Kanester sizzles for Heat

Emily Kanester drained 18 points as UBC Okanagan Heat fell 72-65 to TRY WolfPack.

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A tremendous first quarter that saw the UBC Okanagan Heat women’s basketball team jump out to a 24-14 lead wasn’t enough of a cushion as the Thompson Rivers WolfPack returned the favour in the second frame and held on to defeat the Heat 72-65 in the final game of the season Saturday afternoon in Kamloops.

In what head coach Heather Semeniuk agreed was the “the best quarter of basketball” that her team may have played all year saw a UBC Okanagan team play with great energy and zeal and playing relentless pressure defense.

Starting the game with defensive pressure paid off for the Heat as they generated 16 points off of 13 Thompson Rivers’ turnovers, the quick Heat lineup stole the ball eight times in the first 10 minutes.

For UBC Okanagan, Emily Kanester of Vernon scored nine points in both halves to give her a game -high 18. Kanester also hauled in seven rebounds and grabbed four steals. Sarah Allison (South Surrey) potted in 11 in the first half, finished with 13 and dished out four assists. Olivia Johnson (Kelowna), led the Heat with nine rebounds. Krystal Schouten (Winnipeg, MB), in her final gamer, battled foul trouble yet still managed five boards in 16 minutes on the floor.

This was Schouten’s last game as a student athlete at UBC Okanagan read more about her career and that of the other graduating player here.

All four first year players impressed with their play in Kamloops on Saturday, rookie point guard Claire Elliott (N. Vancouver, BC) had been playing so well of late earned the starting nod. Shenelle Tamminem (Calgary, AB), another first year player, scored all 11 of her points in the second half; Johnson led the team in rebounds and in just 19 minutes on the floor meanwhile Julia Reichert (Princeton, BC) hauled in four rebounds and blocked a shot in just seven minutes herself.

The WolfPack may not have even survived the first quarter if not for their shooting from long range. Outside of a layup Sarah Malate at 5:42 the only points the ‘Pack were able to generate were from four made threes, the team actually shot 4-5 from three in the first quarter, this accounted for 12 of their 14 points. Taysia Worsfold and Sydney Williams were the long range assassins each going 2-2 in the quarter.