It was a stat-sheet stuffing night for the Women’s Basketball team when they played host to the Langara Falcons Friday night, cruising to an 80-47 win. Kiersten Shulhan was awarded the East Side Mario’s/Landmark Cinema’s Player of the Game award for her consistently stellar play, being the anchor to a defense that finds itself strengthening each time out. She finished with 8 points, 11 rebounds (9 of which were at the defensive end) and 1 block.
The Heat came out the gate running hard against their opponents, grabbing two steals in the first minute and half, including a pocket-picking by Jenna Kantz, who took it coast-to-coast, getting the hoop, harm, and converting on her free throw. The Heat were red-hot the first half, scoring 29 points in the 1st quarter alone before going into halftime up 44-20 while shooting 46% from the field. Kantz alone accounted for 16 of those points, connecting on 7/11. She finished a big stat night with 24 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 7 steals.
The Heat held their opponents to an impressively low 9 points in the second quarter, and only 11 in the 1st and 4th. However, the Heat struggled to take care of the rock all game long, turning the ball over 25 times. However, due to their consistent defensive play (20 steals) and a weaker opposing offense (25.9% opp. FG over 53 shots) the women were able to comfortably stay ahead all game long.
Minutes were divvied up considerably this game, with most everyone on the roster seeing the court for more than 12 minutes each. Together the Heat’s bench outscored the Falcons’ bench, accounting for 18 of the team’s points. “Benches are key,” Shulhan said. “A lot of our tighter games you win from the bench.”
All 5 starters still got everything they wanted, however. Besides Kantz’s MVP-like performance showings, Roslyn Huber scored 14 and grabbed a game-high 15 rebounds, Ashley Briker put up 9 points, dishing out 4 assists and picking away 4 steals, and Madison Kaneda finished with 7 points on 50% shooting and 2 steals.
Defense has been an ever-increasing priority for the women’s team, who have won every game since the beginning of second semester by double-digits. “Our defense [has been] really key,” Shulhan added, commenting on the effort the team has put into improving their defense since the break. As a team they pulled down 37 defensive rebounds alone, out of their total 56.
The Heat, still looking to climb the league standings with less than half the season to play and provincials soon upon them, continue their fight Saturday night in a rematch against the Falcons.