The 2015-16 version of the UBC Okanagan Heat women’s basketball squad is off to the best start in the school’s brief CIS history.
The Heat swept a pair of home games from the UNBC Timberwolves over the weekend to push their record to 3-1 in their fourth season in the Canada West conference.
On Friday, first-year head coach Claire Meadows watched her Heat take care of UNBC 67-61 at the Kelowna campus gym.
Emily Kanester paced the Heat attack, going 3-for-9 from outside the arc and finishing with 18 points.
Red-shirt freshman Robyn Aulin-Haynes played in her first game of the season and Heat career, finishing with seven points, eight rebounds in 13 minutes of floor time.
Claire Elliott scored 11 points and Chloe Kennedy added seven points with nine boards, as both were key defensively.
On Saturday, the Heat completed the sweep with a convincing 70-49 verdict over the T’Wolves.
The Heat took over the game with a 19-point run in the third quarter, as nine players made it on to the scoresheet.
Shenelle Tamminen led UBC Okanagan, going 4-for-4 from the three-point line to account for all 12 of her points.
Fourth-year quard Emily Kanester had 11 points and five rebounds. Chloe Kennedy and Claire Elliott each finished nine points, and Robyn Aulin-Haynes produced eight points on the night as the Heat won its third straight game.
“I thought we showed great composure and great resiliency down the stretch,” said coach Claire Meadows “I think for how early on it is in the season that showed a lot of character on our team’s part.”
“Consistency, especially with the start of the game is something to strive towards going into the rest of the season.
“But I think if we keep working hard, we have proven what we can do on the court.”
This weekend, the Heat (3-1) heads to Calgary for a pair of games against the Mount Royal Cougars.
Aldrich Berrios scored 32 points Saturday night to lead the Heat men to their first win of the Canada West season, 78-57 over the Timberwolves.
Berrios was firing bombs, going 62 per cent (5-for-8) from the three-point line, as the Heat raised its season record to 1-3.
Dean Johnston chipped in with 12 points and eight rebounds, Mitch Goodwin had 11 points, and Randall Mosca and Spencer Thomas who each produced eight points.
The victory made amends for a 64-48 loss to UNBC on Friday night in UBCO’s home opener.
Goodwin was the lone Heat player to hit double digits with 11 points.
Randall Mosca followed with seven points and Cameron Servatius added six.
Pete Guarasci’s Heat will be on the road this weekend for two games in Calgary against Mount Royal.