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RECAP: Heat fall to Thunderbirds in a sister-school matchup

RECAP: Heat fall to Thunderbirds in a sister-school matchup

KELOWNA, B.C. - On Friday night at the UBC Okanagan Gymnasium, the hometown UBCO Heat women were struck down (77-44) by their big sister, the UBC Thunderbirds.

Keylyn Filewich was once again at the forefront of UBC's offensive attack with a game-high 18 points as the Thunderbirds held the lead nearly the entire game.

The Loss drops the Heat to (1-6) on the season, while UBC improves to (4-3).

The Heat grabbed the lead early in the game but would be quickly met with strong pushback from their sister school. UBC took an (18-12) lead into the second quarter.

The T-Birds extended their lead in the second quarter as Filewich poured in 12 of her game-high 18. The fourth-year guard led the game with 16 points and six boards at the half.

UBC was able to take a firm grasp of the game in the second half as they outscored the Heat (36-21). Kelowna's own Kate Johnson, a graduate of Immaculata, came off the bench for the Thunderbirds dropping nine of her season-high 15 points. She added five boards, two assists, and five steals.

Second-year guard Kasey Patchell, making her first career Canada West start for the Heat, played 24 minutes adding a team-high 10 points in the losing effort.

Fifth-year forward Jordan Korol added six points and seven boards for the Heat.

The Heat's 44 points in the game is their lowest total of the season as they were held to 28% shooting from the field. The Thunderbirds were able to connect on 42% of their field goals.

Heat head coach Bobby Mitchell was able to pull some positives from the loss.

"We wanted to come out and be aggressive, I was proud of our start, that is exactly how we wanted in to go, unfortunately, they made some adjustments at half." 

The two teams rematch tomorrow night at 4 p.m. PST.

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

~ Brandon Smith, Heat Sports Information