On the road to open their exhibition schedule the Heat women's basketball team dropped two close contests. Falling to UBC (57-45) on Friday and then dropping a (72-67) game to TWU in Langley on Saturday.
KELOWNA, BC – UBC Okanagan women's basketball started a new era this past weekend as Claire Meadows, the first year coach, had her squad play its first games of the season.
The Heat and the Thunderbirds played a low scoring game on Friday night at War Memorial Gymnasium, the 'Birds took the game after a fourth quarter run allowed them to edge UBC Okanagan (57-45) on their home court.
Saturday at the Langley Events Centre, the UBC Okanagan offense was more in-tune, unfortunately for the Heat the defense wasn't quite as tight and a late comeback was denied by the host Trinity Western Spartans in a (72-67) loss.
"The weekend was a great first start for our team," explains Meadows upon returning from the quick trip to the Lower Mainland. "We came out on Friday night against UBC with a lot of energy. Our defense was tenacious and we forced UBC to have to play zone defense for almost three quarters of the game. That slowed the tempo of the game down and played into UBC's favour as we have not yet worked on our zone offence."
"The Trinity Western game was close from start to finish. Our defense was not as strong as it was on Friday night (giving up 72 points) but our offence was able to get some rhythm."
"All in all it was a great learning weekend for our team and we have a lot of positives to move forward with," concludes Meadows.
In the Friday game versus the 'Birds Meadows utilized her entire 12 man roster, with only two players receiving more then 25 minutes on the court. Vernon's Jordan Korol got the start as a freshman and made the most of the opportunity, she led the team with 11 points on 5-6 shooting and led with six rebounds. Fourth year guard Jessica Jazdarehee was the only other member of UBC Okanagan in double digits, Jazdarehee finished with 10 points hitting 2-3 from three.
UBC Okanagan led the low scoring game 20-15 but the Heat were unable to keep up that defensive pace, the Thunderbirds scored 23 in the third quarter alone, they drew even at 27 halfway through the third, only gave up the lead once more time (29-28), and then finished off the visiting Heat with a 29-16 run. Final score (57-45).
UBC Okanagan trailed 62-53 with 5-minutes left on Saturday versus TWU when the visiting Kelowna squad went on a 11-2 run and drew even at 64 in just a two minute span. The Heat were unable to continue that run as the Spartans countered with six straight points and never again trailed. Final score (72-67).
A special community engagement game is up next for UBC Okanagan in its preseason schedule. The Heat will host the NAIT Ooks at Immaculata Regional High this Friday night (Oct. 9) at 6 p.m. Following the women the men will also play the Ooks at 8 p.m at Immaculata.
Following this weekend's single game UBC Okanagan will play three game series in Ontario, head coach Claire Meadows spent her playing career at Kingston, Ontario's Queen's University, and will take her new team through Ontario with stops at London's Western University , the University of Toronto and the University of Waterloo. The 401 swing tour runs Friday-Sunday (October 16-18).
Their Canada West season opener will be at home this year as UBC Okanagan will host Fraser Valley for a pair of games on Friday, November 6th and Saturday, November 7th. Tip off is at 6 p.m. on Friday and at 5 p.m. on Saturday.
Women's Basketball (Canada West preseason play)
Friday, October 2nd, 2015
War Memorial Gymnasium, Vancouver, BC
FRIDAY, OCT 2 Score By Periods Team 1 2 3 4 Total UBC Okanagan 13 7 17 8 45 UBC 6 9 23 19 57
Saturday, October 3rd, 2015
Langley Events Centre, Langley, BC
SATURDAY, OCT 3 Score UBC Okanagan 67 Trinity Western 72