~Oliver Rizun, Heat sports information
Kelowna, B.C. - A poor third quarter for the Heat women's basketball team proved costly as they would lose to the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack 82-72 on Sunday afternoon to fall to 0-4 on the season.
After what was arguably their best first-half performance on the season, the Heat would struggle to stop the visitors in the third frame as the 'Pack would win the quarter 25-12 after holding a slim one-point lead going into halftime (38-37). With the win the WolfPack improve to 4-0 on the season which has them tied atop the Canada West standings early on.
Free-throw line dominance:
- The free-throw line was once again the deciding factor in the game as the 'Pack would make 17 of 24 from the line (71%), while the Heat would make 6 of 11 (55%)
- The WolfPack got to the free-throw line 40 times in the two games and would turn these attempts into 31 points
The visitors started off hot from behind the arc as they made their first three shots that would result in a quick 9-4 lead for the WolfPack. The Heat would bounce back however, and would eventually take the lead 13-11 after a Kate Johnson left handed floater. Johnson would make an impact once again late in the quarter after a phenomenal bounce pass on the fast-break led to a Brianna Falk layup. At the end of a fast-paced first frame the home team would be leading 19-15 thanks to 47% shooting in the first frame. The visitors would fight back in the second quarter to take the slim lead going into halftime with the score 38-37. The free throw-line was once again the difference in the first half just like Fridays game as the 'Pack would make seven more free-throws in the half (9-2). Leilani Carney had eight points including two threes to lead all scorers.
The visitors would start the second half strong as a quick eight point run forced a timeout from the Heat just a minute and a half into the second half with the score 45-37. This early third quarter run would set the WolfPack up for the rest of the game as they would continue their strong play to build a 63-49 lead going into the fourth quarter. The Heat would cut the deficit to just seven at 72-65 with three minutes to go but this would be as close as they would get eventually losing by a final score of 82-72
- Four different Heat players would reach double figures in the game including 12 point performances by second-year guard Emma Jonas, who hit four three's on five attempts, and rookie guard Kate Johnson, who also had four assists
Inside the numbers:
- The visitors would hold a decisive advantage on the class as they collected 17 more boards then the Heat (45-27) including 12 offensive rebounds
- Both teams would shoot the ball well as TRU finished the game shooting nearly 48% from the field (28 of 59) while the hometown Heat would be just behind them shooting 43% (29 of 67)
- With the win the WolfPack clinch the Women's Presidents' Cup for the third consecutive year thanks to two wins in soccer were followed up by a weekend sweep of basketball.
- The Cup is handed out at the end of every season for the cumulative best school in head-to-head results, in each gender of Canada West competition. scoring matrix
- For full history on the Presidents Cup click here
Whats up next:
The Heat will be back on home-court again next weekend when they face the University of Alberta (3-1) with tip-off at 6 p.m. on Friday night and 5 p.m. Saturday night in the UBC Okanagan gymnasium. The WolfPack will be on the road once again next weekend as they travel to Saskatoon to face the Huskies (2-0).