Thirsty fourth for Heat sees WolfPack capture the President’s Cup
By Cary Mellon on January 31, 2015
Women’s Basketball (Canada West conference play)
|Thompson Rivers (15-1)||14||17||8||22||61|
|UBC Okanagan (4-12)||17||8||16||6||47|
KELOWNA, B.C. – After closely missing a chance to steal a win off the Explorer Division-leading Thompson Rivers WolfPack just a night prior, the home standing UBC Okanagan Heat women’s basketball squad were once again narrowly bested by their valley rival Saturday night, this time in a 61-47 result.
Leading through three quarters 41-39, the now 15-1 WolfPack broke through in the fourth, coming alive offensively at just the wrong time for a Heat squad who had hit an untimely scoring drought. Thompson Rivers would win that frame 22-6 to close out the season series in a sweep.
Thompson Rivers has now recaptured the President’s Cup from UBC Okanagan, an annual award between the two schools based on cumulative wins across all varsity sports. For the women’s category the Kamloops school won 4-3.
The WolfPack’s Emma Piggin was once again the leading scorer in the game, going for 16 points to accompany nine rebounds. Forward Cassie Colonna dogged UBC Okanagan in the post all-game long en route to a double-double 14 point and ten rebound showing.
The Heat would lean on fourth-year guard Sarah Allison in the second half to try and kick start the offense. Allison complied as she would eventually wind up with a team-high 13 points with four rebounds and three assists following a relatively quiet first half. Shenelle Tamminen got the nod to start tonight and would finish again in double digits with 10 points, including 2-5 from three point range.
Better ball movement created better looks for scoring for the Heat in the first half, as they wore down the Thompson Rivers defense until they got an open jumper. Eventually, the WolfPack adjusted with a zone defense that better rotated to the Heat shooters, and UBC Okanagan began to struggle to get in the lane against the imposing front line of their opponents.
Thompson Rivers won the battle of the boards 47-36, though the Heat’s ball distribution proved better with ten total assists.
Both Thompson Rivers and UBC Okanagan love the three ball, and they each took plenty shots from beyond the arc, yet neither team was particularly profitable from that range, as they both combined for a 10-46 from that range.
Despite the pair of losses this weekend, the Heat vastly improved their play against the division’s best compared to a few weeks prior, when the WolfPack broke 100 points twice in blowouts in Kamloops.
The WolfPack improve their record to 15-1 for the season and remain atop the Explorer’s Division having already clinched a playoff berth. The Heat meanwhile move to 4-12 for the season.
UBC Okanagan heads to MacEwan next weekend for their final back-to-back of the year as Thompson Rivers heads home to host Mount Royal. Tip-off at MacEwan is 6 p.m. MST and 6 p.m. PST in Kamloops.
Watch the action online and stream live stats at canadawest.tv.
All regular season matchups between Thompson Rivers and UBC Okanagan are finished and the WolfPack earned the advantage in both men’s and women’s competitions taking home both Cups for the first time since 2002. [ENTIRE HISTORY]. This year on the women’s side the WolfPack had four wins to UBC Okanagan’s three. [Yearly Totals]
President’s Cup 2015 – Rob Johnson on left presents the Cup to WolfPack basketball star Josh Wolfram following the two Saturday varsity basketball games.