The UBC Okanagan Heat women's basketball team defeated the second top-3 team in the country in the past two weeks with an 89-84 victory over the top ranked Regina Cougars Saturday night.
Jaeli Ibbetson, a product of Kelowna B.C., tied a program record with 32 points, shooting 17-of-22 from the foul line.
Her 17 free throws made and 22 attempts set records and both stats stand as the most in the Canada West conference this season.
Regina had a 35-point fourth quarter, coming within two of tying the game, but it wasn't enough to beat the red hot Heat. The deficit was too much for the Cougars to handle, and they lost their first game of the season.
Heat Head Coach, Bobby Mitchell was impressed with his team's ability to handle the top ranked Cougars in the fourth.
"We knew they were going to make a push, we talked about taking care of the ball, making the plays that we can… we stuck with it, played our game, and made our free throws," explained Mitchell.
UBCO got a strong outing from Alessia Brutto (Bassano Del Grappa, Italy) who poured in 13 points while Kelsey Falk (Vernon, B.C.), Rachel Hare (Kelowna, B.C.) and Aiko Williams (North Vancouver, B.C.) had 11 points each, but it was Ibbetson who stole the show.
"[Ibbetson] stepped up. She has been so consistent over her career and I am really proud of her for all the work that she's put in. It paid off tonight," coach continued.
The win brings the Heat to an overall record of 6 wins and 4 losses on the year, good for ninth in the conference and comfortably in a playoff spot heading into the New Year.
Saturday's match was UBCO's last of 2022 with the team seeing another game next on January 6 and 7 against the Alberta Pandas in Edmonton.