The University of British Columbia

Women’s basketball’s comeback attempt thwarted by Vikes in season finale

UBCO's Rachel Hare drives to the basket in a game against the UBC Thunderbirds on February 19, 2022.
(Photo Credit: Conan Shing Photography)

KELOWNA, B.C. - The UBCO Heat were able to match the physicality and intensity brought to the Furnace by the Vikes, on Thursday night, but a first-half lead was enough to carry Victoria to a 63-55 win, despite a pair of double-doubles from Jaeli Ibbetson and Kelsey Falk.

Ibbetson, a third-year forward from Kelowna, B.C., had a team-high 17 points to go with 10 rebounds while chipping in with four assists. She finishes the season averaging 13.8 points per game, tying herself, and one other, for the second-best points per game average in a Heat season.

Kelsey Falk, from Vernon, B.C., had 11 rebounds in the first half, seven in the first quarter alone, en route to a 12-point, 16-rebound double-double. With her performance, Falk secured the record for highest rebounds per game mark in a UBCO season with 11.2.

It was a 10-0 run in the second quarter that helped the Vikes grab an eight-point lead at halftime. Calli Mcmillan, who plays for her hometown team out of Victoria, had 14 points through two quarters, part of her game-high 19 points. The fifth-year guard added four rebounds and a pair of assists in the win.

UBCO fought hard to tie the game in the third quarter, forcing seven turnovers in the frame, but an unrelenting Vikes squad retained a seven-point lead into the fourth. 

In the final frame, relentless pressure by the Heat closed the gap to as little as three. Ashlyn Day, who completes Victoria's veteran backcourt, helped ice the game, with timely baskets late in the fourth.

Day, a fifth-year from Kelowna, B.C., had 10 points, four rebounds, and two assists in the win.

The loss sees the Heat end their regular season at 7-11, while the Vikes improve to 10-7.

Seeding will be set this weekend, but UBCO will miss out on a first-round bye and will be in action on March fourth against a still-to-be determined opponent.

Stay tuned to GoHeat.ca for complete Canada West playoff information.