by Cary Mellon
February 8, 2014, KELOWNA, BC (ISN) – Despite a trio of Heat women’s basketball scorers clawing their way to try and get back into the game during the third quarter, the UBC Thunderbirds ultimately downed the Okanagan team 83-57 Friday night at War Memorial gymnasium.
After being down 43-25 heading into halftime, the Heat turned up their defense and fought tooth and nail to try and get back into the game. A layup by Angela White (4th year, Vancouver, BC) with 4:14 to go in the quarter capped off a 9-2 run that closed UBC Okanagan to within 13 points at 51-38. Third-year guards Emily Kanester and Sarah Allison provided five points and two, respectively, also.
Unfortunately, the Thunderbirds would find their rhythm and cruised the rest of the way. Still, the third quarter would be the Heat’s closest scoring quarter with the T-Birds with a 16-13 edge to the latter.
With teammate Stephanie Bell riding shotgun down in the post, it was the Harleen Sidhu show most of the night, as Sidhu went for a 12 point first quarter before wrapping up with a game-high 22 points on 11-16 shooting. Bell had 13 points on 6-8 from the floor and seven rebounds.
Along with Kanester and Allison, rookie Claire Elliott (Vancouver, BC) joined in for all of them to make 10 points each for the Heat. Kanester also led her team in rebounds with five. The first year Elliott continues to see more and more minutes for head coach Heather Semeniuk as she logged 32 tonight. Despite the minutes, Elliott has said that she is “still feeling good,” and is ready for the rematch tomorrow.
It was a homecoming for Elliott, who is a Vancouver native and high school graduate from Argyle Secondary. “I love Vancouver a lot,” she gushed of her hometown. “Feels good being home and I’ve played some good games in that gym before so I just get excited playing there.”
With the loss the Heat are 3-16, while the No. 10 Thunderbirds extend their win streak to seven with a 14-5 record.
The Heat will get a second crack at the Thunderbirds tomorrow night. Their quest for the upset tips off at 5 p.m. at War Memorial gymnasium.