Team depth lifts Vikes to second-straight win over Heat

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By Ali Lee, Vikes Communications

November 3, 2012, VICTORIA – The CIS No. 7 ranked University of Victoria Vikes women’s basketball team earned their second-straight Canada West win after the home side defeated the UBC Okanagan Heat 83-52 on Saturday at Ken and Kathy Shields Court in McKinnon Gym.

The Vikes had five scorers hit double digits to improve their Canada West record to 2-0.

Vikes associate coach Dani Sinclair made the most of the depth on her team as Jenny Lewis (Fall River, NS) and Tessla Rennie (Red Lodge, MT) came off the bench to contribute in scoring with 12 and 10 points, respectively. Third-year guard Cassandra Goodis (Penticton, BC) and Nicole Karstein (Kamloops, BC) were big under the boards with 10 rebounds each.

“We had at least three different people from last night that hit double digits,” said Sinclair. “Jenny Lewis came off the bench and had a great game. She gives us energy and it was great to see her so successful tonight.”

Despite trailing by 24 at the half, UBC Okanagan’s Sarah Allison and Madison Kaneda helped rally their team for a quality second half. Allison and Kaneda led the team with 12 points each, while Emily Kanester chipped in for eight.

The Heat were forced to compete without last night’s leading scorer, Roslyn Huber, who suffered a ankle injury in a collison with UVic’s Chelsea McMullen (Prince George, B.C.) with two minutes left in the game. Last night, the six-foot Huber put up 21 points and 11 rebounds for the visitors.

The Vikes came out of the gate with a 9-0 run, keeping the heat off the board for nearly five minutes of play until UBC Okangan’s Madison Kaneda sunk won from the line. The Heat struggled to gain momentum as they amassed 12 turnovers throughout the first ten minutes of play. The home side did well to move the ball around and second-year Lewis took it upon herself to score eight straight points for the Vikes, who led after the first quarter 21-4.

Following the first break, the trend continued as the Vikes limited the Heat to only three second-quarter points. Second-year Jordyn Newman (White Rock, BC) and first year Rennie came off the bench to contribute six points each, giving the Vikes their largest lead of the quarter by 26 points. The Heat trailed the Vikes 41-17 entering half time.

In the third quarter, the Heat made some adjustments, running at the Vikes, which landed them on the free-throw line to play catch up. Kaneda and Allison did well to run the floor and capitalize on the fast breaks for the Heat but the Vikes, running through their bench, still dominated in the third quarter. Six-foot-one Vikes rookie Karstein put up eight rebounds in the third quarter as the Vikes led 56-36 entering the fourth period of play.

Vikes regulars Jessica Renfrew (Victoria, BC), Debbie Yeboah (Winnipeg, MB), Goodis and McMullen all shared minutes with the rest of the bench despite Renfrew and Goodis ending the game with 12 and 10 points, respectively. Newman scored her fourth three-pointer in the fourth quarter to seal the game with a 83-52 victory.

“It’s tough when you play back-to-back games against the same team,” added Sinclair. “You don’t want to log to many minutes so, to have girls come off the bench and give that kind of a production is huge for us.”

WIth the win, the Vikes improve their record to 2-0, while the UBC Okanagan drop to 0-2. The Vikes will travel to Abbotsford, Nov. 9-10, to face the Fraser Valley Cascades, while the Heat face the Mount Royal Cougars in a double header on the same weekend. All games will be broadcast live at http://canadawest.tv

SCORING BY QUARTER

UBCO: 4-12-19-15: 52

UVIC: 21-20-15-27 : 83

SCORING LEADERS

UBCO: Sarah Allison (12 pts), Madison Kaneda (12 pts), Emily Kanester (10 pts)

UVIC: Jenny Lewis (12pts), Jessica Renfrew (12 pts), Cassandra Goodis (10 pts), Tessla Rennie (10 pts)

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