The UBC Okanagan Heat have the inside track on a third-place finish in BCCAA women’s basketball thanks to a 88-78 victory Saturday night over the visiting UNBC Timberwolves.
At 11-5, the Heat currently share third spot with the T-Wolves but if the teams end up tied, UBCO would win on points for-and-against in the season series.
Fifth year guard and captain Jenna Kantz paced the Heat with 27 points to become the program’s all-time leading scorer.
Kantz surpassed the previous mark of 788 points set by current Heat assistant Mandy Trenholm.
Ashley Briker was named the player of the game with 20 points—including four three-pointers—five assists and five steals.
The Heat, needing to win by eight or more, earned the points required to overtake UNBC in a possible tiebreaker late in the fourth quarter.
Up by six in the final minute, Melissa Irish played an instrumental role, assisting on one basket and scoring the other in a 10-point victory.
“This win was huge,” said the Heat’s Laura Campbell.
“We’re glad to get a tough game like (Saturday) out of the way.”
UBC Okanagan will wrap up the regular season this Friday and Saturday at home against the Quest Kermodes (7-9). Barring an upset, the Heat will finish third in the BCCAA.
An inability to capitalize on first half opportunitees, along with foul trouble hindered the UBCO men who dropped a 87-78 decision to the UNBC Timberwolves Saturday night.
Traling by 14 at the half, Dan Briscoe sparked the Heat with 10 of his team-high 16 points to get UBCO to within two points at 61-59.
But the T’Wolves closed the deal with a big fourth quarter, while captain Alex Roth fouled out of the game.
“We didn’t handle the pressure very well,” said head coach Darren Semeniuk. “I thought UNBC came out quite flat in the first quarter, and we didn’t really capitalize…we were sloppy passing the ball, and with turnovers in general.”
Iain Con had 14 points, while players of the game Steve Morrison added eight and 11 rebounds.
The Heat (6-10) are currently in fourth spot in the BCCAA. If they get past the quarterfinals at provincials in three weeks time, they will likely see UNBC (14-2) or VIU(16-1) in the semis. This Friday and Saturday, the Heat wrap up the regular season against Quest (6-10) at the UBCO gym.