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By Ali Lee, Vikes Communications

October 12, 2012, VICTORIA, B.C. – The University of Victoria Vikes women’s basketball team picked up their first victory with an 88-78 win in their opening pre-season match against the University of British Columbia Okanagan Heat on Friday on Ken and Kathy Shields Court at the McKinnon Gymnasium.

Fifth-year Vike Debbie Yeboah (Winnipeg, MB) tallied 35 points in the game despite fouling out early in the fourth quarter. In the first game of the 2012-13 season, Yeboah’s tally puts her ahead of her 2011-12 season-high total of 32 points, which she earned against the Alberta Pandas on Jan. 7.

For UBC Okanagan, veteran forward Madison Kaneda put up 19 points and going four-for-four on free throws and three-for-four on treys. Forward Roslyn Huber and guardEmily Kanester each tallied 16 points for the Heat.

The Vike women lead in scoring in the first three quarters with their largest margin of eight points happening in the opening quarter. Rookie Jenna Bugiardini (Hamilton, ON) scored 11 points for the Vikes in the opening half, while Yeboah put in 20 as the Vikes entered the break leading 47-34.

In the third quarter, Yeboah scored 11 of the Vikes’ 27 points on a five-basket scoring streak. Throughout the game, the five-foot-six guard went five-for-five from the perimeter and was good for both free throws taken.

The Heat snapped the Vikes’ lead in the fourth-quarter, out-shooting the Vikes 23-14 thanks to the hot hands of Kaneda, Huber and Kanester. Both Kaneda and Huber drained all four attempts from outside the arc throughout the game, while Kanester was six-for-ten from the line.

The Vikes ran into foul trouble, sending the Heat to the line a total of 32 times, where UBC Okanagan was able to earn 24 of their points.

The Vikes had significant contributions from forward Bugiardini, who ended the game with 21 points, three rebounds and went nine-for-eleven in field goal attempts. Guard Cassandra Goodis (Penticton, BC) was key in adding nine points, eight assists and three steals.

The Vikes finished the game with a 88-78 victory over the UBC Okanagan Heat, who are only in their second season of Canada West play. The Vikes and Heat will meet again tomorrow, Oct. 13, at 5 p.m. at McKinnon Gym for exhibition play and will face each other in their conference openers on Nov. 2-3, also at McKinnon Gym.

All games will be broadcast live at http://canadawest.tv


UVIC: 25 – 22 -27 -14 = 88

UBCO: 17 -17- 21 – 23 = 78