Thompson Rivers used five players in double figures to send the UBC Okanagan Heat to a 106-58 loss in Kamloops on Friday night.
|UBC Okanagan (3-6)||15||2||16||25||58|
|Thompson Rivers (8-1)||30||30||28||18||106|
KAMLOOPS, BC – The UBC Okanagan Heat played a historic game as they fell to the Thompson Rivers WolfPack 106-58. TRU, who lead the Explorer Division notched 100 points for the first time in nearly four years—and for the second time in their CIS history Friday night (Jan 9). The game was played at the Warner Rentals Court at the Tournament Capital Centre.
“Just crazy,” and “never seen a stat sheet like that,” where the descriptors Heather Semeniuk, the 21 year veteran head coach of the UBC Okanagan Heat women’s basketball team came up with when describing her team’s 48 point loss on Friday night in Kamloops.
Thompson Rivers, scored 60 points in the first half – 30 in each quarter – and went 9-15 (60.0%) from the three point line in the first half.
With TRU seemingly never missing coach Semeniuk’s team started to make mistakes or as she called it became “desperate to score,” compounding the WolfPacks advantage.
In the first half UBC Okanagan shot just 6-36 (16.7%) and were outrebounded 39-20 with 14 Heat turnovers.
“We shot the ball so well in the first half,” said WolfPack head coach Scott Reeves. “When you shoot it that well its hard for the other team to react. It is very deflating when that happens. Give credit to UBCO, they showed a lot of character and a lot of heart to come back in the second half. They played us to a five point game in the second half.”
Halftime had coach Semeniuk talking about instructing her team to “swallow their pride,” and to focus on what they are “doing well and what we need to do better.”
This message worked as the game was much closer in the second half with UBC Okanagan playing better defence, especially when they went to a run and jump indicated coach Semeniuk.
This effort was noticed by TRU as well.
“We shot the ball so well in the first half,” said WolfPack head coach Scott Reeves. “When you shoot it that well it’s hard for the other team to react. It is very deflating when that happens. Give credit to UBCO, they showed a lot of character and a lot of heart to come back in the second half. They played us to a five point game in the second half.”
TRU had five players in double figures and seven players hit as three during the game, five players hit more than one from long distance.
Emma Piggin and Taiysa Worsfold both had 17 points. Piggin also had nine rebounds.
Michelle Bos had her sixth double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds (10 on defense).
Kassie Colonna (third year, forward, Invermere, BC) had 14 points while Emily VIlac (first year, forward, Kamloops, BC) added 10.
UBC Okanagan was led by Jessica Jarzdarehee (third year, Coquitlam, BC) who had 10 points. Shenelle Tamminen (second year, Calgary, AB) and Claire Elliot (second year, North Vancouver, BC) both added nine points.
Michaela England, a first year player from Chilliwack, scored her first Canada West points on Friday night. She finished with seven points and even knocked in a three.
Thompson Rivers has won their last six league games and seven overall. Their record with the win is now 8 and 1. The Heat fall to 3-6 on the season.
The two teams will battle again at the Warner Rentals Court on Saturday and both coaches know that tomorrow is another day and another game and it will be nothing like Friday’s result.
Coach Semeniuk is looking to “build on her team’s fourth quarter” – in which they score 25 and gave up only 18.
“I expect a different game tomorrow,” chime in Reeves. “They will get right after us like they did in the second half. We need to take care of the ball and get shots again.”
Tip off on Saturday (Jan 10) is 5 pm.
It will be shown on CanadaWest.TV.
~ With notes from Larry Read (TRU Sports Information)