KELOWNA, B.C. – In the final game of the season for the UBC Okanagan Heat and a warm-up game for the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack before they move on to the postseason, the Heat fell to the ‘Pack 69-59 Sunday afternoon in Kelowna.
The start of the game did not go the way the Heat had hoped. The WolfPack jumped out on the Heat in the first quarter 26-8 thanks to ‘Pack guard Jen Ju, who couldn’t miss as she hit 4/4 from the field with two threes for 10 of the 26 TRU points.
The WolfPack received a stellar shooting performance from Jen Ju, who finished with a team high 23 points on 8-12 shooting (5/7 from three). Kaitlyn Widsten contributed with 12 points, while Taiysa Worsfeld added 10 points, hitting three from downtown. Diane Schuetze had nine rebounds to the ‘Pack, and also poured in nine points.
For the home team Heat fourth year post Roslyn Huber (Kelowna, BC) was high scorer with 21 points. Huber also hauled in five rebounds. First year guard Emily Kanester (Vernon, BC) dropped 18 points in the absence of UBC Okanagan’s starting guards Madison Kaneda (4th year, Vernon, BC) and Ashley Briker (3rd year, West Kelowna, BC). Krystal Schouten (2nd year, post, Winnipeg, MB) and Laura Campbell (2nd year, post, Surrey, BC) also grabbed five boards to tie for the team lead with Huber.
Audrey Siebert-Timmer played her final game for UBC Okanagan this afternoon (Photo by Steve Shulhan).
TRU would extend their first quarter lead to 19 midway through the second frame. From there Huber and Kanester keyed a Heat run to cut the lead to 10 at the half, this after a gorgeous last second take to the basket by Krystal Schouten. In the third quarter the ‘Pack extended their lead back to 19 and held the near 20 point lead until the final three minutes when UBC Okanagan cut the lead to 10 and forced TRU to call a timeout. The Heat would get no closer as the game finished with the score 69-59 for TRU.
Audrey Siebert-Timmer’s (pictured at left) career as a Heat athlete finished with tonight’s game, as she will be transferring to UBC Vancouver to begin her Master’s degree in Engineering. In her 5 years at UBC Okanagan, Siebert-Timmer reflected on her time spent with varsity athletes past and present. “I had a great time with the team[s]. I made some really good friends that I’ve stayed connected even though they’re off the team now. It’s been a great experience.”
Heat head coach Heather Semeniuk had high praise for Siebert-Timmer and shared some thoughts on her departure: “It would be great to have her for one more year – you just can’t coach that size. She’s a really coordinated athlete, comes with a lot of stuff that we could use yet. She has all the qualities that you want in a person coming on your team. She’s respectful, good to her teammates, team is everything to her, she loves her time with her team. She’s an all-around good person; she’ll be greatly missed.”
“It was a little bit of a roller coaster [season],” reflected Semeniuk. “I thought right from the beginning when we started exhibition play in September that we made some progressive steps every weekend, through exhibition and into league play.”
The Heat close out their first season in Canada West with 2 wins and 16 losses. The WolfPack now move into the Canada West quarterfinals February 24.
HEAT NOTES: The Heat improved their turnovers from 39 last night to only 23 tonight, while TRU had 27 turnovers in tonight’s game. The WolfPack were better able to capitalize on the turnover though, managing 31 points off of the Heat ‘s 23 turnovers while UBC Okanagan translated the 27 TRU turnovers into 17 points…For both teams all the players that dressed in the final game saw at least four minutes of floor time…Emily Kanester’s 18 points tonight is 1 point shy of her career high of 19 (Jan. 7 vs. Winnipeg)….Huber’s 21 points tonight marked the fourth time she scored in the 20s this season. Every game she scored over 20 was on her home court. Huber averaged 16.8 points per game at home and 10.8 on the road this year.