KELOWNA, B.C. –The Heat’s Roslyn Huber and the Vikes’ Deborah Yebaoh went head to head with Huber winning the scoring battle, yet Yeboah’s Vikes won the game 86-61 Saturday afternoon in Kelowna at UBC’s Okanagan campus. Huber finished the game with 25 points while Yebaoh notched 21.
With the win the Vikes keep their playoff drive alive and move their record to .500 and sit at 8-8 on the season, while UBC Okanagan falls to 2-14 as they go into the final weekend of league play.
Yeboah scored 17 of her team high 21 in the first half, hitting 10-20 from the floor. Natalie Janssens was second on the team with 17 points on an efficient 8-9 from the floor. Janssens also led the Vikes in rebounding with 8.
For the Heat both Emily Kanester and Krystal Schouten were second to Huber in scoring with 8 points each. Schouten also hauled in a team high 7 boards.
The first quarter was a faced paced affair with the Vikes unable to contain the Heat as they did the previous night. If it wasn’t for the hot shooting of Vikes guard Deborah Yebah and her 10 1st quarter points, the Heat could have garnered a big lead. As it stood the Heat trailed the Vikes 22-20 after 10 minutes.
UBC Okanagan head coach Heather Semeniuk was really happy with her team’s improved effort over the previous night. “I thought we showed a high level and desire to compete tonight, just a few bodies short, 22-20 after the first quarter, even the 45-37 halftime score – those were both positives.”
The Vikes started the second quarter with a quick 6-0 run, forcing coach Semeniuk to take a quick time-out. Emily Kanester then hit a deep three to end the UVic run, but the Heat were unable to gain any ground and went into the break down 8, 45-37.
Emily Kanester’s fourth foul four minutes into the third was a problem for the Heat as they were down Madsion Kaneda for the weekend already. Huber kept UBC Okanagan in the game by scoring 11 of her points in the third, yet it was the Vikes working it inside and generating solid scoring chances and second chances. For the game the Vikes outrebounded the Heat 39-24; 18 of UVic’s boards were on the offensive glass.
The fourth quarter was more of the same with the Vikes pulling away to finish with the 25 point victory.
“The third quarter was disappointing, we talked about it at the half – yet we came out and did not block out,” Semeniuk points out.
The Vikes will now play a home and home with the first place Thunderbirds, the Heat’s travel partner the Thompson Rivers WolfPack will play a home and home series this Saturday and Sunday versus the UBC Okanagan. Saturday is in Kamloops tip off at 5:00 p.m. at the Tournament Capital Centre, Sunday the game will be played on UBC’s Okanagan campus and will get started at 4:00 p.m. PST.