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RECAP: Rookies Falk and Ibbetson star as Heat crush Kodiaks in exhibition play

RECAP: Rookies Falk and Ibbetson star as Heat crush Kodiaks in exhibition play

On home court, the UBCO Heat proved too much to handle for the Lethbridge Kodiaks as they came out victorious in both games of their back-to-back matchup with the Albertan squad. In game one, the Heat came out on top 84-49 and the second game was more of the same with an 82-43 final.

On Friday the Heat, led by rookie guard Kelsey Falk, came out flying, never trailing on the scoreboard. They amassed a (17-2) lead in the first five minutes of the game which they carried into a 12 point lead at half (40-28). 

UBCO finished the game strong putting up another 44 points in the second half while only allowing 21 to the visitors. The women finished strong, tallying 15 points in the last five minutes to take the game by a commanding 35 points.

Falk led the game with 20 points in her exhibition debut. The Junior Heat product tagged eight boards and an assist to start off her campaign with the Heat. 

UBCO also saw a strong performance from Jaeli Ibbetson. In her debut, the rookie forward put up 16 pts along with six boards in a game-high 26 minutes.

All 12 players who dressed for the Heat saw action, including six rookie debuts. The aforementioned Falk and Ibbeston, along with Lucy Faba, Mira Witt, Tessa Burton and Emily Instant all got their first taste of the action.

On Saturday it was more of the same for the Heat. They carried a 14 point lead into the half with a score of (40-26) then continued their solid play in the second half. Holding their opponents to only 17 points in the final 20 minutes of the game, the Heat were able to take game two (82-43).

Ibbetson and Falk stole the spotlight for the second night in a row. Ibbetson recorded a game-high 17 points in the win and tagged along six boards to boot. Falk put up 15 pts with six boards for the Heat.

The Heat were given a strong performance from fifth-year forward Jordon Korol. She finished the game with 16 points and 11 rebounds to record the double-double. 

Rookie guard Lucy Faba put up a game-high six assists with her four points for UBCO.

The Heat's preseason will continue this weekend at home with a two-game set scheduled against the MacEwan Griffins. The first exhibition game against their fellow Canada West member will tip-off this Friday at 5 p.m. on the UBC Okanagan hardwood. The same two will tangle again on Saturday, but with a 3 p.m. tip-off at UBC Okanagan.

The Heat will then be on the road for the rest of the non-conference schedule and then open their Canada West season at the University of Manitoba.

The home opener for the Heat is Friday, November 8, with special school day matinee games.  

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