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PREVIEW: Thunderbirds provide first opponents in 2019 for Heat

PREVIEW: Thunderbirds provide first opponents in 2019 for Heat

What you need to know


  • The Heat will open up the second portion of Conference play this weekend when they travel to Vancouver to face their sister school, the UBC Thunderbirds.
  • After a couple of close calls during the first semester, UBCO is still searching for their first victory of the season.
  • UBC comes in with a 6-4 record and is on a three-game win streak dating back to the end of November.

GAME TIMES (PT)

FRIDAY, JAN 4th 

Basketball (W) / Canada West Conference Game
6 PM PST |
 UBC Okanagan Heat (0-10) at the UBC Thunderbirds (6-4) | Webcast | Live Stats | Tickets
War Memorial Gymnasium, University of British Columbia Point Grey campus

SATURDAY, JAN 5th 

Basketball (W) / Canada West Conference Game
5 PM PST |
 UBC Okanagan Heat at the UBC Thunderbirds | Webcast | Live Stats | Tickets
War Memorial Gymnasium, University of British Columbia Point Grey campus

 


First semester recap:

  • While it has been a tough season so far for this Heat team, they showed signs of growth throughout the opening semester of play, including an overtime loss, a two-point loss, and a four-point loss.
  • The young team still sit just four games back of the final playoff spot with eight games remaining on their conference schedule.

Christmas exhibition slate:

  • Over the holiday break, head coach Bobby Mitchell would take his team to Winnipeg to play in the Wesmen Classic.
  • After 72-62 defeat to the host team, the Heat would make a fourth-quarter run against Brandon but fell one point short in a 65-64 loss.
  • The final game against Algoma was another nail-biter as the women fell 57-54 in the final game of the tournament.

Players to watch:

  • Senior Jordan Korol has been one of the best players in the conference so far this season, as she is currently averaging a double-double at 14.3 points a game to go with 10.1 rebounds. This includes Korol grabbing at least 10 boards in seven of her past eight contests.
  • She was also named the Canada West Third Star of the Week during the middle of November after two outstanding performances against Mount Royal.

Head to head with the Thunderbirds: (0-10)

  • The rivalry has been one-sided since its inception in 2011 as the Heat have never beat the 'Birds in Canada West play.
  • Last season in Kelowna, the Heat dropped both matchups by scores of 82-55 and 66-48. 

Scouting UBC 

First half synopsis:

  • It was a strong finish to the opening half of the season for the Thunderbirds as they have won their past three games by an average of 31 points.
  • While the T-birds are 6-4 on the season they have just one win away from home (1-2) as nearly all of their games so far have been on their home court.
  • One of the most potent offensive teams in the conference, UBC averages nearly 79 points, which is the third-best mark in the Canada West. 

Players to watch:

  • The combination of Madison Penn and Keylyn Filewich has been one of the best tandems in all the conference, as they both average over 16 points a game along with 10 rebounds each. Filewhich also leads the conference in shooting percentage at 58.8% from the field.
  • Former Heat guard Kate Johnson has found her stride with the Vancouver campus squad after transferring from UBCO after her freshman season. The Immaculata grad has started all but one game and is averaging 8.8 points a contest, including a team-best 87.5% shooting from the foul line.
2019 Graduation
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