Game Times (All times in PST)
THURSDAY (FEB 13): Heat Women’s Basketball – vs. the Thompson Rivers WolfPack (6 p.m.), at UBC’s Okanagan campus gymnasium
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SATURDAY(FEB 15): Heat Women’s Basketball – at the Thompson Rivers WolfPack (12 p.m.), To be played the Thompson Rivers Gymnasium, Kamloops, BC
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|UBC OKANAGAN HEAT||THOMPSON RIVERS WOLFPACK|
HEAT (4-21, 3-17 Canada West) SCHEDULE & RESULTS | ROSTER | STATS
CIS National Ranking: N/A
CanWest Standings: 7th Pacific Division
Last week: 0-2; vs.UBC Fri, L 83-57; Sat, L 68-55
Streak: 7 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 1-3 against the WolfPack in Canada West play, the lone victory was an emotional 68-65 win at home to close out the 2012-13 season and sendoff a trio of graduates in Madison Kaneda, Roslyn Huber and Melissa Irish.
Last Week: The Heat were unsuccessful in their bid to upset their sister school UBC last weekend in Vancouver, losing both contests 83-57 and 68-55. Claire Elliott had a great weekend in her hometown, notching 32 points in the two game series. The rookie has come alive over the past few weekends for the Heat, and the future looks extremely bright for the young guard.
As for TRU, the WolfPack were able to earn a weekend split with the Victoria Vikes, even if by the slimmest of margins. On Friday, the Vikes disposed of the ‘Pack quickly in the 77-60 win, but Saturday, TRU would hold off the late Vikes charge to win 84-82.
Motivations: The WolfPack have already stamped their ticket to the Canada West playoffs by locking up the fourth and final berth. Unable to catch third place Victoria and distanced from 5-15 Trinity Western, TRU may have little motivation besides the President’s Cup being awarded this weekend (see below). Meanwhile, the 3-17 Heat are on the outside of the playoff picture yet will continue to try and find win number four and snap their seven game losing streak to end the season on a good note.
President’s Cup: The President’s Cup was established in 1993 as a challenge between the then Okanagan University College (OUC) and the University College of the Cariboo (now TRU) and awarded a trophy for each gender for excellence in athletic competition. The cup has not been awarded since 2003 when TRU made the jump to the Canada Interuniversity Sport (CIS); now, with both school’s competing in the Canada West conference of the CIS, the cup will once again be awarded for the 2013-14 season this Saturday in Kamloops.
Seeing stars: The WolfPack’s Jorri Duxbury (Salmon Arm, BC) has been having an all-star type season, averaging 3.9 assists per game (5th), 35.2 minutes per game (5th), 14.5 points per game (10th) and 1.4 blocks per game (8th). Meanwhile, the Heat’s third-year guard Emily Kanester (Vernon, BC) has paired with fellow third-year backcourt companion Sarah Allison (South Surrey, BC) to form the head of the Heat’s offensive star power. Kanester and Allison are averaging 11.4 and 10.4 ppg, respectively. The former has been the team’s leading three-point shooter with 26 made threes while the latter continues to be excellent from the charity stripe, shooting 84%.
Rookie transitions: Heat coach Heather Semeniuk has been fortunate to have a quartet of rookies that have already grown into key pieces of her rotation. Claire Elliott (Vancouver, BC) has even received the starting nod four times though she has played starter minutes in 24 minutes of floor time per game while putting up 5.6 points per game and dishing out just under one assist per game. Shenelle Tamminen (Calgary, AB) has seen 12.7 minutes per contest and a bigger role since the second half of the season, now averaging 4.4 points and 2.2 rebounds per game.
Lastly, Olivia Johnson (Kelowna, BC) and Julia Reichert (Princeton, BC) have seen 14 and 10 minutes of floor time per game, respectively, while serving in specialized roles, particularly on the defensive end on the perimeter (in the former’s case) and the paint (in the latter’s case).
The Heat women’s basketball squad will be saying goodbye to a pair of upper-year players in fourth-year post Krystal Schouten (Winnipeg, MB) and third-year guard Laura Marcolin (Rothesay, NB). A brief ceremony will be held following the women’s game Thursday night at home to honor all of the Heat basketball players ending their careers in Heat uniform.
Krystal Schouten: A fourth-year post from Winnipeg, MB, Schouten began her post-secondary basketball life in a one-year stint at Quest University during the 2009-10 season before transferring over to UBC Okanagan the following year. After sitting out the 2010-11 season due to injury she officially joined the team on the court in the Heat’s inaugural Canada West campaign in 2011-12 where she would average 5.8 points and 4.8 rebounds per game.
Her best career game was a 20 point outing versus Regina in the 2012-13 season. This year she has started in 16 of the 18 games she has played and has averaged 6.2 points and 4.2 rebounds per contest.
Krystal will be leaving UBC Okanagan with a Bachelor in Human Kinetics.
Laura Marcolin: A third-year native to Rothesay, NB, Laura Marcolin will be hanging up her sneakers following her lone stint with the Heat following a series of battles with various injuries. She will be continuing to pursue studies in the management program at UBC Okanagan.
|WOMEN’S TALE OF THE TAPE|
|58.2||Points per game||62.3|
|-10.6||Rebound margin per game||-0.9|
|73.1||Points per game allowed||68.1|
|.423||Opponents' Field goal percentage||.376|
|.310||Opponents' 3PT percentage||.299|
CIS National Ranking: NR
CanWest Standings: 4th Pacific Division
Last week: 1-1: at UVIC Fri, L 77-60; Sat, W 84-82
Streak: 1 win
2012-13 conference record: 15-7 (4th Pacific)
2013 playoffs: 0-2
Last CW title: N/A
Last CIS title: N/A
- preseason preview courtesy of Canadawest.org
Key additions: Ryan Kennedy (F), Syd Williams (G), Kassie Colonna (F)
Key returnees: Jorri Duxbury (G), Taiysa Worsfold (F), Sarah Malate (G), Denise Spacek (G)
Key departures: Diane Schuetze, Jen Ju, Tracy Kocs
KAMLOOPS, BC – Scott Reeves and the TRU WolfPack begin a new phase of their history. For the past four years, Diane Schuetze and Jen Ju were the centerpieces of the Thompson Rivers basketball program.
The WolfPack will be looking at a more balanced attack this season.
Although they did lose some key components, Thompson Rivers still has a number of weapons. Jorri Duxbury (4th year, guard, Salmon Arm, BC) is poised to lead the way. Duxbury was one of the top players in the Canada West in 2012-13 in the areas of assists and minutes played.
Another player who is sure to see more attention this year is Taiysa Worsfold (3rd year, Kamloops, BC). Worsfold has solid skills at both ends of the court and is gaining confidence every year.
After red shirting last season, Lethbridge transfer Kassie Colonna (2nd year, forward/post, Invermere, BC) will definitely make an impact in the area of rebounding.
Sarah Malate (3rd year, guard, Calgary, AB), Jenna Quinton (guard, Calgary, AB) and Denise Spacek (guard, Port Coquitlam, BC) will play key roles.
The WolfPack bench includes Rae-Maryse Laljee (4th year, guard, Richmond, BC) and first-year recruits Ryan Kennedy (forward, Okotoks, AB) and Syd Williams (guard, Langley, BC).
Cathy Jordan (1st year, Nanaimo, BC) has international experience from red shirting with the Germany U-20 squad last year.