook just took over the game late,” explained Heat head coach Heather Semeniuk following the game. “We just couldn’t stop her in the fourth quarter.”

Things might have gone a different way if illness had not have struck the team earlier this week. Krystal Schouten (4th year, Winnipeg, MB) was a noticeable absentee from both the Regina and Brandon game, as she did not travel due to illness. In addition, the Heat’s other post threat, Julia Reichert (1st year, Princeton, BC), was battling flu-like symptoms as well over the weekend. A much bigger Brandon squad was happy to oblige, however, taking advantage of a decimated Heat front line. Brandon outscored the Heat 30-18 in the paint, while out-rebounding UBC Okanagan 43-39.

Shenelle Tamminen (1st year, Calgary, AB), for the second straight game, lead the Heat offense, this time with 18 points and four rebounds. Jessica Jazdarehee (2nd year, Coquitlam, BC) and Emily Kanester (3rd year, Vernon, BC) added 12 points each as well in support, but as a team, the Heat were only able to shoot 36% from the field. However, UBC Okanagan was an efficient 7-15 from three point land, with Kanester, Jazdarehee, and Tamminen all shooting over 50% from beyond the arc.

“I was really pleased with the way we played this weekend,” finished Semeniuk. “Those were two tough games to play after just coming back from the break.”

The loss drops UBC Okanagan to 2-10 on the season, while the win vaults Brandon to 3-9.

The Heat will return home for next weekend’s series versus the Trinity Western Spartans beginning January 17th. Brandon will also play host on January 17th and 18th, this time to the Manitoba Bisons.

– With notes from Matt Packwood (Brandon Sports Information)