What you need to know
- The Heat will continue their four-game road trip this weekend when they travel to Regina to face the defending Canada West Champion Cougars. Watch live on CanadaWest.TV.
- Still searching for that elusive conference victory, UBCO still has a chance mathematically to make the postseason.
- Regina is coming off a conference championship and U SPORTS bronze from last season and they have continued their success this season, going 9-3 so far.
GAME TIMES (PT)
FRIDAY, JAN 11th
Basketball (W) / Canada West Conference Game
4 PM PST | UBC Okanagan Heat (0-12) at the #10 Regina Cougars (9-3) | Webcast | Live Stats | Tickets
@ Centre for Kinesiology, Health & Sport, Regina, Sask.
SATURDAY, JAN 12th
Vancouver road trip:
- In their first action following the Christmas break, the Heat would drop both games on the road to the UBC Thunderbirds last weekend.
- Friday night was all about a quick first quarter from UBCO as they jumped out to a 17-10 lead after the opening 10 minutes but were unable to hold on, eventually falling 69-51.
- Saturday was a much different story as UBC used some hot-shooting early on to take control from the get-go. The home team would shoot nearly 48% on the night in the 87-57 'Birds victory.
Two career performances in two days:
- The guard combo of Vanessa Botteselle and Sadie Beers would light up the T-birds all weekend as both would set career-highs in each game.
- First, it was Botteselle who dropped 29 points to go with four rebounds, four steals, and three assists on Friday night as the senior surpassed her previous career-high of 24 from earlier this season.
- The sophomore Beers would lead the UBCO attack the following night, as the product of Little Flower Academy had 16 points to go with five boards and four assists in the losing effort.
Head to head with the Cougars: (0-5)
- It has been all Regina in this matchup so far as the Heat have yet to capture a victory over the Prairie school.
- These two teams have not met since January of 2017 when the Cougars won in Kelowna by 76-38 and 80-60 final scores.
Winning streak comes to an end:
- The No. 10 ranked Cougars were riding a seven-game conference winning streak going into the second matchup with Victoria last weekend before a last-second layup from Katie Langdon broke their hearts.
- The 70-69 loss was the team's first defeat since Nov. 3rd against Trinity Western, and they are now 9-3 on the season.
- One of the best offensive teams in the conference, Regina is averaging nearly 80 points a game which is second to only the Saskatchewan Huskies.
Players to watch:
- Junior guard Kyanna Giles has started 11 of the 12 Canada West games so far this season and is averaging a team-high 18.5 points per game, the fifth-best mark in the entire conference.
- In the paint, it is forward Macaela Crone doing most the damage as the 6'1 transfer from Louisiana Tech sits second in the conference in shooting percentage (59.2%) and second on the team in rebounding (7.7 boards a game).