VICTORIA – Two fifth-year forwards led the way for UBCO as senior Ana Evans tallied a Heat-high nine points and Jordan Korol potted eight points against Victoria on Friday night at the CARSA Performance Gym.
The effort from the seniors wasn't enough to overcome a cold shooting night from the floor for the UBC Okanagan women's basketball team, as the Heat dropped their first contest of 2020, 68-43.
Korol was well on her way to her third double double of the season having scored eight points and grabbed eight rebounds at the end of three quarters. However, with game out of reach in the fourth Korol finished with the eight and eight.
Evans led the way for UBCO with nine points as the Heat struggled to score all night long and finished without making a three on the night (0-14). UBCO hadn't been held a full game without a three in almost three full years. The last time that happened was on January 6, 2017, against Regina when they went (0-11).
A strong defensive game for UBCO was undermined by their poor shooting and sloppy ball control.
The Heat's shooting woes weren't limited to just missing threes as they shot (18-55) from inside the arc. The 21 turnovers led directly to 16 points for the Vikes.
The Vikes won the rebounding battle 52-48 and took cooked the Heat's bench by outscoring their subs 34-12. Katie Langdon played a big role in both of those categories, as she came off the bench to score 12 points and record 11 rebounds.
Her 12 points tied her for the team lead with the captain Kristy Gallagher, who scored half her points from the charity stripe.
The Heat held UVic to just 35 per cent shooting but allowed Victoria to run away with the game after trailing by just four points after the first quarter.
Morgan Roskelley rang in the New Year by draining a pair of threes, as she scored the Vikes (7-2) first eight points, while Katie Langdon used a pair of moves in the paint to stake the Vikes to a 12-8 lead after one frame.
The Heat (1-10) kept pace with the Vikes thanks to a strong first half from second-year guard Alessia Brutto. While she tied Lucy Faba and Jordan Korol with four first-half points, she led the way with four assists.
As the Heat began to knock down shots on early in the second quarter, third-year Vikes guard Ashlyn Day started clamping down on defence. Playing against her hometown team, Day forced three turnovers and blocked one shot in the opening 20. Her defence turned into offence, as she got on the glass and knocked down a corner jumper for her seven first-half points. She finished with nine points and led the game with four steals.
These two B.C. squads will close out the weekend tomorrow evening (5 p.m.) back at CARSA.
~ Tyler Lowey, Vikes Communications