Elliott and White combine for 24 in loss to MacEwan. Seniors’ night next Friday in Kelowna.
Women's Basketball (Canada West conference play)
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EDMONTON, AB – The MacEwan University Griffins women’s basketball team hosted their final game of the season with UBC Okanagan, and the visiting Heat would eventually fall 77-61 Saturday night in Edmonton despite Claire Elliott’s 13-7-4 night (points, rebounds, assists).
The Griffins opened the game on a 14-2 run, highlighted by a pair of three-pointers from Kendall Lydon. A couple of fast break baskets brought the Heat back into striking distance as the Griffins finished the opener with a 16-10 lead.
Both teams struggled to sustain runs in the second half as they traded baskets. Claire Elliot picked up five points to pace the Heat. Megan Wood went 4-5 from the field in the second quarter for eight points as the Griffins took a 34-26 halftime lead.
Wood hit the first two shots of the second half as the Griffins opened up a 12-point lead. The Heat continued to score by committee as Sarah Allison led the way with four points; her team continued to struggle to put runs together. The Griffins took a 51-39 lead into the final quarter.
The Heat were never able to cut the Griffins’ lead to single digits as Lydon put up 11 points down the stretch to seal the game.
Lydon finished with a game-high 25 points and added nine rebounds to be named the Griffins player of the game. Angela White scored 11 to earn the honours for the Heat.
MacEwan improves its record to 14-4 while the Heat sit in reversed spots at 4-14.
Both teams will conclude their regular season next weekend. The Griffins will head to Calgary for a pair of games against the Mount Royal Cougars with the first game scheduled for Friday evening at 6 p.m.
The Heat will return home to host the University of Northern British Columbia Timberwolves with action getting underway Thursday evening at 8 p.m. White and Tia Sadler will be recognized for in a brief ceremony to celebrate for seniors’ night just prior to the final home game. The upcoming weekend the Heat will also say farewell to retiring women's coach Heather Semeniuk, who will be finishing up her 21 year career as head coach at the school.
Watch the action online and stream live stats at canadawest.tv.
~ With notes from Lindsey Bax (MacEwan Sports Information)