KELOWNA, B.C. – The UBC Okanagan Heat women's basketball team played their final home game and fell to the UBC Thunderbirds 66-48 on Saturday night.
Keylyn Filewich and Gabrielle Laguerta combined for half of the Thunderbirds points to power UBC to the win in the UBC Okanagan "KidSport Night".
Playing their final games in front of their family for UBCO were Carly Corrado and Shenelle Tamminen. In the annual Seniors Night, the night of the last home games of the Canada West season, Corrado and Temminen were honoured as this year's graduating student-athletes.
With the win, UBC has locked up a playoff berth, moving up into the eighth spot in the Canada West standings. 12 teams make the conference postseason, so the win Saturday night puts the Thunderbirds in a comfortable position with regards to their playoff outlook.
The first quarter of the second day of the UBC school's matchup proved a tougher fight than was expected by the Thunderbirds women's team. Some scrappy play by the Thunderbirds allowed the Heat to match their higher ranked opponents, with the first ending at a score of 10-8 for the Thunderbirds. Until the last two minutes of play, the Thunderbirds had fouled five times compared to the Heat's zero, allowing for three free throws to be sunk by the Heat, giving them an advantage over their rivals.
The Thunderbirds came out strong in the second, widening their lead with much cleaner play than was seen in the first quarter. Keylyn Filewich led the Thunderbirds with powerful play that got her 11 points in the second alone. By the end of the half, the Thunderbirds had increased their lead to 18 points on the Heat, and a half-time score of 39-21.
The third quarter followed suit with the first, as it had a much lower score difference and was lower scoring in general. The Heat won the quarter by a point thanks to a standout performance from Jordan Korol and hereight points. The Thunderbirds had multiple chances to make up ground from the Heat's five fouls, but it turned out to not be quite enough.
The back-and-forth continued into the last quarter of the game, as neither team seemed able to overpower the other. Both teams were charging hard, trying to gain a footing over the other, but this only led to fouls, which came to a total of five per team. The Heat played exceptionally better than Friday night's game, with only an 18-point difference at the end of the game opposed to Friday's 27. Their last home game of the season ended with a huge three-point buzzer beater by Anastasia Evans to make the final score 66-48.
Keylyn Filewich was the scoring leader of the Thunderbirds with 17 points, Gabrielle Laguerta finished with 16. Both were perfect from the free-throw line on Saturday.
By the Numbers:
The Heat led Saturday night in three-point shooting, at 17.6%, whereas the Thunderbirds made 13.3%. The Thunderbirds led in all other categories, with 42.4% of field-goals made, 77.8% of free-throws made, and 12 assists. The Heat made 29.3% of field-goals, 68.8% of free-throws, and had 9 assists.
Every three-point shot made by the Heat was turned into a fifty-dollar donation to kid's sports. Three three-point shots were made by the Heat, making the total for the game $150 dollars.
The UBC Okanagan Heat Women (0-18) will play again February 2nd at 4 p.m. PST at the University of Winnipeg (12-6) for their final series of the season.
The UBC Thunderbirds (10-8) will take on the University of Victoria Vikes (14-4) in a home-and-home series next weekend. On Thursday evening they'll play in Victoria and on Friday evening they'll place at War Memorial on the Point Grey Campus.
~ Cole Tweed, Heat Sports Information
#5 Shenelle Tamminen – A 5'10" guard with a strong basketball pedigree Tamminen signed on with UBC Okanagan right out of Calgary's Bishop O'Byrne high school in the spring of 2013.
Shenelle will graduate this spring from UBC Okanagan with her degree in education and will soon be in a classroom teaching. Twice Shenelle earned a U SPORTS Academic All-Canadian award excelling in the education program while on the squad.
On the court Tamminen will finish with over 500 career points (539 going into the final weekend) and if she plays in the last two of the remaining games she will have played in 100 conference games for UBC Okanagan. Second highest total amassed for UBC Okanagan.
Known for her shooting Shenelle has hit 69 threes in her career with her best outing being a 19 point effort in her hometown of Calgary in November of 2014, she hit four threes that night and has dropped that many one time since – just a few weeks ago in Prince George where she went 4-4 from three at UNBC.
Claire Meadows has coached Shenelle for the past three years and had this to say about one of her team captains:
"Shenelle has been a rock for this program over the last five years. Often regarded as the 'glue' in our team room, she is someone who teammates often look to for advice and support and leads by example with an unwavering positive attitude."
Meadows talked about Shenelle's on court skills by noting how versatile a player for the Heat she has been. Effective as both a guard and a forward during her time in the blue and gold.
"Shen's known for her quick 3 point shot but what often goes unnoticed is her ability to be a disruptive defender with steals or deflections and a huge contributor to our teams ability to play with pace," points out Meadows.
Wanting to wish her captain the best coach Meadows finished off with this:
"She will undoubtedly have an incredible impact as an elementary teacher as she moves forward in life. We wish Shenelle all the best and will greatly miss her presence in the Heat family!"
#3 Carly Corrado - A graduate of Kelowna Secondary Carly graduated from KSS and that fall went to Prince George to play for the UNBC Timberwolves. After two seasons playing against her hometown team, the 5'9" guard transferred back to the Okanagan and after red shirting for a season Carly has played in front of her family for the past two seasons.
In her two years with the Heat Carly has seen action in 29 games and is shooting over 30-percent in her career from beyond the arc.
If you include Carly's red-shirt season at UBCO she has been with the program as long as head coach Claire Meadows and Meadows has indicated that Carly has had a significant impact ever since.
"A lot of what Carly has done in her career doesn't show up on the stat sheet," coach Meadows was quick to point out and saying that "Carly is often one of our hardest workers in practice and in games is brought in to be a presence on defense."
Carly, also a captain this past season, earned that leadership role on the team with her understanding of the game explains Meadows.
"Her basketball IQ is impressive and she is able to dissect the game through a coach's lens," Meadows continues, adding, "she is a vocal and passionate leader and will surely have an immediate impact in our community as she moves on from this program.
"Carly, you will always be a part of the Heat family and we will miss you as you move forward with your future endeavours," finishes Meadows.