KELOWNA, BC – The UBC Thunderbirds suffered another biting loss, 64-63 to the UBC Okanagan Heat on Friday night in Kelowna.
Led by Kelsey Falk’s double-double, the Heat (3-2) claimed their first Canada West victory over the T-Birds (1-4) in 15 games.
Falk, from Vernon, BC, took on UBC Kate johnson the whole game as long as the two put on a show for the fans.
After a 12-0 run by the T-Birds early in the second quarter, Falk scored eight of the Heat’s next 10 points, drawing the game to a tie. The third-year guard didn’t look back, amassing 22 points and 12 rebounds for his fourth double-double in five games this season.
Johnson and Azalya Forstbauer combined for 30 of UBC’s 33 points in the first half. Johnson, a Kelowna native, playing in front of a home crowd, had his best game of the season with a career-high 29 points. She would shoot 9 of 19 from the field and 9 of 11 on the charity strip in defeat.
Surprise Munie of UBCO scored 15 points and nine rebounds in the winning effort. The Vancouverite hit a three-point clutch as time ticked on the shot clock, giving the Heat the lead in earnest with a minute and a half to go.
Both teams will have a quick turnaround as they return to action on Saturday at 3 p.m. PT for the second game of their weekend doubles schedule.