Posted: Jan 16, 2020
What you need to know
- The (2-12) Heat return home after a four-game road trip to Victoria and Edmonton.
- They were able to win one game, losing three in the process; their win against UVic was their first over the Island team in program history.
- The team now embarks on a four-game homestand which kicks off this weekend against the (3-9) UNBC Timberwolves.
- The Timberwolves come to town after an unsuccessful homestand against UFV which saw a pair of losses.
- Crucial points are on the line as the Heat now sit just two points back of UNBC, who themselves, are two points back of Mount Royal - the team currently holding the final playoff spot.
GAME TIMES (PT)
FRIDAY, JAN 17th - Shoot for the Cure Annual Basketball Games
SATURDAY, JAN 18th - CapriCMW Insurance Game Night
- Against a highly praised Alberta team, despite the losses, UBCO was able to stick with the Pandas for the majority of both games, dropping the first game (64-55) followed by a (75-55) loss.
- Jaeli Ibbetson made her return to the lineup last weekend after an eight-game hiatus due to injury as she hadn't played since November 9th.
Players to watch:
- Ana Evans, a fifth-year forward dropped a career-high 19 points in Friday's loss. She has started the last 10 games for the team, and 12 of 14 this season, averaging seven points in 21 minutes of action per night.
- The aforementioned Ibbetson was off to an inspiring start to her Canada West career before being injured. The Kelowna Secondary grad was averaging a team-high 17.5 points pre-injury. She came off the bench on Friday, playing 25 minutes, making the start on Saturday she dropped a team-high 15 points.
Head to head with UNBC: (9-5)
- The Heat last faced off against the Timberwolves last season in Prince George dropping both matchups despite their prior successes against the team.
Shoot for the Cure
- The Heat will once again be one of the many schools continuing the tradition of fundraising in the fight against cancer as part of U Sport's Shoot for the Cure initiative.
- The Shoot for the Cure campaign has proven an overwhelming success since it was launched in the fall of 2007, with over $1.3 million in donations to date.
- For the ninth straight year, UBCO will dedicate a women's and men's game collect to support the Canadian Cancer Society - please consider coming out to support our athletes while also supporting an important cause.
- Donations will be collected at their home basketball games this Friday versus the University of Northern British Columbia Timberwolves on Friday, January 17th.
- The Timberwolves come to Kelowna on a five-game losing streak and will be looking for crucial playoff points against UBCO.
- Last weekend the team fell in a pair of tight matches to the visiting UFV Cascades.
- In 12 games this season, the team ranks third in both free-throws attempted and made this season, also fourth in steals per game.
- The undisputed offensive leader for the team is the 2016-17 Canada West Rookie of the year, Madison Landry. The fourth-year guard, playing for her hometown Timberwolves, is leading the conference in points per game with 20.3, adding four boards and two assists.
- Landry is fresh off a pair of 24 point performances in the losses to the Cascades last weekend but is capable of even more, evident in her 36 point game in her teams win against TRU this season.