Saturday, November 7th, 2015
Envision Athletic Centre, Abbotsford, BC
FINAL 1 2 3 4 T UBC OKANAGAN (0-1) 15 19 13 16 63 UFV (1-0) 15 13 14 17 59
ABBOTSFORD, BC - The Heat delivered the inaugural Canada West regular season victory for rookie head coach Claire Meadows, and both teams sit at 1-1 after defeating the host UFV Cascades 63-59 on Saturday evening.
With the win the UBC Okanagan women's basketball team salvaged a weekend split at the Envision Athletic Centre, after opening weekend. It was also the first time in UBC Okanagan have gotten the best of the Cascades in Canada West conference play, 11 straight losses. In fact you can look all the way back to January 29, 2000 to the last time the Okanagan team came out ahead of their Fraser Valley counterparts in a conference game. A span of over 15 years, two conferences (prior to 2006 Fraser Valley was in the BCCAA with the Heat), and 23 conference games.
Emily Kanester paced the Heat with in the historic win with 17 points, including three triples. Chloe Kennedy and Claire Elliott rounded out UBCO's double-digit scorers with 13 and 12 points, respectively.
Kayli Sartori lead UFV in scoring with 17 points and added five assists on the night, while guard Shayna Cameron followed up her 27-point breakout performance in Friday's 68-50 win over the Heat with 16 points and five helpers of her own.
Cascades first-year forward Taylor Claggett was a force in the paint and posted her second career CIS double-double in as many games, swallowing up 14 rebounds to go along with her 14 points. Claggett was a big reason why the Cascades once again won the battle on the boards (42-33) tonight after having a (52-30) edge on Friday. Kanester was also the top rebounder for UBC Okangaan, the 5-foot six guard snatched eight on the night. Elliott and Kennedy had five and four respectively.
Both teams put 15 points on the board in the first quarter, but an 8-0 run for UBCO midway through the second gave them a 30-22 lead. The Cascades managed to cut the deficit to six before heading to the locker room with the Heat owning a 34-28 advantage.
The Heat came out of the break and extended their lead to 12, but the Cascades would spend the rest of the quarter chipping away at the deficit and entered the final stanza down by five.
Sartori gave the Cascades their first lead since the opening frame with six minutes remaining in regulation, but UBCO's Elliott would tie the game on a clutch three-pointer just minutes later. Some key defensive stops by the Heat allowed them to regain an advantage they would not relinquish the rest of the way.
"There's a lot of new faces in our lineup and we learned a tough lesson tonight. Come to the game prepared and execute, and if you don't do that, you're going to lose in Canada West," explained Tuchscherer.
Tuchscherer had praise for rookie standout Claggett, who has carried the momentum from a strong preseason into conference play.
"Taylor has had a great start to her career here, she battles really hard," he said. "There were a couple of things for her to learn from, [but] she's not going to be making those mistakes moving forward. We're very excited about what she's bringing to the table."
The Cascades now look ahead to a home series versus the MacEwan Griffins next weekend. Game one tips off on Friday, Nov. 13 at 6 p.m. at the EAC, followed by a 5 p.m. start on Saturday.
The Heat host their home opener next Friday (6 p.m. start) and Saturday (5 p.m.) when they host the (0-2) UNBC Timberwolves. After playing their entire preseason on the road and opening up conference play in Abbotsford, this will be the first action on the UBC Okanagan hardwood for Meadows' squad.
~ with notes from Russell Arbuthnot, UFV Cascades communications staff