UBC Okanagan women’s basketball will open this weekend in Abbotsford. Claire Meadows and her team will open the conference season this Friday and Saturday versus the UFV Cascades. Tip off on Friday is at 6 p.m. and on Saturday at 5 p.m.
Canada West conference games
@ Envision Athletic Centre, Abbotsford
|UBCO||2014-15 TALE OF THE TAPE||UFV|
|66||10th||Points per game||72.2||5th|
|3.9||15th||3PT made per game||4.6||9th|
|18||9th||3PT attempts per game||16.4||10th|
|17||2nd||FT made per game||19.1||1st|
|24.6||2nd||FT attempt per game||26.9||1st|
|13.1||7th||Off rebounds per game||13.8||4th|
|38.2||8th||Total rebounds per game||44.7||2nd|
|-13.6||17th||Rebound margin per game||6.2||6th|
|11.5||11th||Assists per game||13.9||9th|
|17.1||6th||Turnovers per game||22.6||16th|
|74||16th||Points per game allowed||67.1||9th|
|39.5||10th||Opponents’ Field goal %||34.1||2nd|
|27.8||8th||Opponents’ 3PT %||25.7||2nd|
CIS National Ranking: //
CanWest Standings: //
Last week: //
2014-15 CW Regular Season Record: 6-14
2014-15 CW Playoff Record: /
2014-15 Overall Record: 7-18
Last CW Title/Total CW Titles: NA
Last CIS Title/Total CIS Titles: NA
KELOWNA, B.C – The UBC Okanagan women’s basketball team finally get their season started this coming weekend and with a new coach at the helm the team will be looking to begin on a winning note. First up for Heat will be on the road when they begin their 2015-16 campaign when they travel to Abbotsford to play the University of Fraser Valley. The two will first be playing on Friday, 6th November, with the game set to begin at 6 p.m. The second game between the two will be played on Saturday, 7th November with the game set to begin at 5 p.m. Both the games will take place at the Envision Athletic Centre in Abbotsford.
2014-15 Season – The Heat finished their previous season tied-fourth place in the Explorer’s division, sharing their place with Mount Royal with a 6-14 record in the conference.
Pre-Season – The women’s basketball team has played eight games in their pre-season, winning three and losing five of those games. The Heat are currently on a two game winning streak and will be in the look out to continue their form against UFV.
Key Stat – The Heat had a healthy scoring rate last season as they averaged 66 points per game, putting them 10th on the charts. Offense was tough to find in the early parts of the preseason, hopefully they start to Heat up now that the games count.
Head Coach – Claire Meadows (1st season)
Head to Head : UFV Cascades currently lead the head to head 10-0, with UBC Okanagan yet to beat them. This weekend will be an excellent chance for the Heat to finally earn themselves a win against the hosts.
Number of new players: 5 // Key Recruits (Name (POS/Hometown/Last Team): Robyn Aulin-Haynes (6-1 P, North Vancouver-Argyle); Hannah Friesen (6-0 F, Kelowna); Jordan Korol (5-11 F, Vernon); Emma Johnson (5-8, PG/SG, Kelowna-Immaculata); Chloe Kennedy (6-0 F, Summerland, Douglas (CCAA));
Number of departing players: 2 //Key Losses: Sarah Allison (G/3); Angela White (G/4)
Key performer: Emily Kanester (G/5) – Emily is entering her 4th year of eligibility and is coming off of a red shirt year due to a bad ankle sprain. Emily will be the backbone of our offence this year. She brings a high basketball IQ to the floor and is a strong and consistent three point shooter.
Coach Quote: “Our team expectation is that we compete consistently every day. It is important that we receive contributions from all players on the roster. We want to push the tempo this year, so our bench will be a very important factor in all games.” ~ Claire Meadows, 1st year coach of the UBC Okanagan women’s basketball team.
Key storyline: For this deep team with a new coach this upcoming season will be defined by the success of their defence. The tempo and pace of the UBC Okanagan defence has been a focus all pre-season. With the parity in the Explorer Division there will be no easy games in the Heat’s schedule this season, so it is imperative that UBCO gets off to a good, competitive start during the first semester. An early goal for Claire Meadows’ team will be to enter the Christmas break with a winning record. Emily Kanester will be the backbone of the offence with her IQ and three point shooting capabilities. The Heat look to a red shirt freshman, 6-foot two Robyn Aulin-Haynes, to get healthy, and provide a strong presence in the post.
FRASER VALLEY CASCADES (5-3, 0-0 Canada West)
CIS National Ranking: //
CanWest Standings: //
Last week: //
2014-15 CW Regular Season Record: 12-8
2014-15 CW Playoff Record: 0-2
2014-15 Overall Record: 12-4
Last CW Title/Total CW Titles: /
Last CIS Title/Total CIS Titles: /
University of Fraser Valley Cascades – Hosts Cascades are all set to begin their new campaign after enjoying a successful previous season that saw them reach the playoffs. The Abbotsford squad will attempt to continue their unbeaten record against the Heat when they meet this weekend.
2014-15 Season – The previous campaign saw the Cascades lose in the playoffs after they finished third in the Explorer’s division with a record of 12 and 8 during the course of the season.
Pre-Season – The cascades have had a good pre-season which has seen them win five and lose three of the eight games they have played so far.
Key Stat : The Cascades averaged 72.2 points per game which had them as the fifth highest scoring team last season. This is a key feature of their game which they will be looking to improve upon.
Head Coach- Al Tuchscherer (13th season)
Number of new players: 7 // Key Recruits (Name (POS/Hometown/Last Team)): Shayna Cameron (G/Chilliwack, B.C./Quest University), Sydney Williams (G/Langley, B.C./Thompson Rivers University), Taylor Claggett (F/Abbotsford, B.C./Mennonite Educational Institute), Kate Head (G/Maple Ridge, B.C./Maple Ridge Secondary)
Number of departing players: 4 // Key Losses (Name (POS/number of years with team)): Sarah Wierks (F/5), Celeste Dyck (G/5), Nataliia Gavryliuk (G/2)
Key performer: Kayli Sartori – The versatile 6’1” guard/forward returns to the Cascades after taking last year off. She was a standout for UFV over her first three seasons (2011-14), and was named a tournament all-star at the 2014 CIS national championships after helping the Cascades to the bronze medal.
Coach Quote: “It’s a different team, with a lot of toughness and athleticism to it. They’re skilled, and they play with a lot of determination. You combine those things, and this team could make some noise in Canada West.” – Cascades head coach Al Tuchscherer
Key storyline: The Cascades have waved goodbye to a handful of impact players – including All-Canadian centre Sarah Wierks – but their new-look roster has the talent to make noise in the Canada West playoffs.
Head coach Al Tuchscherer’s program is no stranger to playoff success – they made four straight trips to the Canada West Final Four between 2011 and 2014, highlighted by a Canada West silver medal and CIS bronze medal in 2014. They’re seeking a sixth straight playoff berth.
Fourth-year power forward Katie Brink is the most accomplished returnee from last year’s squad – her 14.8 points per game ranked second on the team. She’s being reunited with her former high school teammate Kayli Sartori – the two players won a B.C. AAA high school title together with Abbotsford’s W.J. Mouat Hawks in 2011. Sartori, a dynamic 6’1” guard/forward, took last year off school but returns for her fourth year of eligibility.
Other key contributors for the Cascades include transfers Shayna Cameron (formerly of Quest University) and Sydney Williams (Thompson Rivers University), veteran returnees Kaitlyn McDonald and Hailey Kendall, and rookies Taylor Claggett and Kate Head.