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PREVIEW: Heat head to the Island for two Canada West games

PREVIEW: Heat head to the Island for two Canada West games

What you need to know


  • After a much-needed break, the Heat women return to action this weekend when they travel to Victoria to face the Vikes.
  • UBCO struggled with injuries in the first half but still sit just two games back of the final playoff spot.
  • Victoria finished 6-2 in their fall conference schedule are in right in the middle of the playoff hunt.

GAME TIMES (PT) 

FRIDAY, JAN 3rd 

Basketball (W) | Canada West conference road game
6 PM PST |
 UBC Okanagan Heat (1-9) at the Victoria Vikes (6-2) | Webcast | Live Stats
Ticket Information | @ Centre for Athletics, Recreation and Special Abilities (CARSA), Victoria, BC.

SATURDAY, JAN 4th  

Basketball (W) | Canada West conference road game
5 PM PST |
 UBC Okanagan Heat at the Victoria Vikes | Webcast | Live Stats
Ticket Information | @ Centre for Athletics, Recreation and Special Abilities (CARSA), Victoria, BC.


First half woes:

  • A terrific preseason run would be all for not in the fall as the Heat were hit by the injury bug and would pick up just one victory in their conference games in 2019.
  • Forward Jaelli Ibbetson would break her hand just a couple games into her freshman campaign in which she was named the Canada West First Star of the Week after back-to-back double-doubles against Manitoba to open up the season.
  • Despite just one conference victory the Heat still sit just two games back of the final playoff spot with 10 games to go. 

Players to keep an eye on:

  • Senior Jordan Korol has once again had to shoulder the load with so many injuries for the Heat and leads the team averaging just over 13 points a contest.
  • The forward has started an astonishing 80 games in her time with the Heat, including 34 straight dating back to 2017-18. 

Head to head with the Vikes: (0-10)

  • It has been all UVic in this matchup historically, as the Heat are yet to pick up a victory in conference play against them.
  • Last season the Vikes captured both games by double-digits in Kelowna in the final weekend of the regular season. 

Scouting Victoria 

Strong first half:

  • The Vikes sit in the fifth spot in the conference standings following a (6-2) record in their fall conference schedule.
  • Mount Royal and Alberta would each snag a victory off of the Vikes with sweeps of Brandon and UNBC capping off the eight games in November for the Vikes. 

Kelowna flavour

  • Two of Kelowna's own feature on the Vikes roster, including leading scorer Ashlyn Day who is a graduate of Immaculata Regional Secondary.
  • Day has scored in double-figures in every game so far this season, including a 26-point outburst against UNBC during the opening weekend of the season.
  • Second-year guard Hannah Walline also features for Victoria and is formerly a member of Team BC and OKM Secondary.

 

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