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PREVIEW: Women's basketball season opens on Friday in Langley

PREVIEW: Women's basketball season opens on Friday in Langley

What you need to know

  • The Heat women open their new Canada West season this weekend in Langley against the Trinity Wester Spartans in a two game set.
  • Following a bust preseason schedule, the Heat women are looking to win their first game conference since Feb.10th 2017 against UFV.
  • Trinity Western comes into this season with high expectations, coming off a 16-4 season in which they fell in the conference semifinals.
  • After the preseason the Heat will tip-off on Friday night at 6 p.m. at the Langley Events Centre. The match on Saturday will tip-off at 5 p.m.



Basketball (W) / Canada West Conference Opener
6 PM PT |
 UBC Okanagan Heat (0-0) at the Trinity Western Spartans (0-0)  | Webcast | Live Stats | Tickets
@ Langley Events Centre, Langley, BC


Basketball (M) / Canada West Conference Game
7 PM PT | UBC Okanagan Heat at the Trinity Western Spartans | Webcast | Live Stats | Tickets
@ Langley Events Centre, Langley, BC

Preseason recap:

  • It was a busy preseason for head coach Bobby Mitchell and the Heat as they played in six different tuneups prior to the regular season, including a week trip to Montreal, Quebec for the Redbird Classic.
  • The Heat would defeat the VIU Mariners in their opening preseason game in Kelowna before their Quebec trip.
  • While the team would fail to get a win at the Redbird Classic, they were facing off against some of the strongest competition in U SPORTS.
  • The final tuneup would be two games at home against the UNBC Timberwolves last weekend where they fell by scores of 74-69 and 77-66.

Impact player:

  • Heat forward Brianna Falk was the offensive force the team need this season during the preseason, racking up four double-figure scoring games which included a 23 point performance against UNBC where she made eight of 13 shots, including two threes. Falk would average just 3.8 points per game last season and is looking to improve in her second year with the program.

Head to head with the Spartans: (7-1)

  • The last time these two teams met was back in 2016-17 when the Spartans captured back-to-back victories at home in Langley by scores of 68-60 and 71-63.

Scouting Trinity Western

2017-18 season recap:

  • The Trinity women's team are coming off one of the best in school history, as they finished the regular season with a 16-4 record to clinch the third spot in the Canada West standings. They would fall in the semifinals of the playoffs against eventual silver medalists in the Saskatchewan Huskies in a tightly fought three game series.

Player to watch:

  • A two-time Canada West All-Star, Tessa Ratzlaff, who was named to the First Team last season, comes into the 2018-19 campaign set to help lead the Spartans on both the scoreboard and the glass. She was third in Canada West last year with 18.4 points per game, while adding 7.8 rebounds per game. With the departure of both Kayla Gordon and Ashleigh Barnes, Ratzlaff will be tasked with taking on an even larger role within the Spartans forward ranks.

New additions:

  • Nicole Fransson / F / 1 / Edmonton / Archbishop MacDonald
  • Jaya Bannerman / G / 1 / Chilliwack, B.C. / GW Graha
  • Jolene Vlieg / G / 1 / Leduc, Alta. / Leduc Composite
  • Nicole Peters / F / 1 / Abbotsford, B.C. / MEI
2019 Graduation
June 7, 2019 2019 Graduation