Vikes survive slow start to take down Timberwolves

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By Ali Lee, Vikes Communications/Photos by Glenn Ivens, ISN

February 2, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – The University of Victoria Vikes women’s basketball team gained their first of two needed wins against the UNBC Timberwolves, Feb.1, to improve their record to 12-5.

The Vikes defeated the Timberwolves 65-48 dropping the visitors record to 6-11 on Ken and Kathy Shields Court at the McKinnon Gymnasium.

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Debbie Yeboah lead her UVic Vikes team to a 65-48 victory over the visiting University of Northern BC Timberwolves on Friday night. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)

Senior Debbie Yeboah (Winnipeg, MB) helped the Vikes come out on top with 19 points, while gritty work under the hoop left Chelsea McMullen (Prince George, B.C.) with 15 well-deserved points and six rebounds. Forward Jessica Renfrew (Victoria, BC) notched nine points as the Vikes shot 41 percent from the field and had 16 points contributed from the bench.


Vike’s Chelsea McMullen picked the right time to shine as she knocked down 15 points against her old team, the UNBC Timberwolves, on Friday night at McKinnon Gymnasium. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)

“Really happy for Chelsea’s performance today, especially playing against her old team,” said Dani Sinclair, Vikes associate coach. “She did everything well – rebounded, finished and had a few assists.”

The Timberwolves showed why they are only one slot back of the Vikes thanks to fourth years Jennifer Bruce and Mercedes VanKoughnett, who were the contributing factors with 19 and 13 points, respectively. VanKoughnett also added seven rebounds, while fellow starter Kady Dandeneau had six points and six rebounds.

The Vikes conceded a 5-0 run to the visiting Timberwolves in the opening minutes of the game and continued to trail for nearly seven minutes of play until Renfrew drained a trey to tie the game at 14. Both teams traded turnovers in a disorganized first quarter that eventually saw the Vikes find their way on top. Second-Year Shaylyn Crisp (Victoria, B.C.) hit a big three-point shot to help lift the Vikes 19-16 at the first break.


UVic Vike’s Cassandra Goodis drives around the check of UNBC Timberwolves defenders during Friday night’s CIS matchup at McKinnon Gymnasium. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN

The Vikes took control of the tempo in the second quarter with an improvement in both their full court defence and their conversion on lay ups. Yeboah finally found her stride as the fifth-year ran the floor, finishing several shots off the dribble to tally 13 first-half points. Guard Jenna Bruce was the sharp shooter for the visitors, as the fourth year hit two much-needed treys to trail the Vikes 37-29 at the half.

“UNBC came out firing and were hitting shots and we were not,” said Sinclair about the slow start. “I thought we lacked a bit of energy in the first half and it took us getting down to motivate us to get back up. That won’t always work so we will need to come out with a better effort tomorrow”

With only a 10-member travelling roster, the Timberwolves drew heavy minutes from two-way players Bruce and Van Koughnett. Victoria out shot UNBC 14-8 in a scrappy third quarter that saw Yeboah’s athleticism and McMullen’s physicality allow the Vikes to go up 57-41 entering the final quarter.

Taking a moment to slow the pace, the Vikes took control in the fourth to finish the game with a 65-48 win, bringing them one victory closer to quarter-final hosting rights. The Vikes improve to 12-5, while the Timberwolves drop to 6-11. Both teams will re-match tomorrow, Feb. 2, at 5 p.m. at McKinnon Gym. The game will be broadcast live at;




UVIC: 19-18-14-14: 65

UNBC: 16-13-8-11: 48


UVIC: Debbie Yeboah (19), Chelsea McMullen (15)

UNBC: Jennifer Bruce (19), Mercedes VanKoughnett (13)