Friday, February 19th, 2016
Warner Rentals Court, TCC, Kamloops, BC
FINAL 1 2 3 4 T UBC Okanagan (10-9) 15 13 8 25 61 Thompson Rivers (14-5) 21 14 21 22 78
KAMLOOPS, BC — The UBC Okanagan women’s basketball team drop the first of the weekend series on the road (78-61) against the TRU Wolfpack this Friday night in Kamloops.
This places the season record at (10-9) for UBC Okanagan and (14-5) for TRU, who have solidified second place. With the loss, UBC Okanagan has been eliminated from playoff contention.
The final standings in the Explorer division are set with MacEwan (16-3) finishing in first, TRU in second, and UFV (12-7) in third; these round out the playoff teams. The Heat will finish fourth regardless of tomorrow’s outcome.
The two teams wrap up the regular season this Saturday (Feb 20) at the TCC. Tip-off is 5 p.m.
The Heat outscored the WolfPack (25-22) in the final quarter, TRU was up (21-15) after the first quarter in addition to leading (35-28) at the half.
The Heat were led by Chloe Kennedy (4th year, forward, Summerland, BC) with 10 points and four rebounds. “She has been playing consistently well,” said UBC Okanagan coach Claire Meadows. “She is probably our best defender and has been successful in pushing the ball. Her defense turns into offense for her, which is great. It’s been the case all season for her.”
UBC Okanagan’s Claire Elliott captured the most steals (3) and assists (7) and chipped in with 8 points.
Robyn Aulin-Haynes grabbed seven boards to lead UBCO, she also was 3-5 from the field for seven points.
Coach Meadows mentioned, “I thought our bench came in and gave us good energy. They got to the rim and got to the free throw line and made some shots for us.”
Meadows stated that the Heat will have to limit their mental lapses on defense. “There were moments tonight that things we worked on during the week didn’t show. We didn’t defend well and they caught us on it. On the “O” boards they finished with 16. That is about six or seven too many. We need to come out and play hard. We need to get to the paint and get to the free throw line. We got to it at the end of the game tonight. That has to start at the beginning for us.”
Leading for the Wolfpack, was player of the game, Kassie Colonna (4th year, forward, Invermere, BC) with 18 points and six rebounds. “She gets in there and mucks it up,” stated assistant coach Chuck Ferguson about Colonna’s play on the glass.
In addition, Michelle Bos (2nd year, guard, Surrey, BC) was sturdy on the defensive end with 15 boards and eight points, and Sarah Malate (5th year, guard, Calgary, AB) added 12 points. Taiysa Worsfold (5th year, forward, Kamloops, BC) scored 11 points.
TRU assistant coach Chuck Ferguson says following two back to back losses last weekend at Fraser Valley and the playoffs upcoming, this win was huge: “Going into the playoffs you want to have some momentum. You want to set that tone. UBCO is a good team. A win over them is always a nice feeling. We can’t take too much for granted against them.”
The WolfPack will honor their four graduating players: Worsfold, Colonna, Malate and Jenna Quinton (4th year, guard, Calgary, AB) following Saturday’s contest. The young Heat squad will return all of their players next season.
~ Emiko Ohama, Heat communications // with notes from Larry Read, TRU Sports Information Officer