Saturday, November 14th, 2015
UBC Okanagan, Kelowna, BC
FINAL 1 2 3 4 T UNBC (0-4) 10 21 10 8 49 UBC Okanagan (3-1) 14 18 27 11 70
KELOWNA, BC – The UBC Okanagan women’s basketball team captured a third straight win (70-49) on Saturday night to finish earn the sweep in their weekend series against the UNBC Timberwolves at the UBC Okanagan gymnasium.
Similar to Friday night’s game UBC Okanagan was trailing by two (35-37) at the start of the third quarter when third year guard Kayla McFadden drove to the basket capturing a three point play. Converting the free throw, McFadden brought her team to a one point lead late in the third. Building on that momentum, Claire Elliott, Emma Johnson, Shenellle Tamminen and Chloe Kennedy all contributed to a 19 point run to give the Heat a 58-41 advantage.
The point streak was capped nicely with a buzzer beater from Kennedy at the end of the third. This run proved to be too much to comeback from, as the Timberwolves fall to the Heat for the second consecutive night.
Similar physicality to the previous night’s game, with the Timberwolves aggressively battling for the entire 40 minutes.
UNBC had a much cleaner game, keeping the fouls to a minimum of 18 compared to Friday’s night 30. UBC Okanagan followed a similar style of play only having eight fouls compared to Friday’s 31.
Shenelle Tamminen finished as UBC Okanagan’s leading scorer as she went four for four from the three point line to count for all 12 of her points.
Fourth year quard Emily Kanester followed with 11 points and five rebounds. Chloe Kennedy and Claire Elliott each finished nine points, and Robyn Aulin-Haynes produced eight points on the night.
The success of the Heat came from the distribution of scoring as nine of the Heat’s 11 players made the score sheet, and 34 of the Heat’s 70 points came from players coming off the bench.
Hannah Pudles lead the UNBC timberwolves with 14 points, using her speed and aggressively attacking on offence caused havoc for Heat defenders. Vasiliki Louka produced 10 points and seven rebounds. Jaspart Nijjar followed with eight points. Maria Montana followed with seven.
UNBC, looking to capture their first win of the regular season, traded baskets with the Kelowna squad for most of the first half, until captain Emily Kanester drained her first three of the night. This shot sparked a five point scoring streak for UBC Okanagan and gave the team a 23-18 advantage which was the largest lead of the first half.
The Timberwolves’ Jaspirt Nijjar, Vasiliki Louka, and Maria Cavallo combined for 21 points for in the first half. This back and forth battle in the paint lead to a 32-31 finish at the half.
“I thought we showed great composure and great resiliency down the stretch, as we took a 19 point lead in the third quarter” stated Coach Claire Meadows “I think for how early on it is in the season that showed a lot of character on our team’s part.”
Coach Meadow added that the “consistency, especially with the start of [the] game” is something to strive towards going into the rest of the season. “But I think if we keep working hard, we have proven what we can do on the court.”
UBC Okanagan goes into a double header against Mount Royal at the UBC Okanagan Gymnasium next Friday Nov 20 at 6 p.mp and Saturday Nov 21 at 5 p.m.
The Heat move to a record of 3-1, the best start of the UBC Okanagan women’s basketball team upon entering the CIS.
Timberwolves currently have a record of 0-4, and look to face off against the University of Fraser Valley next weekend.
~ Rachel Parker // Heat Communications