Winnipeg, MB - It was another tough night for the Heat women's basketball team, as they fell 76-48 to the Winnipeg Wesmen on Friday night. The Heat will have one last chance to get that elusive first win of the season on Saturday night, as they close out their season with tip-off going at 3 p.m. PST.
The Heat would use a strong start to the second quarter to make the game competitive, but a poor start to the game would be too much to overcome for the team from Kelowna. The conferences leading scorer Antoinette Miller was the difference in the game, as the guard scored 32 points and also grabbed 11 rebounds. Miller came into the game averaging 26 points a contest on the season. Jordan Korol would lead the way for the Heat, finishing with a career-high 18 points along with eight rebounds.
Jordon Korol would opening the scoring for the Heat with a quick two to give the Heat the first lead of the game but then it was all Wesmen the rest of the first quarter. The home team would force Heat turnovers in the middle portion of the first frame which resulted in some easy layups for the Wesmen. With the Heat trailing 17-7, Claire Meadows was forced to call timeout to settle her team down. The Heat offense would go cold in the back half of the first quarter, as they scored just two points in the following x minutes which resulted in a 25-9 lead for the Wesmen at the end of the first quarter.
The Heat defense would keep the team in the game in the second quarter, as they held the home team to just four points in the opening six minutes of the second quarter. This run would cut the deficit down to just 13 at 29-16 with four minutes to go in the quarter. This 13 point lead would be maintained for the remainder of the first half, as the Heat would trail 35-22 going into the halftime break. The Winnipeg offense was efficient in the first 20 minutes, as they shot 43% from the field compared to just 28% for the Heat. The rebounding was also the difference maker in the first half, as the home out rebounded the Heat 25-11. Jordan Korol led the way for the Heat in the first half, with six points and four rebounds.
It was a strong start to the second frame for the Wesmen, as their offense continued to find success through Antoinette Miller who came in averaging a Canada West best 26 points a game. Miller would score on back to back possessions to increase the Wesmen lead to 18 at 46-28 with six minutes left in the third quarter. The rest of the third frame was largely even, as the home team expanded their lead by just one point over the final six minutes of the third quarter, which resulted in a 54-36 lead heading into the final 10 minutes. The final quarter would be all Winnipeg, as they started the frame on a 10-0 run to all but put the game away. The Heat would score just two points in the final quarter to eventually fall by a score of 76-48.
Inside the numbers:
- The Wesmen would lead in almost all stat categories on the night, as they shot a better percentage from the field (45% - 33%), had less turnovers (11-14) and more rebounds (46-22).
- Due to the big margin on the glass, Winnipeg would have 15 more shot attempts then the Heat on the night.
- The home team would also have 11 steals on the night and 14 second chance points.
~ Oliver Rizun, Heat sports information