Basketball (W), News Feed ( | October 4, 2010

Heat women drop two games in Kamloops


Roz Huber (Photo by Steve Shulhan)

In their first showing of the season the UBC Okanagan Heat women’s basketball team faced off against the University of Fraser Valley Cascades.  The opening minutes saw both teams struggle to put up points resulting in a low scoring, 13- 8 UFV lead after one quarter of play.  The Heat post defenders throughout the game battled hard against the bigger, stronger Cascade forcing them to take some tough shots.  Going into the halftime break the Heat trailed 29-19, to the Canada West squad.

After a quick rest, the team began to find their footing offensively as they went on to almost double their half-time score in the eventual 76-55 defeat.  Fifth year guard, Jenna Kantz lead the way with 16 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 assists while second year point guard Ashley Briker added 15 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 assists of her own.

In their second game of the weekend, the Heat women’s basketball team competed with host, Thompson Rivers University.  The Wolfpack started the game with a high intensity press forcing the Heat to scramble initially.   After the initial shock the Heat settled into the game and were able to break down the TRU press, scoring some easy fast break points to pull themselves back into the game at the end of the first quarter 21-10. Unable to find any rhythm offensively, the Heat continue to succumb to the high pressure TRU defence resulting in several more turnovers and trailed 42-16 at the half.

Fatigued bodies struggled to keep up with the strength of the TRU bench as the Wolfpack continued to pull away from the Heat.  In the end, the Heat fell in a lopsided TRU win, 80-40. Roz Huber led the Heat in scoring with her first double-double of the season (15 points, 10 rebounds).  Ashley Briker continued her strong play from the previous day with 10 points of her own versus TRU.

“This weekend was about getting better,” said assistant coach Kim Whelpton, “TRU has been competing in the CIS for a few years now making this game an excellent challenge for our relatively young team.  I think this game helped our girls recognize what it’s going to take to be successful in the future.  I’m very impressed with the work ethic I saw over the course of the weekend.”

The Heat play three games this weekend at Capilano University as they play Friday 4:30pm versus the Columbia Bible College; Saturday October 9, 6:45pm versus Capilano; and Sunday 10:45am versus Camosun College.

Saturday October 2, 2010

Thompson Rivers University – Kamloops BC
UBC Okanagan Heat - 55

University of Fraser Valley Cascades – 76

Sunday October 3, 2010
Thompson Rivers University – Kamloops BC

UBC Okanagan Heat - 40

Thompson Rivers University Wolfpack – 80

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