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Heat women's basketball continue undefeated preseason

Heat women's basketball continue undefeated preseason

Women's Basketball (Exhibition)
October 6-8, 2016
Calgary Cup

CALGARY, AB -- The UBC Okanagan Heat women's basketball team continued their undefeated run to start the preseason, winning all three of their games in the Calgary Cup this weekend. The Heat improved their preseason record to 5-0 after the tournament came to an end on Saturday, October 8. Over the three days of the Calgary Cup, the UBC Okanagan women defeated each of their opponents from Mount Royal, St. Mary's, and Calgary.UBC Okanagan played their first game of the tournament Thursday, October 6 against the Mount Royal University Cougars, at MRU's Kenyon Court.

The Cougars took the Heat to overtime, but the final score was 77-74 in favour of UBC Okanagan. The second game for the Heat women came Friday, October 7.

They took on the St. Mary's University Lightning at U of C's Jack Simpson Gym. The Friday afternoon match-up saw the Heat win by a final score of 74-56.

The final game of the UBC Okanagan side's tournament saw them take on the host University of Calgary Dinos, again in the Jack Simpson Gym. It was the biggest margin of victory for the weekend, with the final score being 71-47 in favour of the Heat.

"I thought this weekend was a great learning experience for our team. We got better every game and I was very impressed with our composure and ability to handle the pressure. We put together 40 minutes of solid basketball on Saturday against a formidable U of C team. We had great energy and executed well all game," said head coach Claire Meadows who summed up the three game preseason trip with a simple, "I'm very proud of the team."

In all three games UBCO had to deal with constant ball pressure and coach Meadows thought that the Heat improved steadily over the weekend, and on offense "We found different ways to score the basketball all weekend and all players contributed."

Against the Cougars on Thursday night MRU and their 6'4 post hurt UBCO inside, however the Heat shot the basketball well to stay in the game and allow fourth year guard Claire Elliott to hit a big shot to send the game to overtime. In the extra frame the hot shooting continued and a couple of big shots from Emily Kanester and Vanessa Bottesselle would seal the win.

Against St. Mary's on Friday, UBCO jumped out to a big lead and didn't look back, handling the pressure well and once again shot the ball relatively well 40% (28-27) from the field and 36% (5-14) from three.

The Heat dominated the Dinos in that final game and held a 40-19 lead at half. They had three players score in double digits, while not allowing a single Calgary player to reach that mark. Fifth year guard Emily Kanester scored 19 in the game, fourth year guard Claire Elliott finished with 10 points, and freshman guard Emma Jonas came off the bench to score 12.

As a team, the Heat had an outstanding shooting night. They shot 51% from the field, 58.8% from three-point range, and 64.5% from the free-throw line.

Defensively, the Heat kept the Dinos to a team stat line of 28.1 FG%, and 23.5 3PT%. The biggest stat of the night for the Heat was Points off Turnovers, of which UBC Okanagan had 24, and Calgary had 13. Both teams allowed 22 turnovers on the night.

The UBC Okanagan Heat women will play their next two games at home. They will host the MacEwan Griffins on Friday, October 14 at 8 p.m., and the Quest University Kermodes on Saturday, October 15 at 2 p.m.

~ Grayson Leahy // UBC Okanagan Heat