SASKATOON – In the final game of the regular season for the UBC Okanagan Heat, the No. 1 ranked Saskatchewan Huskies would come out on top (85-41) inside the PAC on Saturday night.
Running out to a (46-9) lead at the half, the Huskies used a dominant opening 20 minutes to cruise to victory.
Four different players reached double-digits for Saskatchewan led by Megan Ahlstrom who was a perfect 4-4 from beyond-the-arc en route to 16 pkoints. Summer Masikewich (15), Kyla Shand (13) and Libby Epoch (10) rounded out the scoring for Saskatchewan.
Jordan Korol had another strong night for the Heat, finishing with 16 points on 7-18 shooting from the floor.
"Anytime you have the chance to play the best team in the country, a well coached and prepared team you know you have an opportunity to learn. I was very proud of our team especially in the fourth quarter tonight, we came out with lots of energy and played for each other and played tough," commented head coach Bobby Mitchell following the loss.
A major difference on the night was efficiency. Saskatchewan hit 31 of the 64 shots they attempted on the night for a team field goal percentage of 48.4 while simultaneously limiting the Heat to 21.7.
The win improves the Huskies to (17-1) in the regular season, giving them a chance to set a program record for winning percentage. The Huskies can wrap up their slate at (19-1) which would put them just ahead of the 2010-11 team that went (22-2).
Meanwhile, the clash served as the final game of the season for the Heat, who finished the season at (2-18).
Rookie forward Jaeli Ibbetson closed out her first year becoming the second Heat player to average a double-double for the season. She finished the year averaging 14.7 points a game and brought down 10.5 rebounds a contest. Like Ibbetson, another first-year player from the Junior Heat club program, Kelsey Falk, also had a strong rookie season for UBCO. Falk finished the year with 186 rebounds, the second-highest total for rookies in the country.
The great first-year season put in by Falk and Ibbetson is bookended by the closing of Korol's career. Her school record of 752 rebounds is 181 more than the next best mark at UBCO. Her 840 points scored is fourth all-time at the school.
Saskatchewan will be back in action next weekend in Edmonton in a two-game series against the Alberta Pandas in a matchup between a pair of conference frontrunners.
All the action can be seen live on CanadaWest.TV presented by Co-op.
~Seyara Campbell, Heat Sports Information, with notes from Huskies Athletics