In spite of current BCCAA Athlete of the Week Jenna Kantz’s best efforts, the Heat were unable to hold off a Timberwolves charge in the second half as UBC Okanagan fell to UNBC 65-58. Jenna Kantz finished the game with 25 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists, yet the rest of the team managed to score only 33 points on only 28.5% shooting from the field.
The first quarter saw a sublime performance from Kantz as the Timberwolves could not stop her. Jenna alone outscored UNBC in the first quarter 12 points to 9. The Heat led after 10 minutes of play 16-9.
During the second quarter the shooting woes for the Heat became apparent as they were only able to hit 4 of their 19 shots attempted, yet managed to keep the lead as they dominated the glass with 9 offensive rebounds in the quarter.
As head coach Heather Semeniuk noted, “We were leading at the half and playing pretty well to that point. Then in the third quarter we lost our composure against their press, made costly turnovers and allowed them to pull away. Our defense was not strong in the second half and we must do a better job of getting those defensive stops." The numbers don’t quite line up with Heather’s point about the turnovers since both halves saw the Heat turn the ball over equally: 13 in the first half and 14 in the second half. The second half turnovers led to easy offensive possessions for the Timberwolves, which turned the tide of the game as UBC Okanagan’s defense could just not hold. The Heat continued to struggle offensively in the second half, and with UNBC able to hold Jenna Kantz to just 9 points in the half the final score ended in the Timberwolves' favour, 65-58.
Coach Semeniuk did not want to go into the semester break with a loss but knew that this would be a tough win. UNBC has historically been a tough team to beat on their home court; they have a large partisan crowd that the Timberwolves play well in front of. Heather added, “I was disappointed with the loss because we showed that we could compete with UNBC for most of the game.”
The Heat are off until January 14th when they travel to Abbotsford to play Columbia Bible College, and then will be back on their home floor January 21st at 6:00pm to host Douglas College. The Heat will be busy over the break as they will host a Junior Girls' invitational basketball tournament January 7th and 8th.