The UBC Okanagan Heat women opened 2016 with just one game and made the most of it with a 48-45 victory over the Thompson Rivers Wolfpack Friday at the Kelowna campus.
In a low-scoring affair, Vanessa Botteselle came off the bench to lead the victories nine points. Three forwards—Robyn Aulin-Haynes, Kayla McFadden, and Jordon Korol—each finished with seven points.
At 6-3, the Heat is off to its best start ever in its brief CIS history which began in 2011.
The Saturday game originally scheduled between the Heat and ‘Pack was rescheduled to Jan. 30 and will be played in Kamloops.
This coming weekend, the Heat will travel to Calgary for a doubleheader against the Mount Royal Cougars.
Heat men split…
The UBC Okanagan men tipped off 2016 with a split against the TRU Wolfpack.
On Friday in Kelowna, in front of a large crowd at the UBCO gym, the ‘Pack prevailed 69-57.
Aldrich Berrios, for the fifth time in the last six UBC Okanagan games, led the Heat in scoring with 19 points.
Randall Mosca continued his super-sub role and scored nine points off the bench. Second-year guard Cam Servatius also finished with nine points and had 11 rebounds.
On Saturday in Kelowna, the Heat bounced back with a 62-57 win.
Berrios led the Heat again with 18 points, including four three-pointers, while Mitch Goodwin had 15, and Cam Friesen, nine.
The Heat, off to the best start in Canada West play at 5-5, will visit the Mt. Royal Cougars for two this weekend.