The Women’s Basketball team blew out Langara Saturday night 78-47, with 3 starters scoring 15+ points. Roslyn Huber was named the East Side Mario’s Player of the Game, finishing with a double double (22 points, 17 rebounds) and 5 blocked shots.
The Falcons’ defense picked up considerably to open the game compared to their previous night’s matchup with the Heat. The Heat were held to 9 fewer points in the first quarter (20 vs 29) and were only ahead by 6 at the quarter’s end. Langara’s 2-3 zone upset the Heat’s early offensive rhythm, forcing three shot clock violations during the first half alone. However, the Heat only stumbled, never tripped, managing to stay comfortably ahead 41-23 by halftime. Jenna Kantz and Roz Huber combined for 28 of those points, while Ashley Briker contributed another 10 that included three 3-pointers, shooting 50% from the outside.
The Heat never looked back after halftime, further extending their lead to as many as 32 points at one point (76-44). For a team whose roster is deep and whose bench regularly puts up big numbers, it was the 5 starters who kept the team coasting. Jenna Kantz finished with a game-high 25 points and 6 assists, Ashley Briker finished with 17 and 8, Huber her double-double and 5 blocked shots, Madison Kaneda with 7 steals and Kierston Shulhan with 4 points and 3 rebounds.
“We play a running game very well,” Forward Nicole Dale commented after the game. The Heat worked a fast paced offense tonight, taking 70 shots (connecting on 28) and moving the ball around enough to the tune of 23 assists. The girls weren’t afraid to take the ball hard to the rack no matter what, and were rewarded with 12 trips to the foul line where they made an extra 14 points.
Defense, of course, remains a consistent factor in their team’s success. They forced the Falcons into an 8-25 assist-to-turnover ratio, and stole the ball 12 times that turned into 23 points off of turnovers. “We don’t really often work on [our defense] specifically in practice, and do drills,” Dale said. “We do a lot of scrimmaging though, like an hour during practice, and we work on it against each other, and push each other.”
The Heat are now on 6-game win streak, perfect since the beginning of 2nd semester. They’re now a top 3 seed with 2nd, or even better, the top spot perfectly in sight. Their bid for a top spot begins next weekend when they take on the Number 2 ranked Vancouver Island Mariners. “VIU is a bigger team than us,” Nicole Dale also commented. “We’re not so much a big team as we are a quick, running team, so that’s how we’re going to attack them.”
The team is on the road against VIU in Nanaimo next Friday and Saturday.