Women’s basketball holds own in pair of losses to powerhouse Canada West foes.
Women’s Basketball (Exhibition play) SCHEDULE & RESULTS
The UBC Okanagan Heat women’s basketball squad opened their preseason exhibition schedule with a back-to-back Friday and Saturday night against the Trinity Western Spartans and UBC Thunderbirds, respectively. Ultimately, the Heat returned home winless but not before third-year guard Jessica Jazdarehee (Coquitlam, BC) put in back-to-back double-figure games.
Friday, October 3rd, 2014 BOX SCORE
Trinity Western University Spartans vs. UBC Okanagan Heat
LANGLEY, B.C. – A resurgent fourth quarter would not be enough as the visiting Okanagan team was eventually downed by the hometown Spartans 84-76 Friday night.
TWU’s Jessica Brown led all scorers with 18 points to go along with four rebounds and two assists. Jazdarehee would lead the Heat in points scored with 17 and in rebounds with a tally of seven.
The Heat’s starting lineup features a cast of veterans each now in their third tour of Canada West competition. Together they put up 52 of the team’s points. Backup second-year players Shenelle Tamminen (Calgary, AB) and Claire Elliott (North Vancouver, BC) chipped in eight apiece.
UBC Okanagan’s backcourt continues to work on its ability to take care of the ball, and they would show only 20 turnovers while forcing out 25 out of the Spartans.
Saturday, October 4th, 2014 BOX SCORE
UBC Thunderbirds vs. UBC Okanagan Heat
VANCOUVER, B.C. – Saturday afternoon the Heat visited sister school the UBC Thunderbirds for a matinee match that would see Jazdarehee carry her team once again to the tune of 15 points in a 66-52 result in favor of the Thunderbirds.
UBC’s veteran guard Kris Young led the charge for the Thunderbirds with 20 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Forwards Kara Spotton and Harleen Sidhu dogged the Heat on the glass, putting 13 points, nine rebounds, and 10 points, seven rebounds, respectively.
Second-year guard Olivia Johnson (Kelowna, BC) led the Heat reserves with six points, four rebounds and two assists.
The Vancouver squad’s dominance of the charity ball was a profound edge in the Heat loss, as UBC Okanagan could only convert 46% of their attempts from that range, while their counterparts were a near perfect 15-16.
Due to the new structure of the conference, UBC Okanagan will not meet with either of these two squads again this season.
The Heat will continue their preseason action next at the Centennial Women’s Basketball Tournament at Dalhousie University from October 16-19 at the Sexton Memorial Gym. They will play host Dalhousie Friday, Laval Saturday and conclude the weekend’s action against York Sunday.