Jaeli Ibbetson and the UBCO Heat will open the home half of their Canada West schedule this morning with a special school-day game against the TRU Wolfpack.
The Heat women — starting three rookies — are still looking for a regular-season win after dropping two games last weekend in Winnipeg against the Manitoba Bisons.
Ibbetson led the way for UBCO, averaging 20.5 points and 15 boards in the two losses. Although it’s early, the KSS graduate leads Canada West in free-throw attempts (13.5) and free throws made (nine) per game.
Although she was named CanWest first star of the week, she’ll need a little help against a 2-0 Thompson Rivers team coming into the UBCO gym.
The Wolfpack beat the Trinity Western Spartans 70-67 and 60-50 to open their season.
The Heat are certain their second season under coach Bobby Mitchell marks a turning point, and they’ll look to tilt the tables more in their favour. UBCO is 2-12 all-time against their Thompson-Okanagan rivals from Kamloops.
These teams last met last fall, with the Wolfpack capturing both matchups. On the road, the two teams battled to OT in the first game but TRU would come out victorious 69-65.
TRU handled the Heat in the second game 87-61.
Fifth-year guard Emma Piggin is at the helm for the Wolfpack. She leads the team in points (15.0), rebounds (eight) and assists (four) per game.
Game time this morning is 10:30 a.m.
After the women conclude their matchup, the men take the floor, and they’re also looking for a first conference win after dropping their two games in Winnipeg.
The Heat are facing an uphill battle this season with likely their toughest schedule in four years. They fell 86-58 last Friday and 91-66 on Saturday. TRU comes into the game 2-0.
The Heat are optimistic about the talent on their side, however. Last year’s All-Rookie team member Hafith Moallin is averaging a team-high 10.5 points, with 5.5 boards and 3.5 assists.
Fourth-year guard Spencer Thomas will look to stretch the defence. He knocked down 60% of his threes in the opening weekend.
KSS graduate Owen Keyes has returned to man the frontcourt and has averaged 10 points and 5.5 boards per game.
The teams will meet again Saturday beginning at 4 p.m.
Volleyball on the road
Men’s and women’s volleyball are in Calgary to face the Mount Royal Cougars twice this weekend.
The women (4-2) swept Manitoba last weekend while the men (0-4) dropped a pair.
The MRU women lead Canada West at 6-0, while the men are 2-4.
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