ABBOTSFORD, B.C. – The UBC Okanagan Heat were frustrated once again in their hunt for their first win of the season, falling 65-37 to the University of the Fraser Valley Cascades on Saturday night. The Heat's shooting woes continued throughout the weekend, and had them at a disadvantage for much of the Saturday night matchup. Normally a strength for the team, the Heat were just 3 of 24 from the three-point line on Saturday.
The Cascades defence was able to keep the Heat from scoring in the double digits in three of the four quarters Saturday night, and were ahead the whole way through. After a second quarter that saw the Heat outscored 20-9, the UFV lead was well in hand.
The Heat got the scoring started early on, jumping out to a 5-0 lead and keeping the Cascades off the board until the 8:03 mark. After scoring those first five points in about the first minute of the game, the Heat would get on the board just once more, when Shenelle Tamminen made a jump shot at 7:00. From then on all of the scoring came from UFV, who scored nine unanswered to close out the opening quarter.
The second quarter saw the Heat on the board first again, as Vanessa Botteselle made a layup and Emma Johnson made a free throw to bring them within two points, down 12-10 a minute into the frame. After that the Cascades scored 11 unanswered points between 8:38 and 4:54 left in the first half. A three-pointer from Lindsey Bott and a jumper from Kate Johnson constituted the rest of the scoring in the quarter for the Heat, who went into half-time trailing 32-16.
The third quarter was the Heat's strongest of the night, as they scored 13 and held the Cascades to just two more. Emma Jonas was the leading Heat scorer in the third, with four points on a three-pointer and a free-throw. Despite their hottest quarter of the night, the Heat were trailing by double digits, 47-29, heading into the fourth.
Again in the fourth, the Heat were kept under ten points, and they weren't able to close the gap. The Cascades scored twice and kept the Heat off the board in the first two minutes of the final quarter, and had stretched their lead to more than 20. Jordan Korol scored the first points for the Heat in the frame with a layup with eight minutes left, and the Heat would not score again until Brianna Falk made a pair of free-throws with 3:22 left to play. Bott would be the lone scorer for the Heat in the final three minutes, adding a pair of free-throws and a layup. At the final whistle the Cascades had stretched their lead to 28, with the final points in the 65-37 score coming on a three-pointer from Amanda Thompson with 24 seconds left on the clock.
Leading scorers for the Heat on Saturday night were Emma Jonas and Lindsey Bott, who each finished with seven points. Behind them it was Emma Johnson, Vanessa Botteselle, and Jordan Korol, who each had four.
Korol was the leading rebounder on the night for UBCO, finishing with 10 boards, while finishing with a team-high three assists as well.
The team high in steals was shared by Jonas and Botteselle, with a pair each, and Korol was the other defensive leader with two blocks.
Shayna Litman was the high scorer in the game, putting up 17 points for the Cascades, followed closely by Sara Simovic, who had 15 on top of a team-high five assists.
Litman also led the home side in rebounds, finishing with 12. Victoria Jacobse finished with the team-high two blocks, and added six points, three rebounds, two assists, and two steals.
By the Numbers:
The Cascades were the much more consistent team from the floor on Saturday night, finishing ahead in field goal percentage (42.9% - 21.8%) and three-point percentage (29.4% - 12.5%). The Heat had the edge in free throw percentage (62.5% - 50%).
The Cascades out-rebounded the Heat 44-41, and finished ahead in assists (17-8) and steals (11-8) while giving up seven fewer turnovers (13-20).
The UBC Okanagan Heat (0-8) will play next at home, hosting the Manitoba Bisons (4-6) on December 1 and 2.
The UFV Cascades (4-6) have the Lethbridge Pronghorns (8-2) next up on the schedule, with a pair of games in Lethbridge set for December 1 and 2.
~ Grayson B. Leahy, Heat Sports Information