KELOWNA, B.C. - On Saturday night at the UBC Okanagan Gymnasium, the UBCO Heat women's first-quarter lead would be met with significant pushback from the No. 2 ranked Calgary Dinos.
The Dinos would open the second quarter with 22 unanswered points to steal the lead, they would hold on the rest of the way out for the convincing 47-point win. They would finish with four players in double-digit scoring as they shot 52% as a team.
Alessia Brutto and Jordan Korol would contribute nearly 63% of the Heat offense in the losing effort. The hosts would have 25 turnovers in the match, leading to 37 Calgary points, as they shot 32% in the game.
UBCO's seventh straight loss drops their record to (1-9) on their campaign. Calgary stays undefeated on the season and improves to (8-0).
The Heat would find themselves on top after the first quarter, (11-10) as they would outrebound the Dinos (13-7) in the frame. All 10 of the visitors' points in the quarter would come inside the paint.
It would be a short-lived lead, as Calgary opened the second stanza on a (22-0) run. Feeding off Bobbi-Jo Colburn's 12 points in the half, part of her team-high 18, the Dinos carried a (37-20) lead into the break.
Liene Stalidzane would drop nine of her 16 points in the third frame as Calgary pushed their lead to 28.
The Dinos would put the game in cruise control in the fourth, outscoring the home side (30-10). Erin McIntosh would put up 10 of her season-high 15 points in the frame.
Fifth-year forward Jordan Korol would finish as the game's highest scorer with 19, adding five rebounds for the Heat. Alessia Brutto would put up a career-best eight points, also contributing seven rebounds and four assists in the loss.
Heat head coach Bobby Mitchell spoke of his team's resiliency post-game.
"We're mentally tough, we've gone through a lot of adversity and never shied away from it. We competed hard… I'm proud of the team."
Canada West action will cease for the remainder of 2019. The Heat are next in action on January 4 as they make their way to the Island to take on the Victoria Vikes at 6 p.m. PST. Calgary will return home and await a matchup with UNBC to start 2020.
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