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RECAP: Overtime heartbreak in Kamloops

RECAP: Overtime heartbreak in Kamloops

Kamloops, BC - It was a bittersweet extra frame for the UBC Okanagan women's basketball team on Friday, after playing even for four quarters the Heat would come up just short in Kamloops on Friday afternoon, dropping the 68-65 decision in overtime to the WolfPack.

The Heat would have the ball with less than 30 seconds left in regulation time, on the Werner Rentals Court at the Tournament Capital Centre, with the game knotted at 56 but were unable to get a shot up against Thompson Rivers, and the game was pushed into a overtime.

Michelle Boss took over in the overtime, she scored all 12 of TRU's points to give them their second victory in the last three games as they improve to (2-5) on the season.

UBCO is still searching for that elusive first win of the season as we near the halfway point of the season, with two straight heartbreaking losses the Heat are now (0-9).

Senior guard Vanessa Botteselle did the majority of the scoring for the Heat once again as she finished with 21 points to go with eight rebounds and four assists.

The other two Heat players who finished in double-figures scoring were Ana Evans (13) and Sadie Beers (11). Brianna Falk made her return from injury and made an immediate impact off the bench by scoring nine points along with grabbing seven rebounds and hitting a clutch three in the late in the fourth quarter to draw UBCO even at 54.

The Heat overcame their traditional slow start, coming back from a 10-0 deficit to start the game and clawing back from 16 points down (29-13) halfway through the second quarter. 

Michelle Boss finished with 21 points for the home team along with six rebounds, two assists, and two steals while both Leilani Carney (18) and Kanesha Reeves (11) finished in double-figures scoring wise.

This matchup is part of the Presidents' Cup trophy competition between the Heat and WolfPack which is a trophy based on who wins the most games in the four Canada West sports. For full history click here.

Game summary:

The WolfPack started out of the gate spurred on by over a thousand students who were in attendance for this rare morning start. TRU up 8-0 before Heat coach Bobby Mitchell had to call a timeout to regroup his troops.  The Pack led by nine after the first quarter (19-10).

In the second quarter, UBCO battled back to cut the deficit to six thanks in part to four points from Botteselle.  TRU led at the break 29-23 getting 12 off the arm of Kanesha Reeves (5thyear, guard, Kamloops, BC)

The game seesawed throughout. UBCO outgunned the WolfPack 15-10 in the third quarter and 18-17 in the fourth before the game went to an extra period where Thompson Rivers scored 13 points to UBCO's nine.

Bobby Mitchell, UBCO head coach comments:

"It was a good game. Both teams played hard. They made a few more points in overtime to come out with the win. I thought we had a slow start in the first quarter and got behind. We expended a lot of energy to get back into the game. That is tough as you go down the stretch. But [I'm] proud of the group. Proud of the effort. If we continue to do that, we should be ok."

TRU assistant coach Chuck Ferguson:

On the Contest: "It was an exciting game. The kids in the stands made sure of that. It was a great game. Our seniors pulled it out at the end. That is what seniors do. UBC Okanagan played a great game. They gave us a good run. Fantastic shooting on both sides of the ball. They were much better on the glass than we were. We were lucky to come out with the win."

What's next:

The WolfPack and Heat will wind up their weekend series tomorrow (Saturday, Nov 24) on the Warner Rentals court at the Tournament Capital Centre. It will the next installment of the "President's Cup" between the two schools.  With the win today, TRU moves ahead in the race with two wins, a loss and a tie.

It is a competition involving U SPORTS teams in basketball, volleyball, soccer and cross country.  Tip-off will be 1 pm PDT.

Of note:

There was a large crowd on hand for this tilt thanks in part to the WolfPack inviting a number of Kamloops elementary schools to the Tournament Capital Centre. It is part of their effort to expose basketball and university sports to youngsters.

~ Oliver Rizun, Heat Sports Information, with notes from Larry Read, TRU Sports Information.