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PREVIEW: Heat close semester with series against Cascades

PREVIEW: Heat close semester with series against Cascades

What you need to know


  • The Heat Women are back in action at home after two weekends of road series. To close out the year the Heat will be hosting the UFV Cascades for a two-game set.
  • Tip-off times are set in Kelowna for 6 p.m. on Friday and 5 p.m. on Saturday.
  • Last weekend, the Heat put up another solid performance but would fall short against the WolfPack in overtime (65-69) on Saturday.
  • The Cascades took down the visiting UNBC Timberwolves on their home court twice last weekend by scores of 72-66 and 74-71. UFV are now in 10th spot in Canada West at (5-5).

GAME TIMES (PT)

FRIDAY, NOV 30th 

Basketball (W) / Canada West Conference Game
6 PM |
 UBC Okanagan Heat (0-10) vs the UFV Cascades (5-5) | Webcast | Live Stats | Tickets
@ UBC Okanagan Gymnasium

SATURDAY, Dec 1st 

Basketball (W) / Canada West Conference Game
5 PM |
 UBC Okanagan Heat vs the UFV Cascades | Webcast | Live Stats | Tickets
@ UBC Okanagan Gymnasium


Impact player:

  • Senior Guard Vanessa Botteselle continued her strong play in her fifth season, with solid play in the weekend series against the WolfPack. Botteselle scored 21 points along with eight rebounds and four assists in the overtime game on Friday, playing the entire 45 minutes.
  • Sophomore Guard Sadie Beers had a high field goal percentage 52.9 in the weekend series in Kamloops (9-17).  Scoring 20 points over the weekend, her 11 points scored on Friday is a new career best.

Head to head with the Cascades:  (2-14)

  • The last time these two teams played was in the fall of 2017 with the Cascades captured both games in Abbotsford 48-65 and 37-65.  

Scouting the Cascades:

Recent Success:

  • The Cascades, after upsetting conference leading and previously undefeated UNBC last weekend, are (5-5) and have won three of their last four games, but are just 1-3 away from their cozy home court of the Envision Financial Athletic Centre.
  • Fourth in the conference on the defensive end, the Cascades are allowing in allowing just 63.3 points per game, struggling to score early in the year has UFV in second to the last spot in team scoring averaging just 59.1 points a contest.
  • Their fortunes have been turned around as the scoring has picked up in their last three games. The average score of those games has increased up by 69.3, which is 10.2 points higher than their overall average, topping 70 points both this past Friday and Saturday.

Player to watch:

  • Senior Forward Taylor Claggett has been the overall leader carrying the team to win in the recent weekend series. In her last two games, she scored 53 points along with 17 rebounds, while making 23 free throws out of her 27 shots. For her efforts, she garnered Canada West women's third star of the week honours. She's among the conference leaders in a number of categories: fifth in scoring (19.3 points per game), 12th in rebounding (8.3), and tied for 18th in assists (2.9).
  • Amanda Thompson will be the threat to watch out for from the three-point area, she has connected on 42.4 percent of strikes from downtown, knocking in 14-33 this season. 
  • Taylor's brother Kyle Claggett plays for Cascades golf team.