Heat earn first win of the season, 73-68 over visiting Cougars

The UBC Okanagan women’s basketball team played a strong final quarter to earn their first win of the season.

Fifth year guard Emily Kanester iced the game away with free throws for the Heat as UBCO defeated the visiting Mount Royal Cougars by a final score of 73-68 on Saturday night in the UBC Okanagan gymnasium.

With the win the Heat now own a record of 1-5, while the Cougars are now at 2-2.

The two teams traded leads through the first three quarters, leaving the Heat trailing by three points through three quarters. The difference maker for the Heat came late in the game, when Emily Kanester took over with just under two minutes to play. The fourth year Heat guard made a three-pointer with 1:42 left to put her team up 69-65. She then went on to make five free-throws in the final 20 seconds of play, clinching the 73-68 win for the Heat.

Mount Royal’s Angela Driscoll led all scorers in the game, finishing with 23 points. Behind her for the Cougars were Becky Nash, with 14 points and four rebounds, and Drew Knox, who finished with 12 points and two steals.

For the Heat, Kanester led the way in scoring with 17 points, followed up by Claire Elliott, who finished with 16 points and game MVP honours, and Chloe Kennedy, who finished with 14 points. Jordan Korol just missed scoring a double-double, as she finished with nine points and 11 rebounds.

The first half saw the Heat and Cougars trade leads. Through the first quarter, Knox and Driscoll had already scored seven and six points respectively, putting their Mount Royal side up two, 20-18, after the first ten minutes. The second quarter went the other way, with the Heat outscoring the Cougars by four. Led by a six-point frame from Elliott, the Heat took the second quarter 16-12, giving them a 34-32 lead at half-time.

The second half started with the momentum swinging back in favour of the visitors. Driscoll went off for 13 in the third quarter, leading her Cougars in outscoring the Heat 25-19, giving Mount Royal a 56-53 lead going into the fourth quarter.

The UBC Okanagan Heat women will play their next games on the road, travelling to Kamloops to face the Thompson Rivers WolfPack in TRU’s annual Shoot for the Cure weekend, on November 25 & 26.

Mount Royal’s sizzling shooting stops Heat at home

The UBC Okanagan Heat men’s basketball team fell by 29 to the Mount Royal Cougars in the UBC Okanagan gymnasium on Saturday night.

The result on Saturday night was pretty much certain by half-time, as the Cougars took a 43-21 lead into the break. Through the first two quarters Mount Royal shot 53.3% from the floor and 27.3% from long range, and made eight of ten from the free-throw line, while the Heat shot 28.6% and 12.5%, while not taking a single free-throw.

Josh Ross led the Cougars, and all scorers, with 28 points in the game and finished with 10 rebounds for a double-double. Brett Layton (13) and Glen Yang (10) were the number two and three scorers for Mount Royal. The Cougars also got 33 points from their bench on Saturday night.

For the Heat, Mitch Goodwin led the way for the second straight night, the fifth year guard finished with 23 points and seven rebounds. Backcourt mate Aldrich Berrios followed him with 16 points and six assists. The Heat bench put up 18 points in the contest.

The third quarter saw the Mount Royal lead expand to 35, as they scored a huge 31 points in the frame while holding the Heat to 18. Ross scored 13 of his 28 points in the third, and the Cougars defence kept the Heat to seven-of-16 shooting from the floor and one-of-four from long distance.

The fourth quarter saw the Heat outscore the Cougars, 29-23. Berrios and Goodwin started to find their shots, and combined for 16 points in the final quarter. In the last ten minutes, the Heat shot better percentages from the field (57.1% – 41.2%) and from the free-throw line (75% – 44.4%), but the comeback was continually stalled as UBCO couldn’t stop the Cougars long-range shooters, who made five of eight threes in the fourth.

Tonight’s loss is the Heat’s fifth straight since they won their opener, and they now have a record of 1-5 on the season so far. The win bumps Mount Royal’s record up to 3-1.

The UBC Okanagan Heat (1-5) will play their next games on the road, when they travel to Kamloops to play the Thompson Rivers WolfPack (1-5) during TRU’s Shoot for the Cure weekend, November 25 & 26.

Heat lose first match of the season, 3-2 to Cougars

The UBC Okanagan Heat had their undefeated start to the season ended by the Mount Royal Cougars on Saturday night at Kenyon Court in Calgary. The Heat took the first and third sets, but the second, fourth, and fifth went to the Cougars, who took the 3-2 win on home court.

Kaitlynn Given led all hitters in the Heat loss, finishing the match with 21 kills, and was followed by Megan Festival and Siobhan Fitzpatrick, who each finished with 11. Cassidy Kitchen (14) and Kylie Willis (13) led the Cougars as the only two Mount Royal hitters to finish with double-digit kill numbers.

Megan Festival and Emily Oxland came into the match just shy of the all-time Canada West service aces record (138), with 136 and 137 respectively. Festival finished the match with two aces, and Oxland had one, so both now sit even with Shanlee McLennan, the previous record-holder, with 138.

Saturday night was the first time this season that the Heat had been forced to play a fifth set. The Heat hit -0.50 in the set, with four kills, while the Cougars put away eight kills on .091. The set was book-ended by Taylor Pelland kills, as she scored her sixth and ninth kills for the first and last points in the deciding frame. The Heat took a lead early on, after a three-point run to go up 5-2. A six-point run by the Cougars, from down 6-8 to up 12-8, was the difference though. Two Pelland kills and a Heat service error made up the final three points, as the Cougars took the match-clinching set, 15-10.

The Heat finished the match behind in all statistical categories except for kills (59-57), and total blocks (15-12). The Cougars hit .206 for the match, and finished with 13 service aces, which combined with UBC Okanagan’s 17 combined service and reception errors was enough to hand UBCO the rare loss.

The first set was indicative of what the full match would be, with the Heat eventually taking it in extra points, 27-25. It was the Heat’s best hitting set of the night, as they had 17 kills (.400) against the Cougars’ 13 (.139). An eight-point run in the middle of the set gave the Heat a big lead, at 16-6, but it was quickly followed by successive four- and five-point runs by the Cougars, which gave the home team a 20-19 lead. Mount Royal then went up 24-21, but the Heat fought back thanks to four kills in five points, before a block by Kaitlynn Given and Aidan Lea scored the final point.

The second set was nearly as close as the first, until the Cougars closed out strong with a four-point run that included a pair of Cassidy Kitchen kills, to take it 25-19. Kaitlynn Given had an impressive six kills in the set, but errors at the net and on the serve were the difference as Mount Royal tied the match up at 1-1.

The Heat won their only other set of the night in the third, taking it 25-21 despite being out-hit 14(.257)–11(.167). The difference in the set was a pair of four-point runs late, as the Heat came back from 12-16 to go up 19-17. They closed out the set thanks to a number of Cougars attack errors, kills from Erin Drew and Megan Festival, and a Fitzpatrick service ace.

The fourth set went the other way again, as Mount Royal tied the match again, at 2-2. It was the biggest point differential to end at set on the night, with the Cougars taking it by seven, 25-18. The Heat put down 14 kills in the fourth, but only hit .080. Mount Royal was able to force a fifth set by closing out the fourth with a six-point run, with the final four straight points coming on UBC Okanagan errors. As in the second set, errors were the Heat’s downfall.

The UBC Okanagan Heat (5-1) will play their next matches on the road again, travelling to Regina to play the other Cougars team (0-6) in Canada West, on November 25 & 26.

Heat men finish winless at Mount Royal

The UBC Okanagan Heat fell in straight sets, 3-0, against the Mount Royal Cougars on Kenyon Court in Calgary on Saturday night.

Each team only had one hitter finish in double digits in the kills category, with Tyler Schmidt leading the way for the Cougars with 10, and the Heat’s Lars Bornemann leading all hitters with 11. Riley Friesen had nine kills and Alex Swiatlowski had seven, following up Schmidt and Bornemann respectively.

As a team, Mount Royal finished ahead statistically as well as on the scoreboard. The Cougars were ahead in kills (44-36), hitting percentage (.355 – .213), assists (42-33), service aces (5-1), and total blocks (13-11).

The first set was the closest in terms of score, with Mount Royal taking it 25-21. Each team finished the first with 13 kills, but the Heat’s three more attacking errors made all the difference. UBC Okanagan had the lead roughly half-way through the set, up 15-11, but seven total errors from that point on allowed the Cougars to put together multiple scoring runs, with Riley Friesen putting away three kills in the final twelve points of the set, including the 25th Cougars point.

The second saw the Cougars advantage increase by one from the first set, as they won it 25-20. The home side never allowed the Heat to string together more than two consecutive points at any point in the set, and after they took the lead at 5-4, the Cougars never gave it back. After Mount Royal scored twice in a row to go up 19-13, the teams traded points from then on, before a Heat error gave the home side the 25-20 finish.

The third set saw the final deficit grow by one again, with the Heat falling 25-19 in the final frame. Kills in the set were nearly even again, with the Cougars ending up with the 14-13 advantage in that category, but once again the Heat errors (seven, compared to MRU’s 3), were the difference. The Cougars hit .344 on 32 attempts in the third, while the Heat hit .171 on 35. The set got started for the home side with a four-point run, jumping out to a 4-1 lead. That lead was reduced to a single point three different times by the Heat, at 7-8, 18-19, and 19-20 before the Cougars scored five straight points, from two Heat errors, a service ace, and a pair of kills, to close out the match-clinching set.

The UBC Okanagan Heat (1-5) will play their next games on the road, when they travel to play the University of Regina Cougars (0-6) on Friday, November 25 and Saturday, November 26.