Heat open 2015 with a pair of losses to the WolfPack
By Cary Mellon on January 10, 2015
|UBC Okanagan (3-7)||3||22||14||22||61|
|Thompson Rivers (9-1)||28||21||36||18||106|
KAMLOOPS, BC – Never giving themselves a chance to win the game the Heat fell behind by 25 points in the first quarter in Canada West Women’s Basketball in Kamloops.
With the sizable lead the WolfPack once again topped the century mark against as the Heat were dumped 103-61 on Saturday night on the Warner Rentals Court at the Tournament Capital Centre.
Just one night after losing 106-58 (Fri. Jan. 9) to TRU the Heat came out flat, shooting zero-percent and falling behind 18-0, eventually the score settled at 25-3 in the first. UBC Okanagan’s point came off of thre made free throws.
Head coach Heather Semeniuk hoped her team would come out strong and try to build on a positive fourth quarter from that Friday’s game in which UBC Okanagan won 25-18.
“They were definitely the better team again tonight. We did not play very well. Our shooting was horrible, it is the worst it’s ever been, we couldn’t have gotten off to a worst start on Saturday,” said the coach.
“We were playing tentative,” observed Heat head coach Heather Semeniuk. “They packed the key and we weren’t hitting from the outside so that didn’t give us many options.”
“Decision making, decision making, decision making,” Semeniuk continued. “Our shooting wasn’t there. We were just not good. We lost our confidence.”
Not one to dwell on the past Semeniuk and her team had a strong meeting following the second straight loss, “We had a really good chat after the game we talked about discipline – we talked about all the things you need to talk about after two forty point losses.”
UBC Okanagan had two players in double figures. Jessica Jazdarehee (third year, guard, Coquitlam, BC) had 13 points with Vanessa Botteselle (first year, guard, North Vancouver, BC) adding 11.
“Botteselle was forced to do more at point and she did a good job out there. Olivia [Johnson] did a good job out there,” according to Semeniuk.
Both guards were pushed into extra duty with starting point guard Claire Elliott not at full health.
“We need to come home and regroup, to have a good week of practice,” stated Semeniuk. “No team has ever challenged us on defence like this team did. They played good defence.”
With the loss the Heat fall to 3-7, while the WolfPack rise up to 9-1.
The Heat will return to Kelowna to entertain Mount Royal next weekend (Jan 16-17). The first game will commence on Friday at 6 p.m. PST at UBC’s Okanagan campus gymnasium.
Semeniuk came away really impressed with the Thompson Rivers squad indicating that the Kamloops squad is built to make a playoff run:
“They are playing really well, they got 12 threes again, Semeniuk commented on her fellow Explorer Division team. “If you check them at the rim they pop it out to t three point shooter, the pass the ball, they are disciplined and they execute.”
The WolfPack will head to Prince George next weekend (Jan 16-17) for games against the UNBC Timberwolves.
The WolfPack improved in all facets of their shooting in this game. Their field goal percent went from 39.6 to 47.4 per cent as the game went on. Their three point field goal percentage was 41.7 in the first and 46.7 in the second half. At the free throw line, TRU was 50 per cent successful in the first half and 91.7 per cent successful in the second.
The WolfPack had five players hit double figures.
Emma Piggin (first year, guard, Kamloops, BC) led the way with 20 points.
Two players, Michelle Bos (first year, guard, Surrey, BC) and Kassie Colonna (third year, forward, Invermere, BC), were ‘double-double’. Bos had 19 points and 14 boards. It was the seventh time in nine outings she has had a double double. Colonna had 15 points and 11 rebounds.
Other WolfPack players hitting double figures were Jorri Duxbury (fifth year, guard, Salmon Arm, BC) with 14 and Taiysa Worsfold (fourth year, guard, Kamloops, BC) with 10.
~ With notes from Larry Read (TRU Sports Information)