Friday, November 6th, 2015
Envision Athletic Centre, Abbotsford, BC
FINAL 1 2 3 4 T UBC Okanagan (0-1) 13 11 14 12 50 UFV (1-0) 14 20 18 16 68
ABBOTSFORD, BC - In Claire Meadows coaching debut for the UBC Okanagan women's basketball team it wasn't the vertean CIS Cascades team that sent the Heat to the loss on Friday night, it was a college transfer causing grief for the Heat at the Envision Athletic Centre.
Shayna Cameron spent the past four years dominating the PacWest conference, and she showed in her first career Canada West game that her skillset translates very well to the CIS, too.
Cameron, a shooting guard in her fifth year of eligibility who transferred to the University of the Fraser Valley women’s basketball program from Quest University in the off-season, excelled in the Cascades’ Canada West regular season opener on Friday.
The Chilliwack, B.C. product exploded for 27 points (11-of-22 from the field, 5-of-10 from beyond the arc) and added 11 rebounds and four assists as the Cascades beat the UBC Okanagan Heat 68-50 at the Envision Athletic Centre.
Taylor Claggett (15 points, 13 rebounds) and Kayli Sartori (14 points, four assists) also had strong outings for UFV, while Claire Elliott (11 points) and Vanessa Botteselle (10 points) both scored in double figures for UBCO.
Meadows' squad showed their youthfulness at inopportune times throughout the night, Elliott and Botteselle were the only players to reach double didgits in scoring but all tweleve on the roster saw floor time including four first year members of the Heat playing in their first every CIS action.
Chloe Kennedy, a college transfer finished with seven points in 14 minutes. Emma Johnson, Hannah Friesen and Jordan Korol all played in their first action, Johnson and Friesen both hit he scoresheet and Korol got the nod and started the game in the post.
The young team were badly out-rebounded by the Cascades. UFV had a 52-30 advantage on the glass Friday night, UFV also out scored the Kelowna team 26-8 in the paint. Depth was on the Heat's side as not only did they play 12, their bench outscored the Cascades 27-11.
The Cascades (1-0) and the Heat (0-1) renew hostilities on Saturday (5 p.m. at the EAC).
Both teams got off to slow offensive starts on Friday, with the host Cascades not scoing for the first four minutes of the opener. UBCO had a 5-0 lead at the point yet finished trailing 14-13 at the end of the first quarter.
But UFV heated up at the start of the second – they drilled five triples in a span of five minutes, including two from Cameron, to open a 32-19 lead. They took a 34-24 lead into the break.
The Heat continuied to trail by double-digits throughout the second half, despite an offensive drought in the fourth quarter where they went without a point for over five minutes. The Heat, during that stretch, trimmed the UFV lead to 58-47 highlighted with a Botteselle three point bomb. But the Cascades’ Kayli Sartori helped her team regain control with a driving layup, plus the foul, and UBCO would never challenge from there.
~ with notes from Dan Kinvig // Fraser Valley communications