Sveta Boykova’s third double-double of the season wasn’t enough to get the UNBC Timberwolves out of trouble.
They lost 82-46 to the UBC-Okanagan Heat Saturday in Kelowna, their final U SPORTS Canada West women’s basketball game before they head into the Christmas break.
Boykova hit for 14 points and 12 rebounds and Rebecca Landry also sunk 14 points to lead UNBC
Jaeli Ibbetson put up another double-double effort for the Heat with 22 points and 15 rebounds while Sofia Ainsa Lluch collected 16 points coming in off the bench.
Landry roared out of the gates for UNBC as she bagged nine of her eventual 14 points in the first 10 minutes of play. The Duchess Park grad also had three rebounds and was a perfect four-for-four on field goals.
Defensively, Sergey Shchepotkin’s club held the Heat to a 30 percent shooting percentage (6-for-20) and outrebounded UBCO by a 12-10 margin. One quarter through and the score was dead-locked at 15-15.
The opening three minutes of the second quarter proved fruitful for UNBC as Boykova hit three consecutive shots, and Viktoriia Filatova and Sophia Fuller both nailed jumpers to stake the visitors to a nine-point lead at 25-16. The Heat sunk seven of the next eight field goals thanks largely to a 13-point output from Sofia Ainsa Lluch and the T-wolves found themselves trailing 43-31 at the half.
UBC-O found their next gear in the third quarter as they outscored UNBC 20-7 and the Heat continued to pull away in the fourth quarter points as the hosts outscored UNBC 19-8 in the final 10 minutes.
The Heat improved to 4-4 while UNBC dropped to 2-6.
The T-wolves will return to action Jan. 5 at home against the Lethbridge Pronghorns.