By Ali Lee, Vikes Communications
January 12, 2013 (ISN) – Victoria BC (ISN) – The University of Victoria Vikes women’s basketball team grabbed their first victory of the new year, defeating the Winnipeg Wesmen 79-63 on Jan. 11. The win improves the Vikes record to 7-4, while the Wesmen drop to 5-7 in the Canada West.
Leading the floor for the Vikes were fifth-year veteran Debbie Yeboah (Winnipeg, MB) with 21 points and third-year Jessica Renfrew (Victoria, BC) with 20 points. Yeboah also neared a triple-double after she tallied nine rebounds and eight assists. The pair combined for six of 14 three-pointers made throughout the evening.
For the Wesmen, Yael Kaplan led her squad with 15 points, while Lauren Anderson went perfect from the line and added 10 points. The Wesmen were out-scored in every quarter except the fourth, where they edged the Vikes 16-14 to try and cut the lead.
“After we found our legs, we really began to run the floor well,” said associate coach Dani Sinclair. “We put in the easy baskets, had good transitions and we saw the ball really well tonight. On top of that we hit 14 three-pointers, which really made a difference.”
The holiday lull seemed to slow both teams at first, as scoring was scarce and play was scrappy for the opening quarter. Both teams played tight, matching shot-for-shot, but two outside shots from guard Cassandra Goodis (Penticton, BC) and seven points from Yeboah, put the Vikes up 19-15.
Into the second, the Vikes started to find their legs and run the floor. Rookie Jenna Bugiardini (Hamilton, ON) and second-year Jenny Lewis (Fall River, NS) started to gain some comfort, as the pair combined for 11 of the Vikes’ 20 second-quarter points. In addition, the Vikes drained three big shots from outside, each from a different shooter. The Vikes entered the break with a 39-33 lead.
Yeboah kicked off the second half with her third three-pointer of the evening, which sparked an impressive third-quarter bout of scoring for Renfrew. Meanwhile, Lewis got in the zone and found herself nailing two outside shots to help the Vikes out-score the Wesmen by an amassing 26-14 in the third quarter.
In the final quarter, the Wesmen pushed back to pace the Vikes 16-14 on the board but solid defensive play and good ball movement allowed the Vikes to come away with a 79-63 victory.
“We were able to really spread the floor tonight,” said Sinclair. “We had to limit minutes for Cassandra (Goodis) when she got into foul trouble so Debbie stepped in to play point for us and she did a great job. Also, Jenny (Lewis) was a major spark for us off the bench, hitting some big, big shots, as well as playing tough defence.”
Tomorrow, Jan. 12, the Vikes women will face the Manitoba Bisons (2-10) at 4 p.m. The game will be broadcast live at http://uvic.canadawest.tv
SCORING BY QUARTER:
VIC: 19-20-26-14 : 79
WPG: 15-18-14-16 : 63