Friday September 28, 2012
G.W. Graham Secondary, Chilliwack, BC
Fraser Valley Cascades def. the UBC Okanagan Heat
Fraser Valley Cascades...........78
Top Heat Scorers:
Sarah Allison (2nd year, guard, South Surrey, BC) – 9 pts.
Angela White (3rd year, guard, N. Vancouver, BC) – 7 pts.
Saturday September 29, 2012
Langley Events Centre, Langley, BC
Trinity Western Spartans def. the UBC Okanagan Heat
Trinity Western............... 19 17 23 16 - 75
UBC Okanagan.................. 12 11 17 19 - 59
The UBC Okanagan women’s basketball team played two games in two nights, struggling to score in both as they fell first to Fraser Valley (79-50) on Friday, Sep 28, and then to Trinity Western (75-59) on Saturday, Sep 29.
The Heat struggled against the Fraser Valley Cascades in a special community engagement game at G.W. Graham in Chilliwack Friday. The much larger and more experienced Cascades took advantage of the Heat, who were missing starting post Krystal Schouten (3rd year, Winnipeg, MB), unable to dress for the team’s first two games while dealing with a lingering ankle injury.
UBC Okanagan was led in scoring by newcomer Sarah Allison (2nd year, Surrey, BC) on Friday. The University of Calgary transfer led the balanced scoring attack of the Heat with nine points. Angela White, the third year guard from North Vancouver finished with seven points; second on the team.
Head coach Heather Semeniuk was pleased with the team’s effort in their first exhibition game of the season. Semeniuk thought that other than a third period that saw the Cascades outscore the Heat by 20 (28-8), the Heat played well. Semeniuk was also pleased with how the team’s defense improved throughout the game and how the women played strong in the fourth quarter.
Angela White thought the team may have been a little tight or emotional in the third quarter, and that was key to the Cascade run.
“We were so passionate about winning that in the third quarter our emotions and desire to win took control,” explained White. “We were possibly forcing play both offensively and defensively in the third.”
The Saturday evening tilt in Langley versus the Spartans was no easier for the Heat after the outpouring of emotions on Friday night.
This lack of focus was a problem for the Heat, as the team committed numerous turnovers to a high-pressure Spartans defense.
Coach Semeniuk definitely noticed after the game that the team was mentally and physically fatigued from Friday and that they were “out of sync, especially [the] veterans. They stopped playing together as a unit.”
The women’s basketball team from UBC Okanagan will search for positives in their next weekend series on October 12-13th, as the team travels to Victoria to face the University of Victoria Vikes for two games.
Both games are scheduled for a 6:00 PM start.