KELOWNA, B.C. - Led by Jordan Korol's double-double, the UBCO Heat women stuck with sister-school UBC through nearly three quarters, but would ultimately fall (75-57).
The visitors (22-4) run in the fourth quarter would seal the deal as Keylyn Filewich would finish with a team-high 19 points and seven boards. Fifth-year Heat forward Jordan Korol would play her way to a double-double, scoring 20 points and adding 10 boards.
UBC improves their conference record to two games above .500 (5-3), while the Heat drop to (1-7) going into the final weekend before the Christmas break.
The Heat stuck to head coach Bobby Mitchell's gameplan of "coming out and being aggressive," taking the lead in the first quarter. Shooting 47% in the frame, their highest-scoring quarter in four games, the Heat earned a (20-15) lead.
The Thunderbirds would push back, going on an (11-4) run to open the second stanza. Accelerated by Tanis Metcalfe's eight points, part of her 10 in the game, UBC took a (34-30) lead into halftime.
In the third quarter, the teams went back-and-forth but ultimately UBC would come out on top (50-44). Filewich continued her strong play with eight in the frame.
The Thunderbirds would outscore the Heat (25-13) in the fourth as the Heat stalled shooting 30% from the field. Jessica Hanson would add eight points in the quarter for UBC as part of her 16 point performance.
UBCO would shoot 35% from the field, six percentage points above their season average, while UBC connected on just over 50%.
Rookie guard Kelsey Falk would chip in nine points for Heat, contributing six boards, three assists and a pair of steals.
The Heat stay at home and await a tough matchup next weekend with the No. 2 ranked team in the country in the Calgary Dinos. Friday's tip-off is at 6 p.m. PST.
UBC head back to Vancouver for a weekend series against Lethbridge to close out their winter schedule.
All action can be watched live on Canada West tv presented by Co-op.
~ Brandon Smith, Heat Sports Information