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PREVIEW: Heat face off against Wesmen on graduating players weekend

PREVIEW: Heat face off against Wesmen on graduating players weekend

What you need to know


  • It's seniors weekend for the Heat as they honour the careers of Jordan Korol, Ana Evans, Katie Punia and Braxtyn Horbay prior to Saturday nights matchup.
  • The Heat are coming off a nail-biting defeat to UNBC where they had a chance at the buzzer to tie things up but ultimately fell 72-70.
  • Winnipeg comes into this weekend at 8-6 and sit squarely in the middle of the playoff picture in the conference.
  • Friday nights matchup with also feature as Bell Lets Talk night, a campaign promoting mental health awareness. For the full story, you can click here.

GAME TIMES (PT) 

FRIDAY, JAN 24th

Basketball (W) | Canada West conference home game
6 PM PST |
 UBC Okanagan Heat (2-14) vs the Winnipeg Wesmen (8-6) | Webcast | Live Stats
Ticket Information | @ UBC Okanagan Gymnasium, Kelowna, B.C.

SATURDAY, JAN 24th  

Basketball (W) | Canada West conference home game
4 PM PST |
 UBC Okanagan Heat vs the Winnipeg Wesmen | Webcast | Live Stats
Ticket Information | @ UBC Okanagan Gymnasium, Kelowna, B.C.


Seniors Acknowledgement:

Ana Evans:

  • The forward transferred to UBC Okanagan after spending two years at the University of Auburn at Montgomery.
  • Since her arrival, the product of Coquitlam, BC has featured in 54 Canada West games, including 34 career starts heading into this weekend.
  • She has averaged 5.5 points a game in her three seasons with the program, including a career-high 19 points just a couple of weekends ago against the Alberta Pandas.
  • Evans is shooting a career-best 78% from the charity stripe this season and is at 73% for her career from the line.

Braxtyn Horbay:

  • An Academic All-Canadian last season, Horbay has played both basketball and soccer in her time with the Heat.
  • The science student from Camrose, Alberta has featured in 17 Canada West basketball games, including 15 last season.

Jordan Korol:

  • Korol is one of the most highly accomplished Heat student-athletes in recent memory, including being named the Sylvia Sweeney Award recipient by the Canada West for her outstanding athletic achievement along with academic success and community service last year.
  • The graduate of Vernon Secondary was the UBC Okanagan Female Outstanding Athlete of the Year in 2018-19 and is a three time U SPORTS Academic All-Canadian.
  • She currently is the top rebounder in school history with 698, and sits seventh in school history coming into this weekend with 784 career points.
  • Last season the forward was the first in women's basketball history to average a double-double thanks to 13.0 points a game to go with 10.2 rebounds.
  • Her career-high in terms of points game last season against Mount Royal when she dropped 26 points and was named the Canada West Women's Third Star of the Week for her outstanding performance.

Katie Punia:

  • The guard from Langley has seen action in 27 Canada West games since joining the Heat last season including seven starts.
  • Racked up 93 rebounds, 49 assists, 45 points in her time with UBCO including a career-high 10 points against Brandon November.

Head to head with the Wesmen: (0-5)

  • These two teams have met just twice since 2015, as Winnipeg got two victories in their home gym a couple years ago in the regular season finale for both squads. 
  • Jordan Korol, Ana Evans and Brianna Falk are the only three players currently on that Heat squad who played in that game in 2017-18.

Scouting Winnipeg

Winning streak snapped:

  • The Wesmen were riding a six game winning streak prior to last weekend before they dropped two games to the undefeated Calgary Dinos on their home floor. 
  • Those two home losses were the first two of the season for Winnipeg, as they were 6-0 on their home court prior to that.
  • Away from home however it has been a different story for them, as they are just 2-4 on the road and lost four straight away from home in mid-November.

Backcourt trio:

  • Winnipeg rely heavily on their starting backcourt of Robyn Boulanger, Anna Kernaghan and Lena Wenke, who are currently all averaging in double-figures in terms of points.
  • All three shoot at least 70% from the free-throw line, including Kernaghan who shoots it up over 80% from the charity stripe. 
  • The three combined have missed just three starts combined all season in the Canada West, with all of them logging at least 27 minutes a game. 

Kelowna Flavour:

  • Kelowna Secondary grad, Chelsea Espenberg, is a second-year forward on this Wesmen squad. To date this season, Chelsea has played in 12 games and has made one start. 

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