LANGLEY, B.C. – A balanced scoring attack and strong rebounding by the Trinity Western Spartans sent the visiting UBC Okanagan Heat to a (79-57) loss in Canada West women's basketball action Saturday night at the Langley Events Centre in Langley, B.C.
The win improves TWU to 2-0 on the season, while the loss drops UBCO to 0-2.
A hot shooting Spartans out rebounded and out shot UBCO in the second quarter to put the home team up 10 at the half, a lead they would not relinquish.
TWU went (3-6) from the three compared to UBCO's (1-7), while TWU hauled in nearly as many offensive rebounds (5) as total boards for UBCO (6) in the decisive second as the Heat were outscored 25-14, and trailed 30-40 at the half.
Three Heat players hit double digits on Saturday as Brianna Falk came off the bench to lead the team with 13 points, Jordan Korol added 12 points, and Ana Evans with 11 points led the Heat in scoring.
Fourth year guard Sarah Buckingham with 22 points led the Spartans in scoring, while fifth year forward Tessa Ratzlaff (Abbotsford, B.C) and rookie forward Nicole Franson (Edmonton, Alta.) each had double-doubles. Ratzlaff finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds, while Franson finish with 17 points and 11 rebounds.
The two teams were evenly matched through the first quarter, with UBC Okanagan leading 16-15 after 10 minutes.
The second quarter continued with the same back-and-fourth play. With 7:30 remaining in the half the Heat's Vanessa Botteselle hit a three point basket to give UBCO a 24-21 lead. It would be the last time the Heat would lead in the game.
From there the Spartans defence and offence got into sync as TWU finished the half with a 19-6 run.
The Spartans extended their lead to 61-43 at the end of 30 minutes and UBCO was not able to mount a comeback, as the Heat just couldn't hit from deep, going 2-15 from three in the game, falling 79-57.
- UBCO outscored the Spartans in the paint 28-24, but only scored six second chance points compared to 17 for TWU.
- The Spartans finished the game outrebounding the Heat 56-35 and outshot UBCO 41.3 percent (31-75) to 33.8 percent (23-68).
- Buckingham's improved on her previous career-high for points was 19, which she set last night.
- With her 18 points Tessa Ratzlaff now has 1155 career points. She is now nine points from the TWU record held by Kayla Gordon ('18).
The Spartans will travel to Saskatchewan to face the University of Regina on November 2 and 3. Game times are scheduled for 5 p.m. CST in Regina, Sask. While the Heat will head home to host the Brandon Bobcats for their home opener. Game times in Kelowna, BC are set for 6 p.m. and 5 p.m. PT.
~ With notes from Scott Stewart, Sports Information Director | Spartan Athletics