ABBOTSFORD, B.C. - Looking for their first win of the season, the Heat women's basketball would fall on Friday night against an unselfish and efficient University of the Fraser Valley team by a final score of 65-48 at the Envision Financial Athletic Centre in Abbotsford.
The Heat offense would falter for most of the night as they scored no more then 13 points in any of the quarters. For the game the team shot just under 32% from the field and 22% from behind the arc. The Heat (0-7) will look to bounce back on Saturday night when they face the Cascades (3-6) once again on the road.
Of the Cascades' 25 field goals, 21 of them came via an assist – a remarkable statistic that aptly illustrated the hosts' focus on sharing the ball. Shayna Litman was a beneficiary of that ball movement, racking up a season-high 24 points.
It was a quick start on the road for the Heat as they led early on 10-6 thanks to a three-point play by rookie Brianna Falk. The offense sputtered after that UBCO would be outscored 26-15 over the final fifteen minutes beofre the half.
The Heat would make a run of their own to start the second quarter as they would score six straight points to cut the lead to 19-18, and then the game would be tied for the last time with four minutes left in the second quarter (22-22).
The home team shot just over 45% in the first 20 minutes while the Heat would finish the first half at 37%.
Vanessa Botteselle led all Heat players in the first half with seven points. Shayna Litman had the hot hand for the Cascades as she had a 16 points and four rebounds at the break.
The Cascades once again outscored UBCO in the final half by 10 (33-23). Both teams found scoring from all over the lineup as seven players scored for both the Cascades and the Heat in the second half and nobody going for more then eight. Heat freshmen Claire Feasby hits two threes in the third quarter and would go 2-4 in the game from long range. Feasby is 50-percent from beyond ther arc on the season.
Inside the numbers:
- Fourth year guard Vanessa Botteselle would be the only Heat player in double-figures as she finished the game with 11 points including a perfect 4-4 from the free-throw line.
- Rookie Brianna Falk had her best game of the season for the Heat as she had a career-high nine point along with eight rebounds.
- Fifth-year forward Litman added nine rebounds to go with her game-high point total, and Claggett chipped in with nine points and 10 boards.
- Sara Simovic scored 12 points, and Katelyn Mallette had a solid game off the bench with eight points and five boards.
- UFV won the rebounding battle 51-28. With the loss of 6'1" Jordyn Cullum early in the season the Heat have been out rebounded in six of seven games this year.
- Both teams turned the ball over 22 times with the Heat cashing in those 22 miscues into 16 points. The Cascades generated 17 points off of UBCO turnovers.
The two teams lock horns again on Saturday (5 p.m., Envision Financial Athletic Centre, CanadaWest.tv).
~ Oliver Rizun, Heat sports information; with note from Dan Kinvig, UFV Athletics