The Heat fail to claim second game on the road to host MacEwan the first place team in the Explorer Division, after (62-44) loss on Saturday night.
Saturday, November 28th, 2015
City Centre Campus, at MacEwan University, Edmonton, AB
FINAL 1 2 3 4 T UBC Okanagan (5-3) 14 8 8 14 44 MacEwan (7-1) 16 19 11 16 62
Edmonton, AB- The UBC Okanagan women’s basketball team dropped their second game (62-44) to host, MacEwan University.
The Heat finish the fall part of their Canada West schedule with a (5-3) record, giving them the third place in the Explorer Division.
The Heat’s struggle from shooting the ball ultimately led to their 18 point loss against the Griffins. The Heat went (16-72) to give them a 22.2 percent from the field compared to the Griffins (21-65, 32.3 percent). The Heat’s three point scoring also took a dip as they went (3-22) 13.6 % compared to the 32.3 percent (4-15) shooting from MacEwan. In the five UBCO wins they have shot 35.6% from the field and 30.9% from long distance, in their three losses the whole team has struggled hitting 25.4% and 20.6% respectively.
The Heat end the regular season before the the winter break with an amazing (5-3) record. This is the first season in their CIS campaign where the Kelowna squad go into the holiday break with a winning record.
After meeting Fraser Valley in the first weekend of the regular season the Heat were able to take their first win ever in the CIS against the Cascades. Coming off of this win the Heat went on a four game winning streak against the UNBC Timberwolves and the Mount Royal Cougars.
Moving into the break, the Heat have been able to capture the coveted third spot in the Explorer Division. Top three in the division qualify for the post season. The women's basketball program has yet to play in the Canada West playoffs.
The second half of the season, and the race to the playoffs will commence in January with the Heat's first look at their Interior of BC rival, the Thompson Rivers WolfPack. These two old foes will play first in Kelowna starting on January 8-9.
Third year point guard, Claire Elliott led the team in scoring with 12 points. Elliott also was able to capture seven rebounds and four steals for the Heat. The defensive minded guard is tops in Canada West with 24 thefts on the season. Senior, Emily Kanester followed with 11 points and Shenelle Tamminen with seven points. First year Emma Johnson was effective offensivley in her 12 minutes on the court, she finished with six points on two for three shooting. She was the only player on UBCO to shoot above 50%.
The first quarter was a good defensive struggle with UBCO holding the high powered Griffin offense in check for the majority of the first frame before fifth year, Kelly Fagan, sophomore Kayla Ivicak, hit key baskets late in the quarter to give MacEwan University a two point lead after the first quarter. MacEwan University shot 37 percent from the floor in the quarter, while UBCO hit 33 percent of their shots.
The second quarter belonged to MacEwan University as they defensively held UBCO to eight points while going on a 10 point run midway through the quarter, led by Kendall Lydon with seven points, in the quarter, to pace the Griffins.
The Heat were paced by Claire Elliott (North Vancouver, BC) with a team high eight points at halftime. The Heat shot 27 percent in the first half.
The third quarter both defenses put on a clinic as the scoring came at a premium with the Griffins outscored UBCO by three points, to build their lead to 16 points. The Griffins shot a mere 17 percent in the quarter, holding UBCO to eight points for a second straight frame.
The Griffins continued to play excellent defense in the final quarter holding UBCO in check and earning their seventh league victory by 18 points.
The Griffins were also able to win the battle on the glass, similar to Friday nights game as they captured 47 boards to the Heat's 33.
Kendall Lydon, the fourth year guard scored a team high 12 points as the scoring was balanced tonight with 10 different Griffins scoring at least two points in the game. Six-foot forward Kelly Fagan had a brilliant game under the boards tonight, leading MacEwan University with 17 total rebounds, seven blocks and added eight points.
~ Tia Sadler // Heat Communications
~With notes from David Kent // Griffins Athletics