By Ali Lee, Vikes Communications
February 2, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – The University of Victoria Vikes women’s basketball team got stuck in to defeat the UNBC Timberwolves 82-66, earning a much-needed weekend sweep as the Canada West playoff picture becomes clearer.
With quarter-final hosting rights still on the line, the Vikes now advance 13-5, while UNBC drop 6-12 and out of the playoff run.
The Vikes had five players hit double digits including Debbie Yeboah (Winnipeg, MB) and Chelsea McMullen (Prince George, B.C.), each with 16 points, as well as Shaylyn Crisp (Victoria, B.C.), who had 15 points and six rebounds. Jessica Renfrew (Victoria, BC) and Tessla Rennie (Red Lodge, MT) added 13 and 12 points, respectively.
For the Timberwolves, the magic was in the hands of fourth years Jennifer Bruce and Mercedes Van Koughnet, who had 20 and 17 points, respectively. Jordyn Rabbitt sparked UNBC in their gritty third-quarter run to end the night with 13 points.
The Vikes opened the game with a 10-0 tear, establishing a confident lead that held UNBC to eight first-quarter points. Renfrew nailed two outside shots to finish the quarter with 10 points as the Vikes shot 61 percent from the field and entered the first break leading 24-8.
The Timberwolves bounced back to out-score the home side 24-18 in the second quarter. UNBC’s Van Koughnett led the charge as the T-wolves capitalized on 10 UVic turnovers and earned eight second-chance points. For the Vikes, McMullen helped keep her squad on top with eight second-quarter points as the Vikes hung on for the 42-32 lead at half time.
The Vikes traded buckets in the opening of the second half with second-year Crisp adding two needed long-range shots. UNBC’s Rabbitt exploited the Vikes’ defence, draining a few jumpers to earn eight third-quarter points. The teams both scored 23 points in the quarter with the Vikes hanging on to the 65-55 lead entering the fourth.
UNBC continued to hack away at the lead as quick ball movement started to spread the Vikes a little thin. Van Koughnett and Bruce showed infectious determination to stay in the game and rally back. The Vikes struggled in the final quarter as they had unlucky bounces around the rim.
In the final minutes, the Vikes started to find some composure to maintain possession. Crisp drained an important trey, her third of the night, while Tessla Rennie got an important jumper after a long-sequence of Vikes possession. Yeboah added a few insurance markers after drawing two late fuls to lift the Vikes 82-66 over the Timberwolves. The weekend sweep lifts the Vikes 13-5, while UNBC drops to 6-12.
Next weekend, Feb. 8-9, the Vikes will travel for a pair of important playoff seeding games against Mount Royal, while UNBC will host the UBC Thunderbirds (13-4). The games will be broadcast live at http://canadawest.tv
SCORING BY SUMMARY
UVIC: 24-18-23-17 : 82
UNBC: 8-24-23-11 : 66
UVIC: Debbie Yeboah (16), Chelsea McMullen (16)
UNBC: Jennifer Bruce (20), Mercedes Van Koughett (17)