UBC Okanagan picks UNBC’s pockets 18 times for 27 points off turnovers in a decisive 72-58 win Friday night in Prince George. Jazdarehee nets 17.
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Prince George, BC – The UBC Okanagan Heat took a convincing 72-58 win over the UNBC Timberwolves Friday night at the Northern Sports Centre in Canada West women’s basketball action. The UBC Okanagan Heat move on to (3-4) while the Timberwolves drop to (0-7) on the season.
The Heat tallied four players in double-digits and were led by third year guard Jessica Jazdarehee (Coquitlam,BC) who drove her team to victory with 17 points and five rebounds. Adding to the Heat’s score line were Sarah Allison (Surrey, BC) with 15 points, Kayla McFadden (Pitt Meadows, BC) who added 13 points and six rebounds, while Shenelle Tamminen (Calgary, AB) chipped in 12 points off the bench.
The Timberwolves stand-out Sarah Robin (Prince Rupert, BC) was the lone UNBC player to score over 10 points. Robin led the Timberwolves with a season high 20 points. Jasprit Nijjar (Vancouver, BC) pulled in 12 boards, while Vasiliki Louka (Athens, GRE) added 11 of her own.
The Timberwolves battled in the first half, keeping within reach of the Heat. Robin hit back-to-back jumpers off a steal to put the Twolves within four points of the Heat, which spurred a UNBC run. Mavia Nijjer (Prince George, BC) sunk a pull-up jumper capping off an 8-0 run but the Heat would answer with one of their own before the final whistle. At halftime the Timberwolves trailed 34-32.
The Heat started the second half strong with a 10-0 run, prompting a UNBC timeout. After the time-out Kylie Pozniak (Okotoks, AB) went coast to coast for the Twolves, followed by another Robin jumper to bring the her team back within five. UNBC trailed by only eight points, 62-54, heading into the final quarter. The fourth quarter saw the Heat pull away, holding the Twolves to four points in the final 10 minutes. At the final whistle the UBC Okanagan Heat downed the host Timberwolves 72-58.
It was an excellent defensive showing by the visiting Heat who rode their defense to victory. “Better team defense was a focus of ours before the game and I think we did a good job carrying that out,” said Jazdarehee postgame. “[We had] better rotations and collapsing on ball…full court press helped [too].”
The suffocating press turned up 18 steals which would amount to 27 points off of turnovers for the visiting Kelowna squad, Kayla McFadden dug out five steals in the post to lead the team.
“It will be interesting to see how both teams will adjust,” Jazdarehee added, commenting on their rematch tomorrow to close out the semester. “Hopefully we can keep being aggressive and attacking the rim.”
The UNBC Timberwolves and the UBC Okanagan Heat return to the Northern Sport Centre tomorrow night for a rematch. The game is set to tipoff at 5 p.m. and will be streamed live at canadawest.tv
~ With notes from Jesse Olynyk (UNBC Sports Information)