Game Times (All times in PST)
FRIDAY (FEB 7): Heat Women’s Basketball – at the UBC Thunderbirds (6 p.m.)
SATURDAY(FEB 8): Heat Women’s Basketball – at the UBC Thunderbirds (5 p.m.)
LOCATION: To be played at the War Memorial Gymnasium, Vancouver, BC
TICKETS: Thunderbird ticket info
|UBC OKANAGAN HEAT||No. 10 UBC THUNDERBIRDS|
HEAT (4-19, 3-15 Canada West) SCHEDULE & RESULTS | ROSTER | STATS
CIS National Ranking: N/A
CanWest Standings: 7th Pacific Division
Last week: 0-2; vs. Winnipeg Fri, L 72-45; vs Manitoba Sat, L 74-67
Streak: 5 losses
2012-13 CanWest Record: 6-16 (7th, Pacific)
2013 CanWest Playoffs: N/A
2013 CIS Tournament: N/A
Last CanWest Title: N/A
Last CIS Title: N/A
Head-to-head: The Heat are 0-4 against the Thunderbirds since joining Canada West in 2011-12. The closest they came was on January 26 of last year when they dropped a contest by 7, 62-55 at home.
Last Weekend: Hosting two Prairie Division opponents last weekend, Winnipeg and Manitoba, the Heat were unsuccessful in their bid to defend home court, losing 72-45 Friday to Winnipeg and 74-67 Saturday to Manitoba. Winners of six straight games, UBC continued to roll on the road last weekend in games versus Lethbridge and Calgary. Friday night UBC trounced the Pronghorns 68-55, and then proceeded to down the Dinos in a close one 56-53.
Spreading the wealth: The Heat have had trouble with getting into situations that force one-on-one situations, and their assist totals are better only to the 16th ranked Mount Royals (8.8 and 8.6, respectively). Meanwhile, the Thunderbirds’ ability to move the ball has been a boon to their standings in the pacific, dishing out 13.7 assists per game (5th).
Repeat offense: The Heat ran into a bit of trouble last weekend against the visiting Wesmen when Winnipeg played the Heat’s game better. Forcing turnovers and generating a wealth of offense on the break or other easy layups, the Wesmen also took excellent care of the ball. The Thunderbirds are another team that is excellent at taking care of the ball, ranking second for their turnover rate with 17.9 turnovers per game. The Heat will need to find alternative ways to find baskets than off of forced turnovers, while taking care of the rock themselves.
Thunderbirds tandem: The Thunderbirds’ Kris Young and Harleen Sidhu are prolific scorers, leading the Thunderbirds in scoring with 17.5 and 15.1 points per game, respectively (6th and 9th in Canada West). The pair will be a defensive priority for the Heat.
Rookie confidence: Heat coach Heather Semeniuk has said on multiple occasions that she is not afraid to put her cast of strong first-years into game for some serious minutes. Since starting the second half of the season, Shenelle Tamminen and Claire Elliot have been averaging at least twenty minutes per game while putting up ten-plus point games on a regular basis.
|WOMEN’S TALE OF THE TAPE|
|57.9||Points per game||64.7|
|-9.4||Rebound margin per game||-0.4|
|73.1||Points per game allowed||59.3|
|.426||Opponents' Field goal percentage||.371|
|.308||Opponents' 3PT percentage||.304|
CIS National Ranking: No. 10
CanWest Standings: 1stT Pacific Division
Last week: 2-0: at Lethbridge Fri, W 68-55; at Calgary Sat, W 56-53
Streak: 6 wins
2012-13 conference record: 17-5 (2nd Pacific)
2013 playoffs: 0-2
Last CW title: 2012
Last CIS title: 2008
- preseason preview courtesy of Canadawest.org
Key additions: Harleen Sidhu, Lauren Seabrook, Kamila Wojciechowski
Key returnees: Kris Young, Cassandra Knievel, Adrienne Parkin, Maggie Sundberg, Stephanie Bell
Key departures: Leigh Stansfield, Zana Williams, Tori Spangehl
VANCOUVER – Canada West Most Valuable Player Kris Young leads a UBC Thunderbirds team that is working to return to the CIS women's basketball championship after a first-round playoff exit in 2013. Young was the only player in the league to finish in the top 10 in scoring, assists, rebounding and steals last year.
With no fifth-year seniors, the core group of the team is made up of Thunderbirds entering either their third or fourth years, such as Young. Another impact player will be newcomer Harleen Sidhu. She's a versatile forward who transferred to UBC from the University of Nebraska. The Surrey, B.C. native can score down low or from beyond the three-point arc.
Returning forwards on the UBC roster include Adrienne Parkin and Stephanie Bell while Cassandra Knievel and second-year player Maggie Sundberg round out the top of the Thunderbirds rotation.
Forwards Andrea Strujic, Erika Vieweg, Susan Thompson and guards Jaime Hills and Cherub Lum will all challenge for more playing time. Vieweg, Thompson and Lum were all limited by injuries last year.
In addition to Sidhu, UBC head coach Deb Huband recruited two other forwards to her program: former Western University player Lauren Seabrook and Kamila Wojciechowski.