Saturday, November 21st, 2015
UBC Okanagan, Kelowna, BC
FINAL 1 2 3 4 T Mount Royal (0-6) 13 9 2 18 42 UBC Okanagan (5-1) 14 21 14 15 64
KELOWNA, BC – Since their start in the CIS division in the 2011-2012 season, the Heat have only won 6 games within a single season. With the win tonight, they move to a record of 5-1, which is not only their best start of any season, but also on their way to setting a record of the best CIS season in Heat women’s basketball history.
Out scoring the Cougars (21-9) in the second quarter and (14-2) in the third quarter, the Heat had a comfortable lead going into the fourth and closed the game with a final score of (64-42).
Leading the Heat in points was third year, Claire Elliott, and first year, Robyn Auglin-Haynes, with a total of nine points a piece. All 12 of the UBC Okanagan players saw the court, 11 of which put points on the scoreboard. 35 of the Heat’s 64 point were scored from players coming off the bench.
Forwards Chloe Kennedy and Jordan Korol were key players on the court for the Kelowna squad, as Kennedy scored eight points and Korol had six points and a total of 10 rebounds.
The Heat were also aggressive off the backboards, claiming a total of 54 rebounds compared to MRU’s 39 rebounds.
“Our girls always work so hard, so it makes my job easier. Everyday they are coming in and battling,” states coach Claire Meadows on the success of the women’s team. “They know that that kind of competition [in practice] pays off, so I’m very proud at how hard the team competes everyday”.
Melissa Moore and Yasmene Saghir led the Cougars’ on offensie, claiming 11 points a piece. Moore also lead Mount Royal in rebounds, hauling in eight on the night.
With the win, the Heat move to a record of (5-1), landing them tied with MacEwan for first place in the Explorer Division. The Heat hit the court against MacEwan next weekend, Friday and Saturday (Nov. 28-29) starting at 5 p.m. PST and 4 p.m. PST respectively.
Coach Meadows commented that MacEwan “are pretty well rounded. [They have] good guards and some pretty dominant posts inside.” As to how the Heat will prepare for the upcoming weekend, Coach Meadows states that they “are going to stick to our script and […] game plan. But for us to come out and compete we need to keep the consistency up. Right now our games take some serious dips. If we can lessen those dips, its going to be the key going into next weekend.”
Mount Royal falls to a record of (0-6) and will look to face off against UNBC next weekend at home in Calgary.
~ Rachel Parker // Heat Communications