Despite a UNBC comeback attempt, Claire Elliott’s long three at the end of the shot clock would seal a UBC Okanagan win on Thursday night. Rematch and final game of the season is Friday at 8 p.m.
Women's Basketball (Canada West conference play)
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KELOWNA, B.C. – For the penultimate game of the season the UBC Okanagan Heat women’s basketball team hosted the UNBC Timberwolves Thursday night in a 66-60 result for the home team, the Heat’s fifth win of the season.
Enjoying a sizeable lead of 39-26 heading into the half, buoyed largely by Heat fourth-year Sarah Allison, fifth-year UNBC forward Sarah Robin would put her team on her shoulders and spark a charge to take the third period 20-11 to cut the deficit to four heading into the final quarter.
The Heat would rebound to stave off the Timberwolves, and when second-year guard Claire Elliott drilled a three-ball with 38 seconds left to push it back to 63-56, the dagger appeared to be in the coffin.
Robin would continue her work of miracles to keep her team in the game, however, dominating the following possessions to first make a critical free-throw and then sink an improbable fade-away three in traffic to cut the lead to three 63-60 with still 19 seconds left.
Coming out of a timeout, the Heat players clamped down hard on defense and fought their way through the full-court trap employed by the Timberwolves, with Angela White, playing the final two games of her career, calmly sinking three more free-throws to ice the night.
Robin would wrap up with a game-high 26 points to go with eight rebounds. Athens product Vasiliki Louka finished behind Robin with 14 points and seven rebounds. Jasprit Nijjar just missed a double-double for the Timberwolves with 10 points and nine rebounds.
Allison would lead the Heat with 23 points. Third-year forward Kayla McFadden also had a near double-double with 15 points and nine boards.
White would earn Heat Player of the Game honours behind an excellent defensive showing highlighted by seven steals to go with six points and five rebounds.
The Heat forced 33 turnovers out of the Timberwolves, creating 31 points off of turnovers including 19 team steals.
UNBC won the battle of the boards 50-42, though the Heat outshined their opponents in offensive boards 16-7 for 17 second chance points to the Timberwolves’ six.
UBC Okanagan improves now to 5-14 for the 2014-15 Canada West regular season to snap their six-game slide, while UNBC falls to 2-16 now on a five-game dip.
Both teams will play their final games of the season Friday night at 8 p.m. at the UBC Okanagan gymnasium.
Watch the action online and stream live stats at canadawest.tv.
HEAT NOTES: Friday night UBC Okanagan will celebrate senior’s night, when the Heat family will bid farewell to outgoing women’s basketball players Angela White and Tia Sadler, as well as honour long-serving head coach Heather Semeniuk, who is set to retire following 21 years at the helm.
Friday night's game will be the 4th annual KidSport Game. For every three pointer made by the Heat $50 will be donated to KidSport™. KidSport™ Kelowna was launched in the 2002 and provides grants for local children 18 years and under to participate in a sports. Last year KidSportTM earned $500 off the ten three-pointers potted by the Heat.