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PREVIEW: UBCO closes conference schedule with road swing at Saskatchewan this weekend

PREVIEW: UBCO closes conference schedule with road swing at Saskatchewan this weekend

What you need to know


  • Coming off back-to-back losses against the Winnipeg Wesmen, the Heat women will close out their Canada West regular season when they take on the No. 1 team in the country in the Saskatchewan Huskies.
  • Already eliminated from postseason contention, UBCO is just looking to improve their position in the final conference standings.
  • The Huskies fell for the first time this season to the Calgary Dinos last Saturday but still sit atop the U SPORTS rankings thanks to a stout defense. 

GAME TIMES (PT) 

FRIDAY, JAN 31st

Basketball (W) | Canada West conference road game
4 PM PST |
 UBC Okanagan Heat (2-16) at the No. 1 Saskatchewan Huskies (15-1) | Webcast | Live Stats
Ticket Information | @ Physical Activity Complex (PAC), Saskatoon, SK

SATURDAY, FEB 1st   

Basketball (W) | Canada West conference road game
3 PM PST |
UBC Okanagan Heat at the No. 1 Saskatchewan Huskies | Webcast | Live Stats
Ticket Information | @ Physical Activity Complex (PAC), Saskatoon, SK


Final weekend:

  • With the Heat getting a bye in the final weekend of the regular season, the women will be seeing their final action of the conference season when they take on the Huskies.
  • Already eliminated from playoff contention, UBCO is looking to stay above Brandon in the standings as they currently sit a game behind them.
  • UBCO could move up with 14th in the standings if they were to pick up two victories this weekend, which would be their best finish since 2015-16. 

Senior send off:

  • Jordan Korol and Ana Evans will be on the floor for the last time this weekend in a Heat uniform in Saskatoon, as both were honoured last weekend on Graduating Player Night in the Furnace.
  • Korol had an outstanding weekend on the glass for the Heat, snagging 41 rebounds across the two games against Winnipeg, including 18 on the offensive glass.
  • Jordan was named a Canada West star of the week for her efforts. Her second in her career.
  • Katie Punia and Braxtyn Horbay did not dress last weekend but were still honoured as both are also graduating.  

Head to head with Saskatchewan: (0-5)

  • The Huskies have picked up all five victories in these series, including both games in Kelowna back in 2017-18. 
  • Prior to those two meetings, these two squads hadn't met since way back in the 2013 season.

Scouting the Huskies 

Perfect season ended:

  • Saskatchewan had their sights set on an undefeated season but would fall victim to the No. 2 ranked Calgary Dinos last Saturday (76-71) after beating the dinos by almost 30 points the night before. 
  • The Huskies still sit atop both the U SPORTS and Canada West standings and have captured five of the previous nine Canada West Championship. 
  • A stout defensive team, they are allowing under 50 points a contest, the lowest total in all of Canada.  

Impact players:

  • Senior forward Summer Masikewich is one of just two players averaging in double-figures for the Huskies at 17.5 points a contest, along with guard Sabine Dukate.
  • While those two are the only in double-figures, a total of seven players for Saskatchewan average at least 6.5 points a game, the most in the Canada West.

 

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