When it comes to wins and losses, the UBC Okanagan Heat are a picture of perfection so far in 2016.
Claire Meadows’ team made it five straight victories to start the new year in Canada West women’s basketball with a weekend sweep of the hometown UNBC Timberwolves.
The Heat, now 9-3, is tied for second spot in the Exploorer Division, just a game back of the MacEwan Griffins.
On Friday in Prince George, the Heat went on a 11-0 fourth quarter run en route to a 57-52 win.
Emily Kanester paced UBC Okanagan with 17 points, three steals and two rebounds, while Claire Elliott added 13 points and three boards. Robyn Aulin-Haynes made a solid contribution off the bench with 10 points and four rebounds.
On Saturday, the Heat was more convincing in a 71-42 victory over the T’Wolves.
Elliott, the junior point guard, led the way with 19 points, with Kanester adding 16. Aulin-Haynes chipped in with 11 points for the Heat, who scored 27 points in the paint, compared to UNBC’s 17.
The Heat will take its five-game winning streak to Kamloops Saturday to take on the Wolfpack.
The UBC Okanagan men gained some more traction in Canada West basketball with a clean sweep of the UNBC Timberwolves in Prince George.
The Heat, now 7-7, sit in sole possession of third in the Explorer Division, with three teams making the playoffs at season’s end.
On Friday, the Heat muzzled the ‘Wolves 72-50.
Aldrich Berrios led the way for UBCO with 20 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. Cameron Friesen chipped in with 13 points and three rebounds, while Spencer Thomas posted a double-double with 10 points and 10 boards.
On Saturday, the Heat followed up with another solid effort and 78-64 win.
Guard Mitch Goodwin paced his team with a season-high 25 points, going 71 per cent from the field. For the seventh time this season, Berrios broke the 20-point barrier again with 23, and added seven assists. Austin Penrose netted 10 points and seven rebounds off the bench.
Canada West action resumes for UBC Okanagan on Friday, Feb. 5 as the Kelowna squad hosts the University of the Fraser Valley Cascades.