Women’s Basketball (Canada West conference play)
Envision Athletics Centre, Abbotsford, B.C.
|Score by Periods||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Total|
|UBC Okanagan||15||7||13||17||52||Record: (3-13)|
|Fraser Valley||7||19||24||15||65||Record: (12-4)|
ABBOTSFORD, BC - For the second straight night second year guard Jessica Jazdarehee led the UBC Okanagan Heat women’s basketball team in scoring, and for the second straight night it wasn’t enough as the Heat lost to their ninth ranked host, the Fraser Valley Cascades 65-52 Saturday night in Abbotsford.
Jazdarehee set a career high with 15 points a career high for the Coquitlam guard as she responded with a great game after head coach Heather Semeniuk elected to start the sophomore.
“Just driving and playing super aggressively,” explained Jessica on how she managed a career high when the rest of the Heat seemed to have a hard time finding clean looks. Jessica felt right at home in the starting lineup; hailing from Coquitlam Jessica was able to rely on familiarity with her opponents.
“I think I was honestly just used to playing against them. We've been matched up lots at tournaments for the last two summers,” she finished.
Although no other member of the Heat reached double digits in scoring, UBC Okanagan found offense from their starting pair of third year guards, Emily Kanester (Vernon, BC) and Sarah Allison (South Surrey, BC), with nine and seven points respectively. Starting forward Kayla McFadden (2nd year, Pitt Meadows, BC) led the team with eight rebounds and added eight points as well.
The Heat dominated the first frame defensively holding the high scoring Cascades to just seven points, building an eight point lead, which disappeared in less than four minutes into the second. UBC Okanagan went half the quarter without scoring and managed just one field goal and five free throws in the second, leading to a four point deficit at the half for UBC Okanagan, 26-22.
The Cascades extended their lead throughout the third quarter, and had a 15 point bulge into the fourth. The Heat let Fraser Valley go up by as much as 20 before finishing the game on a 17-10 run to finish up with the 13 point loss (65-52).
The Cascades made up for their early shooting woes by dominating the battle of the boards, hauling down 39 rebounds on the night compared to the Heat’s 21.
Sarah Wierks had 16 points, ten rebounds, and three steals for the Cascades, who also received important contributions from Aieisha Luyken with 12 points, and Shayna Litman who scorched the Heat for 13 points in 12 minutes.
“We just played more like a team and shared the ball better,” shared Heat head coach Heather Semeniuk. “We weren't so freaked out on offense. I’m really proud of the girls," as she explained their improvement against the same team in just one day.
With the loss the Heat move down to 3-13 while the Cascades get up to 12-4. The Cascades remain at home next weekend to take on the University of Regina Cougars and the Brandon Bobcats, while the Heat will take on the University of Winnipeg Wesmen at UBC’s Okanagan campus gymnasium on Friday January 31 at 6 p.m. PST, followed by the University of Manitoba Bisons at 5 p.m. PST.