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By Natalie Wise, Vikes Communications

October 26, 2012, Hamilton, ON – The University of Victoria Vikes women’s basketball team opened up their preseason Eastern road-trip with a 72-68 win over the McMaster University Marauders.

University of Victoria Vike fifth-year Debbie Yeboah (Winnipeg, MB) was the game’s high scorer, leading the Vikes in points as she scored 22 and went 11 for 12 in free throws.

The Vikes’ match-up against the Marauders was the first of their four-game Eastern conference road-trip, Oct. 25 – 28. The Vikes are preparing to host their season openers Nov. 2 – 3 against the University of British Columbia Okanagan Heat.

The first quarter saw the Marauders take the lead with a score of 25-16 as the Vikes struggled to find their scoring touch. The second quarter saw the points margin widen by 16 as the Marauders were up 49-33 at halftime.

The Vikes finally made their move and went on an unbelievable 19-point third quarter run as it took the Marauders five minutes to get onto the scoreboard. The Marauders struggled to regain their first-half form and the Vikes outscored the home team 28-4 with a 61-53 lead heading into the final quarter.

The Vikes maintained their lead but the Marauders came close and with a score of 69-67 in the dying minutes of the game, were within striking distance. The buzzer sounded before the Marauders could complete the takeover and the UVic women bested McMaster 72-68.

Third-year Jessica Renfrew (Victoria, BC) had an 18-point game to help Yeboah lift the Vikes to their 72-68 win while Tessla Rennie (Red Lodge, MT) was a sparkplug coming off the bench with seven offensive rebounds. Playing a tough game defensively, Cassandra Goodis (Penticton, BC) grabbed seven rebounds and had three steals, the Vikes out-rebounded the Marauders 44-27.

The next three preseason games for the Vikes are against the University of Guelph Gryphons, the University of Toronto Varsity Blues and the Western University Mustangs, Oct. 26 through 28. The Vikes open their regular season at home against the University of British Columbia Okanagan Heat, Nov. 2 – 3, at 6:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. Both games will be broadcast live on http://uvic.canadawest.tv.