UBC Okanagan are unable to win their second in a row on Kenyon Court as they score just four point in the final four minutes to allow the Mount Royal Cougars to steal a win (60-55) in Calgary in Canada West women’s basketball.
Women’s Basketball (Canada West conference play)
|UBC Okanagan (1-3)||15||10||18||12||55|
|Mount Royal (0-3)||12||16||11||21||60|
CALGARY, AB – Back to back Jessica Jazdarehee layups in the first two minutes of the fourth quarter pushed the UBC Okanagan lead to seven (47-40), Mount Royal would close out the game with a 20-8 run in the final eight minutes to send the Heat to a 60-55 loss to the Cougars on Mount Royals Kenyon Court in Calgary in a low scoring women’s basketball game on Saturday night.
“It was a huge missed opportunity–to be that close to a win on the road, ” head coach Heather Semeniuk said in summing up her thoughts on the game.
“Mount Royal just played better down the stretch and we didn’t respond when we needed to – it just didn’t seem to happen tonight. Sometimes you come into a situation where the other team really brings it,” said coach Semeniuk who was admittedly a bit frustrated with the outcome. “We need to do better, that’s all there is to it. We needed to do a lot of things better.”
Fifth year guard Angela White led UBC Okanagan with a season high 14 points and hauled in seven rebounds. Jessica Jazdarehee finished with a game high 14 rebounds, she is now averaging 10.2 boards per game, fourth highest mark in the conference. The third year guard went for seven points and is second on the team averaging 11 points a game.
Friday night star Sarah Allison continues her trend of tremendous games on Fridays (28 and 32 points on the first two Friday’s respectively) followed by having a tougher time on Saturdays; today she finished with 10 points, last Saturday against UFV she finished with six.
An extremely close game saw both squads shoot exactly the same 34.9-percent (22-63) for the game. The Heat were able to connect on just 1-14 from long distance, and MRU did not fair much better as they went just 3-16 from long range. The battle on the glass was won by Mount Royal but by just one rebound, 37-36.
Free throws were a big reason for the UBC Okanagan win on Friday night going 32-45 from the charity stripe, compared to 9-18 for MRU. Tonight the Heat shot just 50-percent (10-20) while the Cougars shot a bit better than Friday hitting on 13-23 (56.5%). Scoring 22 points less from the free throw line from the previous night proved to be the difference in a win Friday and a loss today.
The Cougars were led by Jayla Verney with 19 points, including two free throws with seconds to play to put the game out of reach for the Kelowna squad. Vernry was the only Coug with double-digit points. Desiree Oakley was Mount Royal’s second highest point-getter with nine points including a three in the fourth quarter to give MRU their first lead in the fourth quarter. Candice Duckett finished with a team high 10 rebounds and eight points.
After a close first quarter the score was 15-12 for the Heat. Mount Royal Cougars were lead by Jayla Verney with 6 points, while the Heat were led by the scoring of Kayla McFadden who put up 8 of her 12 points in the game in the first.
After a late second quarter rally lead by Jayla Verney and some clutch 3 point shooting by Brooke Lister the Mount Royal Cougars took a 28-25 led into the half. At half time the Heat’s attack was lead by Angela White with 8 points, Mount Royal was lead by Jayla Verney with 10.
A late 3rd quarter push by the Heat puts them in a 43-39 lead going into the 4th quarter.
With the split in Calgary both teams finish week two of the Canada West schedule with a record of 1-3, the Cougars will head into their matchup in Prince George versus UNBC on a one game winning streak.
UBC Okanagan will head home and host the 3-1 MacEwan Griffins for a pair of games this Friday and Saturday. Tip-off on Friday will happen at the UBC Okanagan gymnasium at 6 p.m. on Friday and at 5 p.m. on Saturday.
~ With notes from Justin McCaffrey, Sports Information Director, Mount Royal University