Mount Royal Athletics
February 9, 2013, Calgary, AB (ISN) – The No. 9 ranked University of Victoria Vikes women’s basketball team led right from the opening whistle Friday night in Calgary, downing the Mount Royal University Cougars 79-50 in Canada West women’s basketball. The Vikes improve to 14-5, while the Cougars drop to 5-14.
Fifth-year UVic forward Chelsea McMullen (Prince George, B.C.) had the hot hand, pouring in a game high 21 points on 9-of-13 from the field, adding five rebounds on the night as the Vikes improved to 14-5 riding a three-game win streak.
For Mount Royal six-foot Nikki Golding led in scoring, as the guard shot 4-of-6 on the night for 12 points, as the Cougars tallied their fifth-straight loss.
It was one of our better games of the years since we shot the ball really well and had some great play come from the bench,” said associate coach Dani Sinclair. “Chelsea had a great game from start to finish and was key at setting the tone for us. Cassandra [Goodis] also had a great night running point and earning a double-double.”
The scales tilted in the favour of the Vikes from the get-go as McMullen, Cassandra Goodis (Penticton, BC) and Jessica Renfrew (Victoria, BC) scored consecutive baskets to pace Victoria to an early 8-0 lead.
Mount Royal got on the board three minutes into the opener, as Emily Larson slashed through the paint putting home two of her nine points of the night.
Victoria continued to build on their cushion throughout the quarter as Goodis and McMullen each ended the frame with seven points apiece, while Golding did most of her damage on the night in the opening 10 minutes, adding seven for MRU.
UVic continued to push in the second, forcing an early turnover to start the quarter, allowing McMullen to hit a pull up jumper to keep the Vikes offence in gear. Back-to-back three pointers mid-way through the frame from Renfrew took care of the heavy lifting for the Vikes, who outscored Mount Royal 16-11 in the quarter, taking a 40-26 into the half.
The Cougars struggled to contain Victoria in the offensive end of the third, as McMullen added seven in the period, while teammate Debbie Yeboah found room in the paint, scoring six of her own.
Jordan MacLean responded for the Cougars with six points, but Victoria continued to roll, scoring 22 points to the Cougars 16 to lead by 20 after three.
Outscoring Mount Royal 8-2 in the opening minute of the fourth, the Cougars had no answer for McMullen and the Vikes cruised to a 79-50 win over MRU.
Renfrew (16 points) and Goodis (10 points) provided nice secondary scoring for the Vikes, who shot 46 per cent from the field on the night, while Larson (9 points) andAnnalise Posein (8 points) chipped in offensively for the Cougars.
The Vikes won the battle of the boards, out-rebounding the Cougars 46-36, holding MRU to 32 percent shooting from the floor.
“We were good in transition to start the game and [Mount Royal] made some runs but we continued to push and run the floor well,” said Sinclair. “We also won the rebounding battle, which always helps.”
The two teams meet back on Mount Royal’s Kenyon Court at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9. Saturday’s game will also be highlighted by the Cougars’ Shoot for the Cure event, which raises funds for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. The game will also be broadcast live at http://canadawest.tv
SCORING BY QUARTER
VIC: 24-16-22-17 : 79
MRU: 15-11-16- 8 : 50