Women’s Basketball (Canada West conference play)
Kenyon Court, Mount Royal University, Calgary, AB
|Score by Periods||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Total|
|UBC Okanagan||18||19||20||23||80||Record: (1-2)|
|Mount Royal||18||22||13||20||73||Record: (0-3)|
CALGARY, AB – Third-year guard Sarah Allison (South Surrey, BC) scored 13 of her game-high 16 points in the second half for the UBC Okanagan Heat women’s basketball team, spoiling Mount Royal’s home opener Thursday evening in an 80-73 win over the Cougars on Kenyon Court.
UBC Okanagan, after the win tonight, improves to 1-2 while Mount Royal remains winless on the season and holds a record of 0-3.
An Alicia Tan (Calgary, AB) three for Mount Royal just before the buzzer wrapped up a great first half for the first year point guard and sent the Heat into the halftime break down 40-37.
Tan was a thorn in UBC Okanagan’s side the entire first half, scoring 15 points, grabbing four rebounds, dishing out four assists, and thieving four steals in a full 20 minutes of playing time to push the Cougars ahead at the half.
Heat head coach Heather Semeniuk made the necessary adjustments to slow the 5-foot point guard after the break.
“We made a point of denying her the middle,” explained the Heat bench boss on what her team was able to implement to slow down the Calgary guard. “[We] gapped her a bit and wore her down rotating four defenders on her.”
When asked what carried the team to victory coach Semeniuk did not hesitate and simply said “defense”, before elaborating a bit indicating that her team just seemed to have more “in the tank going down the stretch.”
Tan finished the game as the Cougars top point-getter with 22 points, adding seven rebounds, six assists, and seven steals. Jordan McLean was solid for Mount Royal as well with a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds. Danica Rybachuk, from Vernon, BC, also netted 16.
Emily Kanester kept the Heat in the game in the first half nailing 2-2 from downtown and scoring 10 of her 15 points in the first half. Krystal Schouten was clutch in the post and finished with 13 points and six rebounds.
Although turnovers plagued UBC Okanagan the entire game - coughing up the ball 25 times to 19 for the Cougars - fortunately Mount Royal was not as successful in turning those turnovers into points. The Heat outscored Mount Royal 24-20 off of turnovers.
With four minutes left in the third quarter, Allison scored five straight points that put the Heat in the lead for good. The big blow came with a three that pushed the lead to four points, where it remained until the end of the third, 57-53.
The Heat will look to start a win streak as these two teams will play the second half of their weekend set tomorrow night at 6 p.m. at Kenyon Court.
HEAT NOTES: Tia Sadler continues to score off the bench, netting 11 points in 12 minutes….The Heat bench outscored MRU’s 30-6….The Heat as a team made 5-7 (71.4%) from the three….In the last 30 seconds Claire Elliott made 3-4 free throws and Kayla McFadden made 2-2 to ice the game….The Heat have already made it to 50% of their total road wins from 2012-13 - last year they went 2-9 on the road and 4-7 at home.
- With notes from Justin McCaffrey (Cougars Sports Information)