KAMLOOPS, BC - The visiting UBC Okanagan women's basketball team were unable to complete the sweep in Kamloops on Saturday night. The WolfPack won their second game of the 2016-17 Canada West season by taking down the Heat 67-60.
The loss on Warner Rentals Court at the Tournament Capital Centre ended the two-game UBC Okanagan winning streak and sit at (2-6) who now head into the final weekend of play before the semester break.
The WolfPack had a strong fourth quarter, outscoring the Heat 17-13 en route to the victory. Emily Vilac (3rd year, forward, Kamloops, BC) had her best Canada West performance: 17 points and six rebounds for TRU. The Pack had four players in double figures. Vilac, Emily Piggin (14), Michelle Bos (14), and Shenise Sigsworth (10)
Emily Kanester (5th year, guard, Vernon, BC) and Jordan Korol (2nd year, forward, Coldstream, BC) each had 13 points for UBCO. Korol finished with a double-double as she hauled in 12 rebounds, her fourth straight game where she reached double digits on the glass.
In the Friday night game both teams struggled from the field shooting under 30-percent, with the Heat snatching the win using the long ball (8-23). Tonight both teams shot better from the field and both hit 23 field goals, TRU was decidedly more efficient (23-57) compared to UBCO's (23-71), but once again the game was decided by the team who converted the most shots from long distance. UBCO managed to hit just 13-percent of their three-pointers (3-23) compared to the 'Pack converted 41-percent (9-22).
Although it was a 17-13 advantage in the fourth quarter for TRU that sealed the loss for the Heat, both teams played the second half even, UBCO only trailed by three going in to the fourth after outscoring their hosts 17-13 in the third. UBC Okanagan continue to play tight games and have played eight Canada West games on the year, five of them have been within three points after 30 minutes of play.
After a strong first quarter it was the second quarter that was the ultimate undoing of the Heat. The Kelowna team built a five point lead (19-14) after the first ten minutes and then shot (5-19) in the second quarter managing just 11 points to trail (37-30) at the half. Korol and Kanester both had seven of their 13 in the first half to lead UBC Okanagan. Vilac and Bos both ad two threes at at the half for TRU.
Rebounding between the teams was nearly even with TRU holding a one rebound edge (46-45), UBCO turned the ball over less (20-14) in the 40 minutes.
Emily Vilac: 17 points, 6 rebounds (all on defence) 1 assist, 1 block, 1 steal 38 minutes
Michelle Bos: 14 points, 6 rebounds (3 each), 4 assists, 1 steal , 29 minutes
Emma Piggin: 14 points, 8 rebounds (5 on defense), 1 assist, 2 blocks, 3 steals, 27 minutes
Shenise Sigsworth: 10 points, 6 rebounds (3 each), 1 asist, 1 block, 37 minutes
Emily Kanester: 13 points, 2 rebounds (both defense), 4 asists, 5 steals, 26 minutes
Jordan Korol: 13 points, 12 rebounds (9 on defense), 2 assists, 1 steal, 33 minutes
Chloe Kennedy: 10 points, 4 rebounds (3 on defense), 27 minutes.
TRU assistant coach Chuck Ferguson:
On the second half:
“We were hitting shots and then not hitting shots. They say basketball is a game of runs. That was a tough one. I thought our defense in the second half was key. We were getting stops and playing with more intensity. It gave us a few extra options and ball possessions. That was critical.
Praised the play of Vilac and Cassie Rerick (3rd year, guard, Prince George, BC):
“She has really turned it on the last couple of games and tonight for sure. She was exceptional shooting the ball and popping out of that high post and getting those shots at the three point line. I thought Cassie Rerick was attacking and taking care of the ball tonight. She was making a lot of good passes inside and that was helping us as well.”
UBCO head coach Claire Meadows:
On the Game:
“Momentum is a pretty important thing in sport. I thought that they got momentum at a key point in the game. I thought we got good looks down the stretch. We just failed to execute. Their number nine (Vilac) hit some big shots for them and that’s what gave them the momentum”
On her team's tenacity:
“I thought that for the most part I was happy. I thought we had a bit of a lull in the second quarter. But other than that we got at the boards. We did all the things that we talked about. We struggled to finish. It is important to put the basket in a basketball game.”
Next weekend (Dec 2-3) Thompson Rivers will head to Prince George to take on the Timberwolves.
UBC Okanagan will visit UBC for their final games before the semester break. This will be the first meeting between the sister schools since February of 2014. Tip-off at War Memorial in Vancouver on Friday, Dec. 2 is at 6 p.m.
~ Larry Read // TRU Sports Information