For a second straight Friday UBC Okanagan plays into overtime. Today the result was different, a 17-2 OT allows the Heat to win 87-72, their first conference win of the year.
Women's Basketball (Canada West conference play)
|UBC Okanagan (1-2)||18||20||12||20||17||87|
|Mount Royal (0-3)||15||19||13||23||2||72|
CALGARY, AB - Sarah Allison scored four of her career high 32 points in the overtime period in Calgary on Mount Royal’s Kenyon Court to give the UBC Okanagan Heat women’s basketball team their first win of the season, an 87-72 declawing of the host Cougars.
“They just knew they were going to win” coach Heather Semeniuk said her team told her as they played into a second straight overtime period on a Friday night.
Last week’s overtime game saw the UBC Okanagan Heat fall to the Fraser Valley Cascades 82-75, but today veterans Sarah Allison and Angela White told their coach they would handle it in overtime and the Heat did. UBC Okanagan outscored the home Cougars 17-2 in the five minute extra period including a 12-0 run to start OT, and put an exclamation point on the team’s win.
It was eerily similar to last Friday’s loss as UBC Okanagan had a lead late, couldn’t ice the game with free throws and saw their opponent knot the score at 70 (both games) as time was close to expiring.
Allison was dominant for the Heat, scoring 32 points and going 13-14 from the free-throw line and 3-8 from long-distance, she also pulled down seven rebounds. Also coming up clutch for the Heat was Shenelle Tamminen, scoring 19 points including a three-pointer in the final two minutes of regulation and two more in the extra frame.
With just over a minute left in the fourth, Tamminen nailed a three to give the Heat a 67-62 lead. MRU would score four straight points to trail by two, and down 69-68, they fouled Allison, who was perfect on the night from the charity stripe. Allison missed the first shot but made the second, giving the Heat a two point lead. With 9.2 seconds left and starting from their own baseline, the Cougars rushed up the court and first-year Jayla Verney was able to sink a floater just before the buzzer to force OT.
In the first quarter, UBC Okanagan held an 18-15 lead as Allison added seven points. Mount Royal committed seven fouls and was in trouble early on. UBC Okanagan took advantage of Mount Royal’s inability to defend cleanly, drawing 27 fouls and shooting 45 free throws (32-45), in which they turned into 32 points.
Entering half time, the Heat held a four-point lead of 38-34. Melissa Moore had eight points and six rebounds off the bench as the Cougars continued to hang on. The game was close as the Cougars played the heat tough through the third and trailed UBC Okanagan by just three as they entered the fourth, 50-47.
Leading the charge for Mount Royal was Tyleigha Nelson with 14 for Mount Royal. Moore of the Cougars recorded a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.
Kayla McFadden for UBC Okanagan also had a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds to lead UBC Okanagan on the glass and as a team the Heat outrebounded the Cougars 44-43 in the contest.
With the win UBC Okanagan moves to 1-2 and will look to move to .500 with another win in Calgary, with the loss, MRU falls to 0-3. Tomorrow, the teams will rematch once again at Kenyon Court starting at 5 p.m. Games can be viewed online at CanadaWest.tv
~ With notes from Justin McCaffrey, Sports Information Director, Mount Royal University