Shoot for the Cure this Saturday in women’s basketball fundraiser


Shoot for the Cure this Saturday in women’s basketball fundraiser

By Cary Mellon on January 15, 2015

Vanessa Boteselle

Vanessa Boteselle scored 11 points last Saturday versus TRU. (Greystoke Photography)

Game Times

FRIDAY, JAN. 16th:
6 PM | UBC Okanagan vs Mount Royal

5 PM | UBC Okanagan vs Mount Royal
[Shoot for the Cure]

@ UBC Okanagan Gymnasium

67.3 (7) Points per game 59.3 (14)
.315 (17) Field Goal Pct. .330 (16)
.220 (15) Three-point Pct. .208 (16)
.669 (13) Free Throw Pct. .593 (17)
-13.1 (17) Rebound Margin per game  -9.2 (15)
79.3 (17) Points per game allowed 70.2 (14)
.412 (14) Opponents Field Goal Pct. .392 (10)
.317 (10) Opponents three-point Pct. .296 (6)

HEAT (4-11, 3-7 Canada West)                        SCHEDULE | ROSTER | STATS

CIS National Ranking: N/A
CanWest Standings: 5th – Explorers Division
Last week: 0-2: Fri W (108-56); Sat L (103-61) at TRU
Streak: 3 Losses
2013-14 CanWest Record: 3-19 (8th – Pacific Division)
2014 CanWest Playoffs: N/A
2014 CIS Tournament: N/A
Last CanWest Title: N/A
Last CIS Title: N/A

This Weekend: A pair of 3-7 teams are lined up to play two Canada West women’s basketball games this weekend in Kelowna as the UBC Okanagan Heat host the Mount Royal Cougars this Friday and Saturday (Jan. 16-17). Tip-off on Friday is at 6 p.m., Saturday will be the Annual Shoot for the Cure game and will tip-off with the pink ball at 5 p.m.

Head to Head: versus Mount Royal (3-3): The team’s split the first two games in Calgary with UBC Okanagan winning Friday in OT (87-72) and losing on Saturday (60-55) on Kenyon Court. Prior to this fall the teams were 2-2 splitting both years’ conference games. Two other collegiate meetings since 2007-08, Mount Royal ended up with both wins. In 2008-09 the score was 70-65 and in 2011-12 66-60.

The Bad: Last weekend the Heat dropped both games and gave up a 100 points in both games to TRU, defensively UBC Okanagan is now ranking last in the league in points allowed per game (79.3), are 14th in their opponents shooting percentage (41.2) and are tenth worst in opponents three point shooting percentage (31.7).  Worst of all the Heat are not being very efficient at scoring, although averaging 67.3 points per game – 7th in the conference, they are last in field goal percentage (31.5) and 15th in shooting from three (22.0).

The Good: Mount Royal is even less efficient at scoring ranking fourteenth in scoring (59.3), 16th in shooting percentage (33.0) and three point shooting (20.8) and last in free throw percentage (59.3).

Streaking MRU: Since winning three in a row, a streak that began with a win over the Heat (60-55 – Nov. 15, 2014) the Cougars have lost four straight conference games.

Are you talking about playoffs: Three of the six Explorers Division teams qualify for the post season, both squads are chasing the 6-4 UFV Cascades for the final playoff spot in the Division.

Season high: Sarah Allison scored a career best in the Heat’s overtime victory of Mount Royal in November, she is currently the Heat’s leading scorer this season putting up just over 13 points per game (13.4).

Notes from Cougar Sports Info: Rookie guard Drew Knox had a career-high 19 points on Friday night at UFV. The rookie guard made six field goals and was 5-6 from the line in only 13 minutes of playing time…..Jayla Verney is still far and away the team’s scoring leader, averaging 16.2 points per game. On Saturday night she scored 25 of the Cougars’ 67 points……Third year Angela Driscoll is the Cougars’ primary passer, averaging 2.5 assists per game.

logo-ShootfortheCureENSaturday Night is the Shoot for the Cure: The CIS has raised over $761,309.12 ($633,303.89 to CBCF) since 2007 [RELEASE], last January the Heat raised over $200. Come to the games this weekend and make a donation.

Points/game FG-FGA (PCT) 3FG-3FGA (PCT) min 10 att. Rebounds/game
Sarah Allison 13.4 Jessica Jazdarehee 41-94 (43.6%) Sarah Allison 15-58 (76.3%) Jessica Jazdarehee 7.2
Jessica Jazdarehee 11.9 Vanessa Botteselle 16-45 (35.6%) Shenelle Tamminen 12-49 (24.5%) Kayla McFadden 4.7
Angela White 8.1 Claire Elliott 27-82 (32.9%) Jessica Jazzdarehee 2-11 (18.2%) Angela White 4.1
Vanessa Botteselle 2-11 (18.2%)
Points/game FG-FGA (PCT) 3FG-3FGA (PCT) min 10 att. Rebounds/game
Jayla Verney 16.2 Melissa Moore 14-27 (51.9%) Abby Gibb 6-21 (28.6%) Tyleigha Nelson 6.3
Angela Driscoll 7.9 Candice Duckett 24-55 (43.6%) Drew Knox 10-35 (28.6%) Candice Duckett 5.5
Tyleigha Nelson 7.9 Tyleigha Nelson 28-76 (36.8%) Jayla Verney 10-45 (22.2%) Jayla Verney 4.5

MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS   (3-18, 3-7 Canada West)             SCHEDULE | ROSTER | STATS
CIS National Ranking: N/A
CanWest Standings: 5th Explorer Division
Last week: 0-2: Fri L (85-58); Sat L (81-67) at UFV
Streak: 4 Losses
2013-14 conference record: 2-20
2014 CW playoffs: N/A
2014 CIS tournament: N/A
Last CW title: N/A
Last CIS title: N/A

preseason preview courtesy of

Key additions: Jayla Verney, Tyleigha Nelson, Desiree Oakley, Abby Gibb
Key returnees: Candice Duckett, Angela Driscoll, Melissa Moore, Brooke Lister
Key departures: Danica Rybachuk, Nikki Golding, Carrie Campbell, Alicia Tan

CALGARY – The women’s basketball team may have had the largest team overhaul in Mount Royal history this past off-season. Only six of last season’s 15 player roster will be returning. Seven freshman recruits will be joining the Cougars in 2014-15 and will likely play a vital role in the team’s success this year.

The Cougars will be without their four top scorers from last season. Danica Rybachuk, Jordan MacLean, Alicia Tan and Carrie Campbell have all moved on from the Cougars. Combined, those four players averaged 41.7 of the team’s 56.6 points per game in 2013-14.

With so much change in their lineup, the senior leadership on the squad will fall on three third year players; Angela Driscoll, Cassidy Taal and Candice Duckett. Calgary native Angela Driscoll is one of the team’s best leaders on and off the court. On the court she is as fierce a competitor as there is, while outside of basketball, her hard work and dedication set the standard for her teammates and other athletes within the department.

Coming all the way from Halifax, Nova Scotia are a trio of athletes that Coach Len Harvey recruited from his time as the provincial team head coach in the summer of 2013. Jayla Verney, Desiree Oakley and Tyleigha Nelson are slated to be three of the top players for the Cougars.

“Desi [Oakley] has worked hard to become a serious offensive threat, especially from behind the three point line and in transition, but no one can take anything away from her defensive abilities,” Coach Harvey said of his latest recruit. “A relentless defender, she has given her opponents fits in high school, nationally, and internationally.”

“Ty [Nelson] is an explosive player and a passionate competitor with an impressive level of athleticism. With her athletic ability and strength, she is one of the few players I’ve seen that is able to truly defend most positions on the floor at any given time. This makes her a huge asset to any team,” explained Coach Harvey.

“Jayla [Verney] is one of the best all-around players to come out of Atlantic Canada. With her slashing ability, as well as her outside shooting touch, Jay has the potential to score in bunches at any level,” Harvey noted about his first year guard.

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