Friday, November 11th, 2016
HLC, Brandon, MB
FINAL 1 2 3 4 OT T UBC Okanagan (0-3) 22 22 17 8 9 78 Brandon (1-2) 16 12 18 23 11 80
BRANDON, MB -- With a final shot in the last second of play in overtime, the Bobcats Keisha Cox's last second lay-up in overtime sealed the deal to claim a (70-68) win over the visiting UBC Okanagan women's basketball team in overtime at the HLC Centre.
With tensions high in the final five minutes of play, both teams were able to go point for point until the final play made by Cox. With the Heat leading 78-77 with only five seconds of play left in the extra frame, Cox was able to find a lane and make a layup and draw a foul. With no time left on the clock, Cox was able to make her final free throw to make the final score a two point victory for the Bobcats.
With the Heat enjoying a lead for the first three quarters of the game, the Bobcats Keisha Cox took charge late, scoring 17 of her 35 points in the fourth to take the game to overtime.
With an additional seven points made by Cox in overtime, she led the floor in scoring with 35 points and 13 rebounds, giving her a double double. Following Cox, for the Heat was Claire Elliott with 17 points, and UBC Okanagan rookie Nicole Hart with 16 points.
The Bobcats had three players in the double digits for scoring. Following Cox’s 35 points was Mikaela Stanton with 14 points and Lauren Anderson with 12 points.
The Heat had four players score in double digits in tonight's match up. Following Elliott and Hart were two guards, freshman Emma Jonas with 11 points and fifth year Emily Kanester with 10 points.
The first quarter saw UBC Okanagan utilize the transition game and take a quick lead 22-16. The Heat were led by first year Emma Jonas in the first quarter with five points. The Bobcats were led by Mikaela Stanton with six points.
In the second, the Heat were able to widen the gap to 16 points. Shooting an impeccable (18-30) 60 percent from the field compared to the Bobcats (11-27) 40.7 percent. UBCO went into the break with a (44-28) to close out the half.
In the third the Heat were able to maintain their lead and their entire roster was able to see floor time. With senior, Claire Elliot and Jonas leading the floor with 12 points a piece the Heat closed out the third with a what seemed a sizable 16 point lead (62-46).
Although the Heat were able to shoot a season high 49.2 percent from the field compared to the Bobcats 38.5 percent. The Heat were also able to shoot (7-22) 31.8 percent from beyond the arch compared to the Bobcats (2-16) 12.5 percent.
In the battle of the boards the Bobcats were able to claim 44 rebounds to the Heat's 35. Up as many as 20 points this is the third straight game that UBC Okanagan has been unable to hold on to late lead and with the loss their record is (0-3).
The win is Brandon's first win of the regular season. With a tough matchup on the road, the Heat will now prepare for their rematch against Brandon which will take place tomorrow (November 12) at 3 p.m. PST at the HLC.