UBC Okanagan’s breakout season in Canada West women’s basketball continued with a two-game sweep of the Mount Royals Cougars over the weekend in Calgary.
In the process, the Heat (8-3), under first-year head coach Claire Meadows, has set a new team record for wins in a season. The previous high of six happened twice before, in 2012-13 and against last season.
On Friday night, UBCO wasn’t at the top its game but prevailed over the last-place Cougars 44-40.
“Although it wasn’t our best game the team was able to find a way to win, showing composure and some maturity when we face pressure or adverse situations,” said Meadows.
The Heat was led by Shenelle Tamminen who scored 11 points. Point guard Claire Elliott followed with 10 points, while Kayla McFadden had eight.
On Saturday, the Heat ramped up their game a notch to record a 68-53 win over Mount Royal, now 1-11.
Captain Emily Kanester said the Heat’s “focus was on tenacity, owning the boards and taking advantage of the opportunities we had from breaking the press.”
Claire Elliott led the way with 16 points, as four Heat players hit double digits. McFadden followed Elliott with 13 points, while Chloe Kennedy had 12 points and Kanester, 11.
The Heat is tied for second in the Explorer Division with Thompson Rivers, two points back of MacEwan.
The Heat’s next action is Friday in Prince George against the UNBC Timberwolves.
Heat men drop two
The Mount Royal Cougars turned aside the UBC Okanagan Heat, sweeping a weekend set from the Kelowna-based squad in Canasa West men’s action.
The results leaves the Cougars, Heat and MacEwan all tied for the last playoff spot in the Explorer division.
On Friday in Calgary, the Cougars scored a season-high 32 points en route to a 79-63 win.
The Heat (5-7) was led by third year, Cameron Friesen who had 14 points coming off the bench. Cam Servatius added 12 points while second year Dean Johnston had 10. The Heat had ten of its twelve players contribute to the scoresheet and of their 63 points, 35 were from their bench.
Aldrich Berrios and Randall Mosca, who combined for 52 points when these two teams last met in Kelowna, were held to just five points.
On Saturday, a similar result saw the Heat fall 79-57.
The Heat was led by senior Mitch Goodwin who scored 21 points.
UBCO will head to Prince Prince George next weekend to play the Timberwolves.