The University of British Columbia

RECAP: Heat frontcourt propels UBCO to victory

RECAP: Heat frontcourt propels UBCO to victory

KELOWNA, B.C. - The Heat's senior - rookie duo of Jordan Korol and Jaeli Ibbetson were dominant in the UBCO women's basketball (56-46) home opening win against the TRU WolfPack on Friday morning.

The pair combined for 28 points and 27 boards as the Heat owned the glass, out-rebounding the 'Pack (50-21).

Ibbetson, who is leading the conference in rebounds, continued the historic start to her Canada West career as she recorded her 3rd straight double-double. Korol, the only other UBCO player to score in double figures, scored nine of her 13 points in the first quarter.

Not only did the Heat win the battle on the glass, but a strong defensive game for UBCO as the Heat forced 27 turnovers in the game and held the 'Pack to just 25.8% shooting.

Heat head coach Bobby Mitchell liked the way his squad came out in the home opener. "We executed all night, we didn't do that in Manitoba for four quarters but we did here tonight and got the victory, " said Mitchell following his team's first win of the Canada West season.

With the victory, the Heat improve to just a game below .500 (1-2) while the WolfPack drop their first of the season (2-1). The win also ties up the President's Cup standings on the women's side with three matches still to go.

The Cup is an inter-university competition between the Heat and WolfPack across the four Canada West sports. For full history on the cup and for the scoring rubric you can click here.

The visitors were led by Jordon Haggerty led the 'Pack with 12 points off the bench, including making six-of-seven from the charity stripe. Emma Piggin had 11 and five boards to go with three steals in a losing effort for the visitors. 

The first half defensive struggle saw neither team able to grab a stranglehold on the game, the two teams combined for 26 turnovers at the break. It was Kelowna guard, Kasey Patchell and her two threes the difference as UBCO held a six-point lead 29-23  at the half.

Early in the second half, the Heat opened their lead to 16 (39-23) six minutes into in the third quarter, before TRU was able to score. TRU narrowed the gap to under ten numerous times in the final frame, but the Heat held on for the nine-point win.

These two teams play the second half of their weekend series tomorrow afternoon, tip-off at 4 p.m. in the UBC Okanagan gym.

All action can be watched live on Canada West tv presented by Co-op.

~ Brandon Smith, Heat Sports Information