Griffins women ready for head-to-head with Heat

February 11, 2016

The Griffins women's basketball team are in Kelowna for head-to-head with the Heat
(Photo Credit: Len Joudrey)

The MacEwan University Griffins men’s and women’s basketball teams travel to Kelowna, BC to face UBC-O Heat in Explorer Division action. With four regular season conference games remaining before the post season commences, each game is important as both teams look to clinch post season berths. The head to head games with the Heat, this weekend, will go a long way in determining the Griffins outcome in the standings.

The Griffins women’s basketball team, come into the weekend tied for first place in the Explorer Division, at 13-3, with the TRU WolfPack. TRU has already clinched a post season berth, while MacEwan University needs one more win to confirm their second straight trip to the Canada West second season. The Heat sport a 10-6 regular season record, one game ahead of the UFV Cascades, 9-7, for the third and final post season berth in the Explorer Division. The Griffins come into the weekend on a four game winning streak, while the Heat are riding a three game losing streak.

“We are excited to travel to Kelowna and take on the UBC-O Heat this weekend. They, much like us, are battling for playoff positioning and both teams could still finish first, or out of the playoffs. We anticipate a very competitive weekend from a well-coached and tenacious UBC-O Heat team,” commented Griffins head coach David Oldham.

The Griffins swept the two home games against the Heat, back in November, by scores of 74-50 and 62-44. Last year the Griffins split the two road games, in Kelowna, falling in overtime, 85-80 and winning the following night 78-52. The Griffins are 5-1 lifetime, in Canada West, against UBC-O.

The Griffins boast the number one offense in the division scoring 1,198 points for a 74.9 while giving up a mere 57.5 points per game. The Griffins are winning their conference games by an average of 18 per night.

Coach Oldham continues to rely on his two senior all-stars Megan Wood, a fifth year majoring in Arts, from Edmonton, AB, averaging a team high 17.7 points per game and Kelly Fagan, fifth year Science major, from St. Albert, AB averaging 12.2 points per game and 8.8 rebounds per night. The Griffins offense is peaking at the right time, in five straight games at least ten different MacEwan University players have contributed and on any given night at least four will be in double figures.

Griffins women’s basketball team statistics:
Record: 13-3
Points Per Game: 74.9
2 Point FG%: 40.1
3 Point FG%: 33.2
FT%: 68.5
Rebounds Per Game: 46.3
Assists Per Game: 18.7
Top Scorer: Megan Wood 17.7 PPG
Top Rebounder: Kelly Fagan 8.8 RPG
Assists Per Game: Kendall Lydon 5.8
Steals Per Game: Kendall Lydon 2.1

Heat women’s basketball team statistics:
Record: 10-6
Points Per Game: 58.0
2 Point FG%: 31.4
3 Point FG%: 25.5
FT%: 65.1
Rebounds Per Game: 36.8
Assists Per Game: 9.8
Top Scorer: Emily Kanester 12.0 PPG
Top Rebounder: Jordon Korol 5.1 RPG
Assists Per Game: Claire Elliott 2.7
Steals Per Game: Claire Elliott 2.4

Weekend Schedule:
Friday, February 12
WBB: MacEwan U @ UBC-O 6:00PM PST
MBB: MacEwan U @ UBC-O 8:00PM PST

Saturday, February 13
WBB: MacEwan U @ UBC-O 5:00PM PST
MBB: MacEwan U @ UBC-O 7:00PM PST

Note: All game times are Mountain Time (MT) unless otherwise noted.
All Basketball and Volleyball games are live on CanadaWest.TV

Venues: Basketball and Volleyball Home Games at City Centre Campus (MacEwan U Campus). The MacEwan University Griffins are the 14 athletic teams that represent MacEwan University in Edmonton, Alberta, in seven sports. The university's teams are members of Canadian Interuniversity Sport and Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association, and compete in the Canada West Universities Athletics Association and Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference.

Canadian Interuniversity Sport is the national governing body of university sport in Canada. Fifty-four members, 10,000 student-athletes and 550 coaches vie for 19 national championships in 11 different sports. The CIS also provides high performance international opportunities for Canadian student-athletes at Winter and Summer Universiades, and 27 World University Championships.

For further information on the MacEwan University Griffins please contact David Kent, at 780-497-5324 or by email at kentd22@macewan.ca and Junelle Mah, at 780-289-3037 or by email at mahj67@macewan.ca.

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