KELOWNA, B.C. - At home on the UBC Okanagan Gymnasium, the Heat women stayed in the game for more than three quarters, however, the visiting Calgary Dinos would prove their No. 2 national ranking, dropping the hosts (43-68).
The Dinos quick start on Friday night would be matched by the Heat, who outscored the visitors in the middle two frames, but a strong fourth-quarter from the Dinos, including eight points from Michaela Nieuwenhuizen, saw the Calgary side topple the Heat (20-6) in the fourth quarter.
The loss drops UBCO to (1-8) on the year as they continue their six-game slide. The Dinos stay undefeated and improve to (7-0).
The Dinos would open the game up (25-12), but the Heat would fight back, closing the gap to as little as four in the second quarter. A pair of quick threes from Liene Stalidzane, part of her game-high three treys in the match, would re-open Calgary's lead as the Dinos took a (33-25) lead into the half.
Bobbi-Jo Colburn would lead the Dinos with 10 points through 20, while Jordan Korol matched Colburn's 10 as the Heat's point leader at the half.
The three-ball proved a useful tool for Calgary to grab an eight-point lead in the first half, draining six from beyond the arc while shooting 44% from the field. The Heat connected on one-of-three from three-point land, and 40% from the field.
The Heat would cut the deficit to as little as seven late in the third.
Korol would lead UBCO with team-high 14 points, adding four boards. Kelsey Falk would contribute eight points, five boards, and three assists in the losing effort
Stalidzane would finish with a game-high 15 points, eight rebounds and five assists, Colburn would add 14 points, and Nieuwenhuizen would finish with 10.
Heat head coach Bobby Mitchell was able to pull on the positives of the game despite the loss.
"I'm very proud of the players, they came out and stuck with it. We made them take tough shots and that's what we worked all week to do."
The two teams rematch tomorrow night at 4 p.m. PST.
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~ Brandon Smith, Heat Sports Information