ABBOTSFORD, B.C. – Despite a solid effort from the Heat women's basketball team, they were unable to get a victory as they fell (77-53) to the UFV Cascades on Saturday at the Envision Financial Athletic Centre.
The Heat, suffering from injuries, battled hard but ultimately the Cascades controlled Saturday's rematch. UFV started with a game-opening (11-2) run and from there, went on to square their record at (2-2). With the loss, UBCO falls to (1-5).
Kasey Patchell led the Heat attack on the night, as she racked up a career-high 14 points for the visitors.
The Cascades' starting forwards, Taylor Claggett and Deanna Tuchscherer, got the hosts off to a great start, combining for nine of UFV's first 11 points. The lead was (22-9) at the end of the first quarter, and the Cascades continued to pull away from there.
UFV continued to expand the lead in the second half, peaking at 34 points (76-42) after Amanda Thompson hit a pair of free throws with five minutes left in the fourth quarter.
The Heat – shorthanded with five players sidelined due to injury – had a strong finish to the game, closing things out on an (11-1) run behind some full-court pressure.
"To execute some pressure against a good team, it was good to see," UBCO head coach Bobby Mitchell said. "I think we can build on the energy of that group that was on the floor for the last four or five minutes.
"I was proud of the effort, proud of the group to come out and compete back-to-back. That's a good team (UFV), they're well-coached, they do a good job with their execution. I didn't mind our compete level through four quarters. I thought we really battled."
Claggett had a huge night for the Cascades, racking up 24 points including 8-for-8 from the foul line. Deanna Tuchscherer scored 13 points, and Veronica Kobes and Maddy Gobeil both scored in double digits with 10 points apiece. The UFV squad turned in a solid defensive performance, forcing 31 turnovers.
The Heat host the UBC Thunderbirds with the Friday match set to start at 6 p.m. PST in the Okanagan gym.
UFV are at home next weekend for a Friday-Saturday set with the Lethbridge Pronghorns.
All action can be watched live on Canada West tv presented by Co-op.
~ Seyara Campbell, Heat Sports Information, with notes from Dan Kinvig, UFV Athletics