The UBC Okanagan Heat are hoping for a bounce back effort this weekend when they host Edmonton’s Grant MacEwan Griffins in Canada West women’s basketball action.
The teams will meet Friday and Saturday nights at the Kelowna campus gym.
The Heat is coming off a humbling sweep at the hands of the visiting Fraser Valley Cascades. It was the first two home defeats of the year for the Heat, now 10-6.
On Friday, UBCO fell to Fraser Valley 65-50. Emily Kanester led the Heat with 18 points in 37 minutes of action.
On Saturday, it was all Cascades in a lopsided 90-44 victory. Kayli Sartori led the way for the Cascades scoring 19 points, as UFV had five players in double digits.
UBC Okanagan’s leading scorers were Robyn Aulin-Haynes, who finished with eight points, while Emily Kanester and Emma Johnson each had seven in a lacklustre effort by the home side.
“We got out-worked, we got out-hustled, we got pushed around,” said coach Claire Meadows. “They came into our gym, and they made us look like we were far from prepared to play that basketball game.”
Looking ahead to her team’s next pair of games, Meadows said, “We’re focusing on Grant MacEwan next weekend, but it’s evident after watching these last two games that we have to spend some time on our defence, which is too bad, because that’s what we pride ourselves on.”
Mosca leads Heat men
Pete Guarasci’s UBCO men’s team remained in the thick of the playoff chase with a split against Fraser Valley.
The Cascades controlled Friday’s opener in Kelowna with an 81-65 victory.
The Heat was led by third year Cameron Friesen and Aldrich Berrios who scored 13 points each, while Nate Brown paced the winners with 18.
On Saturday, the Heat rebounded with a 68-65 win, with Randall Mosca providing the heroics for the home team.
Tied at 65 with 6.8 seconds left, Mosca drove the basket for two, and was fouled for a three-point play to secure the win.
“Usually once a week we work on a late game situation, but I think that was just more Randall being Randall, and finding a way to make that bucket,” Guarasci said. “It wasn’t anything I drew up, that was just Randall making a big play.”
Scoring leaders were Heat guard Mitch Goodwin and Cascades guard Manny Dulay, each with 24 points.
The Heat (8-8) will host MacEwan this Friday and Saturday in a pair of key games at the Kelowna campus.