Heat fall to Thunderbirds in Penticton for first action of 2013

Angela White, now in her fourth year, will be one of the leaders on this version of the Heat. (Photo by Dale Abbey)

Women’s Basketball (Preseason play)          

Saturday, September 28, 2013                               SCHEDULE & RESULTS
Penticton Secondary, Penticton, BC

Score  Total 
UBC 78
UBC Okanagan 41

PENTICTON, BC – Although the score was a bit one-sided Heather Semeniuk was pleased with the play of her young Heat women’s basketball squad after their first action of the season. The team played a 5 p.m. friendly versus the UBC Thunderbirds at Penticton Secondary this past Saturday (Sep 28), in which they fell to the Vancouver team 78-41.

Guard Angela White (4th year, N. Vancouver, BC) was the leading point getter for the Heat in Saturday’s balanced attack with 10, Tia Sadler (3rd year, guard, Golden, BC), and posts Krystal Schouten (4th year, Winnipeg, MB) and Julia Reichert (1st year, Princeton, BC) all notched seven.

The T-Birds, as a team, hit nine threes as second year guard Maggie Sundberg (Mansfield, CT) led all scorers with 19 points including five of the nine long bombs for UBC. Fourth year guard Kris Young (N. Vancouver, BC), the 2012-13 Canada West MVP, tallied seven points for the ‘Birds.

The T-Birds, who were bounced out of the Canada West playoffs last season in the first round by the Alberta Pandas, yet still feature CIS all-star in guard in Kris Young, will likely once again be one of the top teams in the nation. UBC looked that way on Saturday facing off against UBC Okanagan, for the Heat’s first action of 2013-14.

The Heat, with the graduation of two key players in Roz Huber and Madison Kaneda, both of whom logged major minutes the past few seasons, will be a relatively young team with a lot of minutes for those young players to fill this season.

Head coach Heather Semeniuk was pleased following Saturday’s games with the play of some of her talented newcomers, and recanted a few specific examples of the energy and talent these first year players have.

Heather was pleased with the defensive pressure applied to Kris Young by freshman guard Olivia Johnson (Kelowna, BC). Young not only was player of the year but she also represented Canada in basketball this past summer at the Universiade in Russia.

Another highlight was the play of the 6-foot 2 post player from Princeton, Julia Reichert, another freshman, she played well inside and showed signs of versatility on the perimeter when Semeniuk had her on the floor with fellow post Krystal Schouten.

The next action for the Heat women’s basketball team will be in Kamloops at the Tournament Capital Centre where they will play the home Thompson Rivers WolfPack on Friday (Oct 11) and the UNBC Timberwolves on Saturday (Oct 12). Game times yet to be announced.



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