By Ali Lee, Vikes Communications
November 22, 2013, VICTORIA (ISN) – The University of Victoria Vikes women’s basketball team needed some leadership from the fourth-year duo of Jessica Renfrew and Cassandra Goodis to get their first win at McKinnon Gymnasium.
The Vikes downed the Manitoba Bisons 59-43 to improve their Canada West record to 4-3, while the Bisons drop 3-4.
Renfrew led the Vikes with 13 points and four rebounds, while Goodis had seven assists while also putting up 11 points. Sarah Semeniuk led most of the early scoring that gave the Vikes a cushion during a slow second half. The six-foot-three post had 10 points and six rebounds as the Vikes went 37 per cent from the field and 64 per cent from the line.
For the visitors, Sheree Carmona-Galdamez led in every category with 13 points, four rebounds and two assists. The fourth-year guard logged 33 minutes in the match with the next highest scorers being Vanessa DeVries with six points and three others with four points. The Bisons struggled from the field going 29 per cent on the night and were only 46 per cent accurate in free throws.
The Vikes quickly found comfort back on the floor of Ken and Kathy Shields Court going on to edge the visiting Bisons 12-9 in the opening quarter. Semeniuk made good on three early buckets under the hoop to lead the Vikes in first-quarter scoring, while Carmona-Galdamez started her scoring campaign with four early points of her own.
In the second frame the Vikes held Manitoba to just 11 points relative to their 21. Renfrew nailed two of the team’s four second-quarter three-point shots for the Vikes to finish the first half with eight points. The Vikes had an impressive 11-0 run in the opening minutes of the second quarter thanks to solid play making from Goodis. Manitoba was 9-for-33 from the field in the first half despite showing a edging the Vikes 8-7 in rebounds.
Carmona-Galdamez was the lone threat for the Bisons finishing the half with a team-high nine points as the Bisons trailed the Vikes 33-20 entering the break.
The Vikes had a strong second-half start after back-to-back layups from Renfrew that sparked an 8-0 run for the home team. The Bisons continued to stay on the board but were out-scored 16-11 in the third after Ashley McGinnis came off the bench to hit her second shot from distance just before the break.
Poor clock management allowed the Bisons to close the gap that was as large as 21. Back-to-back fouls from rookie Emily Jentsch allowed the visitors to gain a 6-0 run in foul shots, cutting the Vikes’ lead to 13. The sloppy and physical final frame had both teams walking the court for several shots from the line but Manitoba 4-for-10 from the line, missing out on their come-back chance.
With both teams in foul trouble the Vikes did manage to gain five late points from the line to come away with the 59-43 victory. The win marks the Vikes women’s first victory on home court and improves their Pacific Division record to 4-3, while their Prairie Division counterparts now fall 3-4. The Vikes will regroup to host the Winnipeg Wesmen tomorrow, Nov. 23 at McKinnon Gym, while the Bisons will travel to face the UBC Thunderbirds at War Memorial Gym. Both games are at 5 p.m. and will be broadcast live at canadawest.tv.
- UVIC: 12-21-16-10 : 59
- MAN: 9-11-11-12 : 43
- UVIC: Jess Renfrew (13), Cassandra Goodis (11)
- MAN: Sheree Carmona-Galdamez (13), Vanessa DeVries (6)