By Ali Lee, Vikes Communications
January 20, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – The Vikes were led in scoring by senior Debbie Yeboah (Winnipeg, MB), who tallied 17 points in as many minutes played. Jessica Renfrew (Victoria, BC) finished the night with 10 points, while Jenna Bugiardini (Hamilton, ON) chipped in with nine.
The trio along with Chelsea McMullen (Prince George, B.C.) and Cassandra Goodis (Penticton, BC) got some well-deserved rest, as all of the bench saw time on the floor.
Coming off a big win against the No. 2 Regina Cougars, the University of Victoria Vikes went undefeated this weekend after defeating the Brandon Bobcats 74-49 on Jan. 19 at McKinnon Gym. The Vikes improve to a 10-4 record, while the Bobcats (0-14) continue the hunt for their first win of the season.
For the Bobcats, Aimee Johnton was the spark with 12 points and five rebounds, while Jaynell Gillett also added 12 points.
“Credit to Brandon because they really put it to us in the first quarter,” said associate coach Dani Sinclair. “(Brandon) fought hard to the bitter end but our girls responded really well and every person on our team today scored points. It was a good opportunity for some of our first-year players to try and earn some more time.”
The Vikes struggled in the opening quarter despite going perfect from the line. Brandon’s Carrera Lamoureux got the Bobcats going earning their first eight points. The game was tied five times in the opening quarter but some tough work under the hoop allowed McMullen to keep the Vikes in the game with six of the opening eight points. Goodis and Yeboah hit two late threes to send the Vikes up 21-15 entering the second.
The Vikes were able to find some ease in the second quarter, going on an opening 9-0 run. Second-year Bobcat Johnston broke the streak but the Vikes responded well with lots of pressure.
Fifth-year Vike Yeboah took control earning 10 of the opening 13 points for Victoria putting her in double-digit scoring realm well before the half. The Vikes opened the lead to 22 after Jess Renfrew hit two outside shots and Ashley McGinnis (Oliver, BC) came off the bench to hit one herself as the Vikes lead 47-25 into the break.
Sinclair was able to roll through her bench as the Vikes held as much as a 34-point lead in the third. Both Jenny Lewis (Fall River, NS) and Jenna Krug (North Vancouver, BC) drained a long-range shot to help the Vikes out-score the Bobcats 21-9.
In the fourth, fresh faces for the Vikes line up continued to move the ball around well, as the Bobcats struggled in numbers with second-year and starter Stephanie Haynesgoing down with an ankle injury early in the game.
The Vikes finished strong to the end the game with a 74-49 victory and improve their record to 10-5, while the Bobcats drop to 0-14. The Vikes will now prepare for next weekend, Jan. 25-26, where they will travel to face Thompson Rivers for a double header. All games can be seen live at http://canadawest.tv
SCORING BY QUARTER
VIC: 21-26-21-6 : 74
BRN: 15-10-9-15 : 49
VIC: Debbie Yeboah (17), Jessica Renfrew (10)
BRN: Aimee Johnston (12), Jaynell Gillett (12)