KELOWNA, B.C. - Despite a strong defensive effort and the halftime lead, the UBCO Heat fell (68-59) to the TRU WolfPack on Saturday night at the UBC Okanagan Gymnasium.
After missing ten straight from three in the first half, the WolfPack exploded for seven in the third quarter, stealing the lead and holding off the Heat for the win.
The loss drops the Heat to (1-3) on the year, while the 'Pack improve to (3-1).
In only their second career starts at home, Kelsey Falk and Jaeli Ibbetson starred for the Heat in the first half as the Heat jumped out to a (32-28) lead. Falk hauled down 10 of her career-high 13 boards and Ibbetson led the way for the Heat with 10 of her team-high 14 points.
Off the bench, 3rd-year guard Jordon Haggerty had 14 of TRU's 28 points in the half as the WolfPack struggled from beyond the arc, going 0/10. Haggerty would end the game with a career-high 25 points as the game's leading scorer.
TRU took stole the lead in the second half with three treys in a row. With Emma Piggin nailing three from beyond the arc, the 'Pack would go on to bury seven triples in the third quarter as they took a (55-45) into the final frame.
Although the Heat would close the gap to as little as four, the 'Pack would hold on for the weekend split.
Despite the loss, Heat head coach Bobby Mitchell will count the game as a learning experience for the team.
"I think our offense runs through our defense, so when we didn't get stops, we felt a little pressed in the offensive zone and did some things that weren't characteristic of us."
The Heat (1-3) head to UFV (0-2) as they take on the Cascades in Abbotsford Nov. 15 at 6 p.m PST.
TRU (3-1) stays on the road and will make their way to Edmonton as they take on MacEwan (1-2) next Friday at 5 PM.
All action can be watched live on Canada West tv presented by Co-op.
~ Brandon Smith, Heat Sports Information