Women's Basketball (Canada West conference play)
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EDMONTON, AB – The Griffins spoiled another huge night out of Sarah Allison as the Heat women’s basketball squad fell to MacEwan in Edmonton Friday night 69-67.
While both teams spent the first quarter settling into their systems, neither team was able to find any consistency offensively. The Griffins held a decisive 16-8 advantage in rebounds as they took the early 15-14 lead.
The Griffins continued to out rebound the Heat in the second quarter but could not capitalize as they shot just 22 per cent from the field. Allison paced her team with 11 first half points as the Heat took a 33-27 lead into halftime.
Kelly Fagan took over in the third quarter with 10 points and seven rebounds for the Griffins. As a team, the Heat were held to just four rebounds in the quarter as the Griffins retook the lead 52-46.
A late 11-0 run from a resurgent Heat tied the game at 65 with a minute to play. After Megan Wood missed a pair of free throws with five seconds remaining, Kayla Ivicak managed to grab a crucial rebound and rolled in the layup as the Griffins took the game 69-67.
"The girls fought hard and at no point before the final buzzer was the game over," said Allison postgame. "We shot better than we have in weeks, and lots of people stepped up. The atmosphere in the gym was buzzing and fun. We have absolutely nothing to lose at this point in the season and are looking forward to taking another crack at them tomorrow."
Indeed, the Heat shot 40.7% from the field and a ridiculous 50% from three-point range.
With a game-high 25 points, shooting 50 per cent from three-point range, Allison earned player of the game honours for the Heat.
Behind Allison, Kayla McFadden had an all-around game of 10 points, and four each of rebounds, assists, and steals.
Fagan dominated the glass all night finishing with 22 points and a game-high 20 rebounds to earn player of the game honours. Of her 20 rebounds 11 were registered as offensive tying the Canada West single-game record. Fagan would also continue her pursuit of the single season block record, adding four more to bring her league leading total to 52 on the year with three games remaining.
MacEwan's victory pushes their record to 13-4, having already secured a berth to the playoffs representing the Explorer Division. The Heat's record meanwhile moves to 4-13.
The rematch takes place Saturday evening with the opening tip off scheduled for 5:oo p.m. PST.
~ With notes from Lindsey Bax (MacEwan Sports Information)