Tournament Capital Centre, Kamloops, BC
Thompson Rivers WolfPack (8-9) def. the UBC Okanagan Heat (2-15)
Score by Periods 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
UBC Okanagan.................. 9 15 12 6 - 42
Thompson Rivers............... 16 21 16 27 - 80
Kamloops, B.C. - The UBC Okanagan Heat were unable to overcome the emotion of the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack on seniors night, playing for a playoff berth and the 39 turnovers the Heat committed and missing three quarters of the shots they had taken, falling to TRU 80-42. With the win the WolfPack put themselves into the playoffs for the first time in their seven year CIS history.
"We are not going to win a game like that," commented Heat head coach Heather Semeniuk when looking at her stats sheet and seeing the 39 turnovers and the 25 percent shooting.
Heather felt like her team had some strong stretches of play and started the game off well: "We had a couple of quarters where we were just hanging around, especially in the first quarter we were just hanging around," Semeniuk explains.
The Heat trailed by 7 at the end of the first and cut the lead to one point after a three from point guard Ashley Briker (3rd year, West Kelowna, BC) halfway into the second bringing the score to 22-21. After that point the WolfPack shut the Heat down finishing the half on a 15-3 run.
UBC Okanagan was led by Roslyn Huber (4th year, post, Kelowna, BC). She had 12 points and six rebounds, Briker finished up with six points, sophomore Angela White (Guard, N. Vancouver, BC) added seven points and four steals.
TRU was led by Diane Schuetze (4th year, post, Vernon, BC) who had 19 points and five rebounds. Tracy Kocs (4th year, forward, Coquitlam, BC) had 17 points: ten of which were scored in the fourth quarter. The other TRU player in double digits was Jen Ju (4th year, guard, Vancouver, BC). She had 14 points.
WolfPack head coach Scott Reeves felt it was by no means an easy victory. “UBCO didn’t go away by any stretch of the imagination,” he said. “They wanted to fight and compete even though they weren’t going to the playoffs and they made it tough on us to score. We turned over the ball over too many times.”
The victory ups the WolfPack record to 8 and 9 while UBC Okanagan falls to 2 and 15.
"We will just regroup head home and try and put a game together tomorrow,” says Semeniuk. “Tomorrow we will see what they do, but we will likely be without Ashley. My poor freshman point guard is going to have to step up big."
The two teams will finish out the 2011-12 Canada West regular season Sunday (Feb 12) in Kelowna, B.C., and the game will tipoff at 4 p.m. The Heat will honour graduating forward Audrey Siebert-Timmer (4th year, Calgary, AB)
The Canada West quarterfinals will start February 23rd. TRU will play their first playoff games on the road.
HEAT NOTES: Ashley Briker was hit in the nose with an elbow and was taken to a hospital for precautionary x-rays. As such she will likely not dress for tomorrow...If Briker is a scratch the team will be playing its final game without its projected three starting guards from the beginning of the season as Madison Kaneda has been shut down for the season several weeks ago and Melissa Irish red-shirted this year with complications due to her reconstructed knee.
WOLFPACK NOTES: The game marked the final appearance at home for the WolfPack’s three fifth year players: Kailey Colonna (post, Invermere, BC), Michelle Dimond (forward, Port Moody, BC) and Kaitlyn Widsten (guard, Tsawwassen, BC).
Colonna had six points and three rebounds.
“Today was surreal,” she explained afterwards. “It didn’t seem like it was the last of everything. It didn’t sink in until the final buzzer sounded and we had the ceremony. I am glad we are going to play at least another game.”
“Fantastic,” said Dimond when she learned that they have made it to the post season. “We have worked so hard for this all year.” Dimond had eight points and eight rebounds while Widsten wound up with seven points and two rebounds.
“They were gutsy,” Reeves stated about the three’s performance. “They have worked so hard. I’m glad they could finish it here with a result like this.”
- with notes Larry Reed (Thompson Rivers University, Sports Information Officer)