What you need to know
- The Heat women's basketball team will be back on home-court this weekend when they play host to the CW conference leading and Saskatchewan Huskies.
- Unable to get their first win of the season last weekend, the women are now 0-12 on the season with eight games left on their conference schedule.
- Saskatchewan comes in with just one loss - 74-68 at home to Calgary - sports an impressive record of 11-1, which has them ranked sixth in the U SPORTS national rankings.
GAME TIMES (PST)
All games to be played at the Gymnasium at UBC Okanagan.
Road trip recap
- After struggling for much of the night last Friday against UNBC the Heat would fall 87-48 on the road in the first of two matchups with the T-wolves.
- Last Saturday against the Timberwolves was the teams best offensive performance of the season, as they scored 75 points including 66 points in the final three quarters. Unfortunately the defense was unable to slow down the T-wolves offense as they would fall 87-75.
- The Heat would shoot 42% in the second game, including 39% (7 of 18) from behind the three-point line and a season-best 80% from the foul-line (16 of 20).
Heat players to watch:
- Forward Shenelle Tamminen had her second-best performance of the season last weekend, as she scored 14 points on Saturday night including a perfect four-for-four shooting from behind the arc. The Calgary product is now averaging 7.3 points a game in her final season with the team. Tamminen, in two of her last three outings, has scored in double digits: 15pts (3-6, 3PT) and 14pts (4-4, 3PT).
- Leading scorer Emma Jonas put up 20 points in the two games last weekend to increase her season average to 8.4 points a game. The second year guard is also 21 of 23 (91%) from the free-throw line on the season which is tied for the best percentage in the conference (min. 20 attempts).
Team Canada coaches in action:
- The two head coaches this weekend are a key part of the Basketball Canada and the national team program.
- Saskatchewan's bench boss Lisa Thomaidis is in her 19th year as head coach of the University of Saskatchewan Huskies and has been head coach Canadian Women's National Team since 2013.
- Claire Meadows after assisting with the national program for a couple of summers has been appointed head coach of the Junior U18 Candian national team.
- Heat head coach Claire Meadows has never faced off against Saskatchewan as head coach with UBCO.
Head-to-head with the Huskies: (0-3)
- The first time these two teams met was in the inaugural Canada West season for UBC Okanagan in 2011-12 when they fell 92-55 at the home of the Huskies. They have met in Kelowna once (Jan 2013, 84-50) and twice in Saskatoon (Jan 2012, 92-55 & Nov 203, 87-65) since 2011.
- This is the first mathchup between them since the 2013-14 season, the last time out was November 2, 2013 where the Heat fell 94-50.
- The Huskies are coming off a Canada West title last season, along with a national championship the year prior in 2015-16. With no players being lost from last years team, the Huskies are once again a force to be reckoned with as they are a conference-best 11-1 so far this season.
- A big key to the Huskies success has been their offense, as they are second in the conference scoring 83.4 points a game and are the best shooting team in the CW at 46% from the field along with 39% from behind the arc as a team.
- On the defensive end, Saskatchewan allows just 54 points a game which leads the conference. The Huskies also limit their opponents from behind the arc, allowing just 24% shooting from long-range.
- Third-year guard Sabine Dukate is the teams leader on offense, as she was a Canada West First Team All-Star last season along with being named a Second Team All-Canadian. So far this season she has not dissapointed, as she is averaging a team-high 16.1 points a game which included a four game stretch in November where she scored at least 20 points in every game.
- Forward Summer Masikewich is a paint presence for Saskatchewan as the forward averages just over 15 points a game on a team-high 64% shooting. The second year player is also part of the Canadian Junior National Team and is averaging 7.5 rebounds a game for the Huskies.
Katriana Philipenko / G / 1 / Saskatoon, Sask. / Holy Cross High School
Kyle Shand / C / 1 / Saskatoon, Sask. / Holy Cross High School