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‘Birds Fall in Kelowna – University of British Columbia Athletics

KELOWNA, B.C. — Senior graduate Brianna Falk led a hard-fought effort for the UBC Okanagan Heat women’s basketball team as they cruised to a 79-43 win over the UBC Thunderbirds on Saturday afternoon at The Furnace.

In her second-to-last regular season game in a Heat uniform, Brianna had 12 points, eight rebounds, six steals, a pair of blocks and an assist in the Heat victory, the second-biggest margin of victory in the program. the story.

Playing with his heart on his sleeve, his team rallied around Brianna as she snapped a four-game losing streak.

The victory, for the Heat, is a testament to the team’s hard work, from losing 14 straight games to their big sister Thunderbirds between 2011 and 2019, to now taking two of UBC’s three games this season.


In addition to Brianna’s heartfelt performance, her younger sister, Kelsey, was a big part of the win with 19 points and nine rebounds. The duo from Vernon, BC shared an emotional embrace as Kelsey showed up for Brianna in the dying minutes of the game. Brianna was serenaded by a standing ovation from the crowd.

UBCO also got strong performance from Kelowna Jaeli Ibbetson with 15 points, seven rebounds and five assists, as well as Vancouver Mune surprisewhose two points went hand in hand with his 10 rebounds, five assists and four steals.

Heat head coach Bobby Mitchell was pleased with his team’s effort in the win, saying: “It was a big win for us in so many ways, but most importantly we got to celebrate Brianna from great way. The team really stepped up and had great energy from start to finish. A great team win.”


Hailey Counsell led the Thunderbirds in scoring with 12 points off the bench. UBC was limited to 43 points, its lowest level of the season.

The win helps UBCO jump ahead of the Thunderbirds in the Canada West standings to 7-10, while the T-Birds drop to 6-11 this year.