Chase for playoffs begin in earnest for Heat this weekend against Cascades


Chase for playoffs begin in earnest for Heat this weekend against Cascades

By Cary Mellon on January 22, 2015

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

Angela White scored 5 points in each of the two games earlier in the year versus UFV (Greystoke Photography)

Game Times

FRIDAY, JAN. 23rd:
6 PM | UBC Okanagan at Fraser Valley

5 PM | UBC Okanagan at Fraser Valley

Envision Athletic Centre, Abbotsford, BC

68.5 (8) Points per game 71.5 (5)
.323 (17) Field Goal Pct. .382 (8)
.204 (16) Three-point Pct. .283 (12)
.681 (12) Free Throw Pct. .707 (4)
-12.2 (17) Rebound Margin per game  3.8 (6)
78.8 (17) Points per game allowed 69.8 (11)
.407 (13) Opponents Field Goal Pct. .366 (6)
.298 (9) Opponents three-point Pct. .281 (7)

HEAT (5-12, 4-8 Canada West)                        SCHEDULE | ROSTER | STATS

CIS National Ranking: N/A
CanWest Standings: t4th – Explorer Division
Last week: 1-1: Fri L (81-71); Sat L (78-71) at Mount Royal
Streak: 1 win
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:  This may be the last best chance the women’s basketball team has a chance to push towards the Canada West postseason in retiring head coach’s Heather Semeniuk’s last season at the helm of the UBC Okanagan Heat. The 4-8 Heat travel to Abbotsford to play the 6-6, third place, Fraser Valley Cascades – top three teams make the post season. Tip-off on Friday (Jan. 23) at the Envision Athletic Centre is scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday, once again the Envision Athletic Centre, the game will get underway at 5 p.m., Saturday is the Cascades Shoot for the Cure CIS game.

Head to Head: versus UFV (0-8): Although they have yet to defeat the Cascades the Heat are aching for another chance at UFV after the season opening overtime loss to the visitng  Cascades, a game decided by a late whistle and three made UFV free throws to send the game into the extra frame. The next game in the fall the Heat didn’t have the horses and fell easily to the defending national silver medalists. The two BC teams have met for preseason games three times since UBC Okanagan joined the CIS, and Fraser Valley survived the Heat in all 3 games.

Cascades’ Wierks working on the all time Canada West list: Sarah Wierks’s the 6’2″ centre from Chilliwack in her fifth and final season of eligibility is ascending up the Canada West conference’s career rebounding list. Wierks started the season in ninth place all-time and has risen to third place with 908 rebounds, just four shy of second-place Janis Paskevich (912). First place is out of reach – Canada West’s all-time rebounding leader is Sarah Crooks of the Saskatchewan Huskies (2002-07), and  Wierks would have to grab 34.1 boards per game to match Crooks’s eye-popping total of 1,181.

Cascades so far: After winning their first four games, two against the Heat and two over Mount Royal the Cascades lost six of their next eight, including dropping all four to MacEwan, a team UBC Okanagan defeated 85-80.

Are you talking about playoffs: Three of the six Explorers Division teams qualify for the post season and the 6-6 UFV Cascades own the final playoff spot in the Division, a sweep by UBC Okanagan would draw them into a tie for the playoff spot.

Season high: Sarah Allison lit up the Cascades for 258 points in the Heat’s overtime loss to UFV earlier this season, she hit six threes in the game and is still the Heat’s leading scorer this season putting up just over 13 points per game (13.2).

Points/game FG-FGA (PCT) 3FG-3FGA (PCT) min 10 att. Rebounds/game
Sarah Allison 13.2 Jessica Jazdarehee 8-112 (42.9%) Shenelle Tamminen 13-54 (24.1%) Jessica Jazdarehee 6.9
Jessica Jazdarehee 11.8 Olivia Johnson 13-34 (38.2%) Sarah Allison 15-66 (22.7%) Kayla McFadden 4.9
Kayla McFadden 8.8 Vanessa Botteselle 19-53 (35.8%) Vanessa Botteselle 2-11 (18.2%) Angela White 4.3
Points/game FG-FGA (PCT) 3FG-3FGA (PCT) min 10 att. Rebounds/game
Sarah Wierks 19.6 Sarah Wierks 84-158 (53.2%) Daniella Vanbergen 6-17 (35.3%) Sarah Wierks 13.8
Nataliia Gavryliuk 15.2 Celeste Dyck 39-81 (48.1%) Nataliia Gavryliuk 17-51 (33.3%) Shayna Litman 5.8
Shayna Litman 10.6 Shayna Litman 39-95 (41.1%) Kaitlyn McDonald 22-70 (31.4%) Nataliia Gavryliuk 5.4

FRASER VALLEY CASCADES    (8-16, 6-6 Canada West)             SCHEDULE | ROSTER | STATS
CIS National Ranking: N/A
CanWest Standings: 3rd Explorers Division
Last week: 0-2: Fri L (90-59); Sat L (83-75) at MacEwan
Streak: 2 Losses
2013-14 conference record: 17-5
2014 CW playoffs: 2nd – Silver
2014 CIS tournament: 3rd – Bronze
Last CW title: N/A
Last CIS title: N/A

preseason preview courtesy of

Key additions: Jenika Bannerman, Danielle Vanbergen
Key returnees: Sarah Wierks, Nataliia Gavryliuk, Celeste Dyck, Katie Brink, Shayna Litman
Key departures: Aieisha Luyken, Nicole Wierks, Courtney Bartel

ABBOTSFORD – The Cascades are a far different team from the one that won the Canada West silver medal and the CIS bronze last spring, but the 2014-15 edition of the squad still has the type of talent and experience to be a contender once again.

The Cascades waved goodbye to six key players after their deep playoff run last season, including starting point guard Aieisha Luyken, lockdown defender Nicole Wierks and three-point shooting ace Courtney Bartel.

But they bring back a number of key veterans, led by fifth-year centre Sarah Wierks. The Chilliwack, B.C. native was the team’s leading scorer in 2013-14, averaging 11.9 points per game, and her 8.1 rebounds per game ranked sixth-best in Canada West. Between Wierks and third-year forwards Katie Brink and Shayna Litman, the Cascades’ frontcourt figures to shoulder an increased share of the team’s scoring load.

In the backcourt, fifth-year point guard Celeste Dyck takes over the starting job, and Hailey Kendall and Kaitlyn McDonald will take on larger roles as sophomores. Nataliia Gavryliuk, a third-year guard/forward from Kiev, Ukraine, brings a playmaking flair and will be among the team’s scoring leaders.

Your sports. Your teams. The ISN Daily Digest.

Sign up to the ISN Daily Digest and sit back while we pick the previous day’s best headlines and speed them straight to your inbox every morning.
Email address
First Name*
We abide by all applicable emailing laws including 100% CAN-SPAM/CASL/US CAN-SPAM Act compliance. No spam!