By Ali Lee, Vikes Communications
November 16, 2013, VICTORIA (ISN) – The University of Victoria Vikes picked up their second win of the weekend after dominating the UBC Okanagan Heat 68-45 on Nov. 16 to boast a 3-3 record in the Canada West. The Heat are still on the hunt for their first win of the season at 0-6.
The Vikes showed their dominating presence in the second quarter, out-scoring the heat 24-6. Fourth year Jessica Renfrew was one of three Vikes to hit double digits finishing with 15 points, while point guard Cassandra Goodis added 12 and Jenny Lewis hit three three-pointers to finish with 11 points. Other notables include the freshmen play of Ashley McGinnis who came off the bench to contribute 14 minutes, while guarding the Heat’s top gun Emily Kanester.
Kanester was a threat on both sides of the ball and was the only double-digit scorer with 10 points. The third-year transfer hit two timely shots from well beyond the perimeter to spark the home team, while Krystal Schouten added eight points. Claire Elliot finished with seven points and Kayla McFadden had a team-high five rebounds.
“I was much happier with the performance tonight because we finally held a team defensively,” said Vikes head coach Dani Sinclair. “That was the bigger focus for us today even if we missed a lot of layups. You have more control when you are able to stop teams and we just wanted to get back to basics this weekend. I think we did a good job of that.”
The visiting Vikes took some time to get their feet under them after trading buckets in the opening minutes of the game. After an early 8-4 lead, UBC Okanagan went four-for-four from the line to tie the game up, while Vike Jenna Bugiardini responded from the line on and-one play after a clever lay up. From there, the Vikes needed five points from the line to take an 18-14 lead at the end of the first. The Vikes dominated the boards in the opening quarter with 13 rebounds, while both teams conceded five turnovers.
The Vikes dominated the court in the second quarter despite hitting the rim on several attempts. An opening 6-0 run thanks to quality second efforts, gave the Vikes a 10-point lead. Kanester lit up a very long three to shut the Vikes run and keep the game at 24-17 but three back-to-back shots from beyond the arc silenced the home team. Fifth yearAllison Mulock and third-year guards Lewis and Shaylyn Crisp were the distance scorers that put the Vikes up 33-19 mid-way through the frame.
The Heat generated several drives to the hoop but continued to rim out, while solid rebounding kept the Vikes ahead. Lewis drained her second three in as many attempts to continue the Vikes towards a 42-20 lead entering half time.
The Heat turned it up as Jessica Jazdarehee and Elliot combined for 11 of UBC Okanagan’s 15 points in the third quarter. Elliot and Jazdarehee each hit a long-range bucket to catch up 46-28 and it wasn’t until Renfrew capitalized on her first three that the Vikes got rolling again. Renfrew contributed nine points in the third, while Lewis capped off the quarter with her third three in as many attempts as the Vikes sat on a 60-35 lead entering the fourth quarter.
The Heat bounced back with a strong fourth quarter, holding the Vikes to eight points, while putting up several blocks and being a bigger presence under the hoop. Vikes head coach Sinclair explored the depth of her bench including rolling in McGinnis at the point, Emily Jentsch, Jordan Christie and Nicole Karstein.
“I think Cassandra really stood out today,” added Sinclair about the fourth-year guard. “For three years she has been looking to dish the ball to players like Debbie Yeboahand Chelsea McMullen but she is starting to understand how good she can be herself at scoring. She is so tough to guard and she has such a good understanding of the game.”
The Vikes are now caught up to a 3-3 record and will turn around to host both Winnipeg and Manitoba next week, Nov. 22-23, while UBC Okanagan are 0-6 and will travel to face Lethbridge and Calgary. All games will be webcast live with video and stats at canadawest.tv
1 – 2 – 3 – 4 : F
UVIC: 18-24-18-8 :68
UBCO: 14-6-15-10 :45
UVIC: Jessica Renfrew (15), Cassandra Goodis (12), Jenny Lewis (11), Jenna Bugiardini (11)
UBCO: Emily Kanester (10), Krystal Schouten (8), Claire Elliot (7)