EDMONTON — It was another tough shooting match between UBC Okanagan and the University of Alberta, but ultimately the Heat were unable to come back from a late-game push by the Pandas as they fell (75-56) Saturday evening at Saville Community Sports Centre.
The Heat pushed Alberta for a second-straight night as they kept Alberta to just 38.2% shooting in the first half. Due to a strong effort from UBCO, the Pandas were held to a slim (38-35) lead.
Senior guard Vanessa Wild led Alberta with 25 points, six rebounds, and four assists, while Lauren Earl recorded 13 points and six rebounds.
Alberta, with their sixth-straight win, improve to (10-2) while the Heat fall to (2-12).
Alberta got their offence rolling in the second half and saw a mix of veterans and young talent produce.
Senior forward Brooklyn Legault chipped in with 11 points and four rebounds, while sophomore guard Morgan Mudge recorded eight points, four assists, and four steals, and freshman forward Sydney Fedick recorded eight points and four rebounds.
UBCO trailed just (45-42) midway through the third quarter. Earl's trey opened the floodgates and Alberta locked it down defensively, holding UBCO to just 21 second-half points.
"Lots of credit to Alberta they did a great job late 3rd and made a push that we just couldn't recover on. Big 3's from a few girls and they put us in a lot of situations which we can learn from." commented UBCO head coach Bobby Mitchell.
Mitchell is confident that the team will continue to improve.
"We are starting to understand the effort and commitment it takes to give ourselves opportunities to win games. We have played some of our best basketball the last 3 games which we will build off. We will continue to work on being a bit more consistent."
Next up, Alberta will battle their fellow Edmonton-based team, the MacEwan Griffins, on Jan. 16-18 in a home-and-home series, while UBCO hosts the University of Northern British Columbia Jan. 17-18.
~Seyara Campbell, Heat Sports Information, with notes from Jason Hills, Golden Bears and Pandas Athletics