Heat women in 1st-place hunt

Kirsten Shulhan and the UBC Okanagan women’s basketball team took two games from Langara over the weekend in Kelowna.  - Steve Shulhan/Contributor
Kirsten Shulhan and the UBC Okanagan women’s basketball team took two games from Langara over the weekend in Kelowna.
— image credit: Steve Shulhan/Contributor

With six straight wins, the UBC Okanagan Heat are back in the thick of the battle for top spot in BCCAA women’s basketball.

Thanks to a home-court sweep of Langara over the weekend, the Heat (10-3) is tied for second with VIU and UNBC, just one game back of first-place Capilano.

All four teams have five games remaining in the regular season.

The defending B.C. champs took care of the Falcons easily in both contests at the Kelowna gym.

On Friday, Jenna Kantz delivered 24 points in a 80-47 victory. Roslyn Huber added 14 points and grabbed 15 rebounds, while player of the game Kiertsen Shulhan had eight points, 11 rebounds and one block.

The Heat was again solid on defense and has won all six games in the second semester by double digits.

“Our defense has been really key,” said Shulhan.

On Saturday, Kantz was back to her tricks with 25 points, seven rebounds and six assists in a 78-47 win. Player of the game Roslyn Huber connected for 22 points, 17 rebounds and five blocked shots. Ashley Briker added 17 points and eight rebounds.

This weekend, the Heat will be in Nanaimo to take on VIU on Friday and Saturday, with both games carrying major implications for the standings.

““VIU is a bigger team than us,” said the Heat’s Nicole Dale. “We’re not so much a big team as we are a quick, running team, so that’s how we’re going to attack them.”

Heat men

Like the UBCO women, the Heat men have yet to lose in BCCAA action 2011.

The Heat pushed its record to 10-3 with a sweep of the Langara Falcons on home court. On Friday, it was the Roth brothers leading the charge in a seesaw 68-61 decision over the Falcons.

Player of the game Mack Roth had 19 points, including five three-pointers, while Alex Roth chipped in with 15 points, seven rebounds and four assists.

With the game hanging in the balance in the fourth quarter, Micah Cockrill stepped up with a pair of threes to put the Heat ahead to stay as a large and boisterous crowd cheered on the home squad.

““It’s awesome having all the fans out, supporting us,” said Mack Roth. “It’s always motivating for us.”

On Saturday, Cockrill scored 20 points and had five rebounds in a 70-61 win over Langara. Player of the game Alex Roth had 14 points, six rebounds and three assists, while Dave Mackay scored 14 and had six rebounds for the Heat.

Alex Roth said the Heat’s conditioning was a factor in the weekend sweep.

“We’re in pretty good shape out there,” he said. “Thanks to our strength and conditioning coach (Gabe Tobias), our legs feel good.”

This weekend, the Heat visit first-place VIU (12-1) for two games.

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