UBCO teams get splits on hardwood

Heat men and women each pick up second wins of the basketball season on home court

Vanessa Botteselle and the UBC Okanagan Heat will head to Prince George this weekend for Canada West women's basketball action.

After a dramatic overtime win to kick off the weekend, the UBC Okanagan women settled for a split of Canada West basketball games against the visiting MacEwan Griffins.

On Friday, the Heat went to extra time for the third straight week and prevailed 85-80.

UBCO looked in control, leading by as many as 14 during regulation, before MacEwan rallied to tie the game at 70-70, forcing a fifth and deciding period.

In overtime, the Griffins jumped out to an early lead 78-74, before the Heat scored 11 of the next 13 points to ensure the five-point victory.

Third-year guard Jessica Jazdarehee was the Heat’s standout player with a game-best of 16 points and five rebounds. Starting forward Kayla McFadden had 14 points—four in overtime—and eight rebounds.

All five starters finished the game with double digit scoring for UBC Okanagan with Sarah Allison scoring 14 points, Claire Elliott had 11 and Angela White, 10.

“I told the girls if we play one more overtime game I’m going to retire in December,” joked head coach Heather Semeniuk.

On Saturday, the Griffins got even with a convincing 78-52 victory over the Heat.

“They just played better than us tonight,” Semeniuk said following the game. “It’s hard to win when the other team plays better than you.”

Rookie guard Vanessa Botteselle led the Heat coming off the bench with 11 points.

Jazdarehee contributed 10 points and five rebounds but like her UBC Okanagan teammates struggled from the field going 3-for-11. As a team the Heat was 17-for-70.

The Heat (2-4) are on the road this weekend as they head to Prince George Friday to take on UNBC.

Heat men

A 24-point effort by Mitch Goodwin on Friday night carried the UBC Okanagan Heat to its second win of the Canada West season, 80-76 over the visiting MacEwan Griffins.

UBCO started quickly, leading 25-13 after just one quarter.

Goodwin, the lone third-year player on UBCO, scored 10 points in the first frame including 2-of-4 from long range. Second-year David Manshreck also hit a pair of threes in the frame and contributed eight of his 10 points in the deciding opening 10 minutes.

No UBC Okanagan player had more than six rebounds but the Heat just edged the Griffins on the boards by the (46-43) for the night.

“We can still be a much better team defensively, that being said we still found a way to win,” says head coach Pete Guarasci after his team’s win on Friday night.

On Saturday, the Griffins fought back with a 68-64 win over the Heat.

First-year guard Aldrich Berrios had the hot hand for the home squad as he went for a game-high 19 points and went 5-for-7 from the three-point line. A big spark for the Okanagan team was second-year Cameron Friesen who put up 14 points with five rebounds and two assists.

The Heat (2-4) hit the road for the final games before the December break at UNBC this weekend in Prince George.


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