By Vikes Communications
February 23, 2013, Regina, Sask (ISN) – The University of Victoria Vikes women’s basketball team were defeated 70-57 by the No.2-ranked Regina Cougars in Game 1 a best-of-three Canada West quarterfinal series at the Centre for Kinesiology, Health & Sport.
Lindsay Ledingham led the No. 2-ranked Cougars in both scoring and rebounding in the victory, ending up with 15 points and seven rebounds. Ledingham was one of five Cougars to score in double figures, as Danielle Schmidt added 13 points, Michelle Clark and Brittany Read both collected 12, and Megan Chamberlin came off the bench to score 10 points.
Fifth year Chelsea McMullen (Prince George, B.C.) had a team-high 11 points for the No. 10 Vikes squad, while fellow senior Debbie Yeboah (Winnipeg, MB) chipped in for 10. Yeboah also tallied seven rebounds, while Cassandra Goodis (Penticton, BC) added seven points and five rebounds. Rookie Jenna Bugiardini (Hamilton, ON) totalled nine points and six rebounds in her first playoff appearance.
Thoughout the game the Cougars led from wire to wire in the win, the game was tight for the entire first quarter and a large portion of the second. Regina led 19-17 after the first and the game’s first significant run for either team didn’t come until the very end of the second, as the Cougars went on an 8-0 run over the final 2:30 of the quarter to take a 13-point lead into halftime.
The teams essentially traded points for the entire second half, as the Cougars’ biggest lead was 16 points and Victoria wasn’t ever able to cut the deficit to single digits.
Game 2 will tip off on Saturday at 5 p.m. at the CKHS. A win by the Cougars gives them a series sweep and a berth in next weekend’s Canada West Final Four, while a Victoria victory would force a third and deciding game (Sunday, 2 p.m.). All times listed are PST and the games will be broadcast live at http://canadawes.tv
NOTES: The Cougars improve their all-time postseason record against Victoria to 5-3.
SCORING BY QUARTER
REG: 19-24-17-10: 70
VIC: 17-13-15-12: 57
REG: Lindsay Ledingham (15), Danielle Schmidt (13)
VIC: Chelsea McMullen (11), Debbie Yeboah (10)