Renfrew sizzling as Vikes take down Heat

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By Zac Andrus

October 13, 2012, VICTORIA, B.C. – Coming off of a hard fought win in last night’s match-up against the University of British Columbia Okanagan Heat, the University of Victoria Vikes women’s basketball team continued their hot streak Saturday night and once again defeated the visiting Heat in the second game of their double-header weekend by a final score of 83 – 64.

Sinking a variety of shots, Jessica Renfrew (Victoria, BC) was on fire with 12 points in the first quarter. The Heat managed to hold on and trailed by only four at the end of the period. UBCO relied on second-year guard Sarah Allison for the majority of their first-half scoring as she netted 12 points as a result of hot shooting behind the arc.

The Vikes responded to the Heat’s perimeter shooting and put on a show of their own, pushing their lead to ten late in the second quarter with a pair of three-pointers from Jordan Newman and another three-pointer from Debbie Yeboah (Winnipeg, MB), all within a span of 30 seconds. At the end of the half the score was 40-30 in favour of the Vikes.

Tessla Rennie (Red Lodge, MT) kicked off the third quarter with some gritty rebounds and put-backs for the Vikes, extending the lead to 14 early in the quarter. Tessla Rennie (Red Lodge, MT) got in on the act with a tough “And One” finish to continue the Vikes’ run. The Heat responded with a few tough-nosed hustle plays and strong takes to the basket. However, Cassandra Goodis (Penticton, BC) controlled the pace for the Vikes and assisted on a pair of baskets on her way to a double-digit assist night total of 10. The late run propelled the Vikes to a 20-point lead to start the fourth quarter.

Early in the fourth quarter, the Heat made a valiant attempt at a run, riding the energy of Madison Kaneda, who tallied 11 points in the first five minutes of the final period. The Vikes’ lead was cut to ten with three minutes left in the game but Renfrew proved to be too good as she found her touch from the first quarter and nailed a pair of jumpers to up her points total to 19. Jenny Lewis (Fall River, NS) finished the game in style with a razzle-dazzle step-back jumper as the shot clock expired, helping push the Vikes to an 83-64 win.

With the win, the Vikes move to 2-0 in preseason play and travel to Kamloops, B.C. to play in a tournament hosted by Thompson Rivers University. Their first match-up is the University of Saskatchewan Huskies on Oct.19. The Vikes begin their regular season on the weekend of Nov. 2-3 in two rematches against the Heat.

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