What you need to know
- The (2-10) Heat opened the second half of their season in Victoria, securing a split.
- Their (88-77) win on Saturday was the team's highest offensive output this season, proving to be UBCO's first victory over UVic in program history.
- The team stays on the road this weekend, heading to Edmonton for a showdown with the (8-2) Pandas.
- Coming off a four-game win streak to end the first half of the season, Alberta plays host to the Heat as they open their 2020 campaign at home.
GAME TIMES (PT)
FRIDAY, JAN 10th
Basketball (W) | Canada West conference road game
5 PM PST | UBC Okanagan Heat (2-10) at the Alberta Pandas (8-2) | Webcast | Live Stats
Ticket Information | @ Saville Community Sports Centre, Edmonton, AB
SATURDAY, JAN 11th
Starting 2020 on the right foot:
- The Heat's 83-point outburst against the Vikes on Saturday was the first time the team has eclipsed the 80-point threshold since 2014, an (85-80) OT win against MacEwan.
- The Heat were able to connect on a season-high eight treys in their win on Saturday which was retribution from their zero-of-fourteen from three in the game on Friday.
- The team currently sits second in Canada West in offensive rebounds and fourth in total boards.
Players to watch:
- Fifth-year forward Ana Evans tied her career-best outing against the Vikes. Draining two-of-three from beyond, the Coquitlam native put up a season-high 17 points
- Rookie guard, Kelsey Falk, from Vernon, set also set a new career-high last weekend. She dropped 16 points and adding 10 boards securing her first career Canada West double-double
Head to head with Alberta: (0-4)
- The Heat are yet to win a match against the Pandas, last meeting in November 2017.
- The visiting Alberta squad took both matches against the home side.
- Alberta has been locking down their opponents consistently this season, coming in with the third-lowest points allowed in the conference and second in blocks.
- Winning six of their last seven games, the Pandas sit just outside the national top-10 as an honourable mention.
- Fifth-year guard Vanessa Wild is at the offensive helm for the Pandas. Fresh off a season-high 25-point performance against Regina, her 18.8 points per game this season is good for the third-best average in the conference.
- Senior forward Megan Tywoniuk is chipping in just over 10 points a game for Alberta. She has started all 10 games for the team.