What you need to know
- The Heat women will continue their road trip this weekend when they travel to Kamloops to face their closest geographical foe in the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack. Tip-off is early on Friday, 11 a.m.
- Last weekend the Heat put together their best performance of the season but would fall just short against Mount Royal (78-76) in search of their first win.
- Thompson Rivers comes in with a 1-5 record but beat UBC last weekend in Vancouver.
- This matchup is part of the Presidents Cup Trophy which is a challenge between the Heat and WolfPack across Canada West competition.
GAME TIMES (PT)
FRIDAY, NOV 23rd
SATURDAY, Nov 24th
Korol's outstanding weekend:
- Heat forward Jordan Korol is coming off arguably the best individual weekend performance in women's basketball program history. Following her performance, she was named the Canada West Women's Third Star of the week. This marks the first time a Heat female basketball player has ever been awarded this achievement.
- The Coldstream product didn't just go off for a double-double in each game, she did so in two of the four halves of basketball she played this past weekend.
- On Friday, in the second half alone, Korol tallied 14 points and 12 rebounds to send her to single-game career highs in both points (26), and rebounds (18).
- Then in the first half on Saturday, it was 13 points and 10 rebounds that did the trick for Korol. She finished with 24 points and 15 rebounds in 37 minutes on Saturday.
Presidents Cup Trophy:
- Women's basketball will be the third portion of the Kelowna versus Kamloops university competition of the Presidents' Cup between the schools. 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.
- Last season TRU took home the men's and women's Cup. 2019 Scoring Matrix | Full History
Head to head with the WolfPack: (2-10)
- The Heat would fall in both games against TRU last year in Kelowna by 82-65 and 82-72 scorelines in the teams home-opening weekend.
- 2016 was the last time the Heat captured a victory against their Okanagan rivals as they won 60-49 in Kamloops. Just one starter from this game (Jordan Korol) is still on the current Heat team.
Scouting Thompson Rivers
Opening month recap:
- Following four straight losses to open up their Canada West season, the 'Pack got things on track last weekend in Vancouver with a 73-61 victory over the UBC Thunderbirds. All five starters would score in double-figures on the night including 21 points from guard Michelle Bos.
- Scoring has been one of the main issues for the Kamloops team early in the season as they have scored over 60 points in just two of their six conference games so far. This includes two games in which they failed to reach 50.
- They are shooting on average just 32.1% from the field six games into the year but have done a good job minimizing turnovers, as they average the fourth least give-aways at just 14.5 a contest.
- The guard combination of Michelle Bos, Leilani Carney, and Jordon Haggerty have done nearly 65% of the scoring for this TRU squad. Led by Bos, who is averaging 13.7 points a contest so far this year. Bos is also the teams best rebounder, snagging on average 9 boards a contest which includes nearly four offensive rebounds a game.
- Carney comes into averaging 11.3 points a game which is helped out by shooting over 80% from the foul line. It's a similar story for Haggerty who shoots 85% from the line and averages over five attempts a game.