Women’s Basketball (Canada West conference play)
UBC's Okanagan campus gymnasium, Kelowna, BC
|Score by Periods||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Total|
|Thompson Rivers||14||12||12||18||56||Record: (12-9)|
|UBC Okanagan||12||11||9||19||51||Record: (3-18)|
KELOWNA, B.C. - The hometown UBC Okanagan Heat women’s basketball squad hung tight with the visiting Thompson Rivers WolfPack Thursday night, but could not score in the final two minutes of the game to allow their opponents a 56-51 win.
Tied 51-51 with 2:03 to go after graduating Senior Krystal Schouten (Winnipeg, MB) made a clutch layup to bring the score even, a series of defensive lapses coupled with strong WolfPack play saw the Kamloops team go on a 5-0 run to take the first game of the weekend’s back to back, and the final home bout of the Heat’s 2013-14 season.
Schouten wound up with a team-high 12 points in her final home effort in Heat uniform. Guards’ Emily Kanester (3rd year, Vernon, BC) and Claire Elliott (1st year, Vancouver, BC) joined Schouten for Heat scorers in double digits with 10 and 11 points, respectively.
It was a poor shooting night for both teams, with neither able to make more than 34% of their shots. In addition, TRU shot a low 21% from the arc while the Heat shot 19%.
It was Kassie Colonna (17) and Jorri Doxbury (16) doing work for the ‘Pack, as they combined for 33 points. Sydney Williams was 0-10 from the floor for no points but was the leading board crasher with 10.
The top rebounder for UBC Okanagan was Emily Kanester with just four as the undersized home team was unable to keep the 'Pack off the glass, losing the rebounding battle 49-34. The size of TRU also led to an adavantage in the paint where the Heat were outscored 22-12, while on second chance points where the Heat managed just four baskets off of offensive rebounds and the 'Pack potted nine points.
The playoff bound WolfPack move to 12-9 with the win, locking up the fourth seed, while still waiting to see who their first round opponent will be between Alberta, Regina and Saskatchewan.
With the loss the Heat remain at three wins with a 3-18 record and will look to finish the season on a winning note as they don the blue and gold for one last time this season on Saturday.
Both UBC Okanagan and Thompson Rivers will square off in Kamloops on Saturday at 12 p.m. in the Thompson Rivers Gymnasium. Saturday following the game the Women's Presidents Cup will be awarded for the first time since 2003. The Presidents’ Cup was established in 1993 as a challenge between the then Okanagan University College (UBC’s Okanagan campus) and the University College of the Cariboo (Thompson Rivers University) and awarded a trophy for each gender for excellence in athletic competition.
With points awarded for each regular season win between the two institutions the women's team's from UBC Okanagan have three wins heading into the final competition (Golf, Volleyball-twice), with TRU garnering a win in basketball and soccer. Because the soccer teams tied one match the standings are in favour of UBC Okanagan 3-2-1.
If UBC Okanagan defeat the WolfPack in basketball on Saturday they will win the Cup. If TRU wins then both universities will be tied with three wins apiece, and the scoring will go to the first tiebreaker, which is total points for and against. With this scenario TRU must win in women's basketball by more than 45 points to earn the Cup. SCORING MATRIX