KELOWNA, B.C. - Led by Jordan Korol in her final home game, the UBCO Heat surged in the third quarter but it was not enough to overcome a 24-point first-half deficit against the Winnipeg Wesmen as they ultimately fell (73-55) on Saturday night at the UBC Okanagan Gymnasium.
Korol, a fifth-year senior, ended her home career strongly with 21 points and 18 boards, her fifth double-double of the season, also adding an assist and a block.
The loss drops the Heat to (2-16) on the season as the Wesmen's win improves their record to (10-6).
After shooting one-of-eleven from the field in the first quarter, the Heat found themselves down (44-20) at the half. Winnipeg's 24-point lead was largely a team effort, with eight Wesmen finding the scoresheet.
Winnipeg's sharp-shooting guard, Robyn Boulanger, would drain three treys in the second quarter, giving her 11 points at the half.
UBCO's Korol found herself just short of a double with nine-points and nine-boards through 20.
A third-quarter surge by the home side would cut the lead to as little as 10, but the visiting Wesmen were resilient, restoring their lead to 18 by game's end.
Four Wesmen found themselves in double-digit scoring, including Lena Wenke with her team-high 17 points and Jillian Duncan's 11-point, 10 rebound double-double. Kelowna-raised Chelsea Espenberg set a new career-high with 11 points in 18 minutes.
For the Heat, Jaeli Ibbetson also recorded a double-double with her 11 points and 10 boards, Kelsey Falk secured 13 boards and drained seven points, her performance included a huge block in the third quarter.
Also playing her final home game was Ana Evans. She finished eight points and six boards.
UBCO would shoot 27% in the game, outscored by Winnipeg's 36% from the field.
The Heat head on the road for a date with the No. 1 ranked Saskatchewan Huskies (14-0) in the team's final regular season games of the year, Friday's game starts at 4 p.m. The Wesmen head home to take on (5-11) Mount Royal Cougars on Friday at 6 p.m. PST.
All action can be watched live on Canada West tv presented by Co-op.
~Brandon Smith, Heat Sports Information
- Starting first with graduating player hailing from Camrose Alberta Number 3 Braxton Horbay.
- Braxton known as "Mom" to many of the first-year players, has been an integral part of the team structure and culture.
- As an Academic All-Canadian, last season Braxton's efforts on the court and in the classroom cannot go unrecognised.
- Braxton has played for both basketball and soccer in her time as a Heat athlete.
- This versatile athlete will graduate from the faculty of science this spring.
Katie Punia #4
- The guard from Langley has seen action in 27 Canada West games since joining the Heat last season including seven starts.
- Katie has racked up 93 rebounds, 49 assists, 45 points in her time with UBCO including a career-high 10 points against Brandon November.
- Katie is known for saying "I am sorry" somewhere around 417 times in 2 seasons.
- There is also the question "who is Katie Punia" as she has shown many different sides and just when you think you have seen it all she shows another. Graduating from the faculty of Arts.
Ana Evans #10
- One of two fifth-years, Ana Evans, is known for her elbows in practice...the team has all fallen victim to one or two.
- Ana is the ultimate teammate who would sacrifice anything for the team to be successful.
- Ana created "the Heat Way" hard work, effort, and accountability team first.
- 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.
- Averaging 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 foul line this season and is at 73% for her career from the line.
- Ana will be Graduating from the faculty of Science this spring.
Jordan Korol #12
- Team captain and second fifth-year grad, Jordan Korol "the muscle" is from the Okanagan Valley, hailing from Coldstream, BC.
- The players are quick to call on Jordan to handle any dispute in practice or otherwise.
- Jordan has a love for vans... coach Bobby Mitchell says "he has never seen someone get so excited for our rental cars when she sees we have a sienna...it's her 'dream car'".
- 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.
- With two games left in her career, Jordan is currently the top rebounder in school history with 739, and sits seventh in school history coming into this weekend now fourth in the list with 813 career points.
- She is the only UBCO member to be a part of the 800 700 club.
- 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 point scored in a single game was last year when she dropped 26 points and named the Canada West Women's Third Star of the Week for her outstanding performance.