Regina, S.K. - Ana Evans finished with a team-high 16 points for the Heat on Friday night but it would not be enough as UBCO were unable to take down the No. 10 ranked Regina Cougars, falling 86-53.
Regina scored the first eight points to start the game and would have control for the majority of the night as they improved to 10-3 on their Canada West season.
Kyanna Giles had another massive game for the Cougars in the win as the third-year guard led all players with 25 points while also piling up seven rebounds and five assists. Angela Bongomin got her first start of the season and responded with a career-high 15 points while going 6-for-10 from the field.
Regina improves to 10-3 with the victory as the Cougars look to solidify their place in the Canada West standings. The conference's top four seeds will earn a bye through the first round and the right to host a best-of-three quarter-final series, and the Cougars entered the weekend with the fourth-best RPI in Canada West.
The Cougars shot 40% from the field on the night while the Heat were just below 34%. Regina also did a great job taking care of the ball on the night as they turned the ball over just eight times in 85 possessions while UBCO turned it over 14 times.
The Cougars opened up an eight-point lead less than two minutes in after scoring on four of their first five possessions of the contest. UBC Okanagan replied with a 9-2 run of its own, but it was all Regina after that. The Cougars led 22-13 after the first quarter, were up 46-24 at halftime, and put the game away for good with a 10-0 run in the third quarter which featured four different players scoring buckets.
These two teams will close out the weekend series on Saturday night at the CKHS. Game time is again set for 4:00 p.m. PST.
~ Oliver Rizun, Heat Sports Information, with notes from Regina Sports Information