By Ali Lee, Vikes Communications
January 10, 2014, VICTORIA (ISN) – The unranked University of Victoria Vikes women’s basketball team were unable to pull off the upset over the visiting and No. 4-ranked Saskatchewan squad on Jan. 10 at McKinnon Gym. The talented Huskies dominated 73-45 with three players in double digits to improve to a near-perfect 10-1 record.
The Huskies’ size and speed helped them cruise over the home team and a helpful 18 points from Kabree Howards and 17 points from Dalyce Emmerson was the icing on the cake. The Huskies shot 51 per cent from the field, out-rebounded the Vikes 42-23 and earned 36 points in the paint. Emmerson completed the double-double with 15 rebounds.
The Vikes’ usual scorers were held quiet giving a team-high eight points to Jenny Lewis, while Cassandra Goodis and Jessica Renfrew each added seven. The Vikes were 30 per cent from the field and required 21 points from their bench, most of which came in the final frame.
The home team kept pace with their top-ranked counter parts in the opening quarter trading buckets all the way to a 21-17 edge in favour of the visitors. Guard Kiera Lyons was perfect on every attempt including the Huskies’ lone three to put up seven opening points, while six-foot-three Emmerson dominated the paint with six early rebounds.
The Vikes struggled to have the ball drop but managed to stay on par in the opening ten but a cruel 13-0 run by the Huskies in the opening of the second quarter made it a bitter walk to the change room at half time. Howard opened the second frame with a daggering three, while Emmerson made good in the paint on back-to-back occasions to set Saskatchewan up for a 36-22 edge at the break.
The Vikes struggled to find success in scoring, held to only five second-quarter points and making only nine of 32 field attempts in the first half. Third-year Renfrew was held to just seven points in the first half, while the Vikes were forced to rest their height of Sarah Semeniuk and Nicole Karstein who had early foul trouble. The Huskies were 54 per cent from the field and dominated the boards 25-11 dictating the majority of the flow and possession in the match.
It was much of the same story in the third quarter as the Vikes were out-scored 19-8, showing the dominance of the full-packaged Huskies. The Vikes struggled to keep up with the speed of Kelsey Trulsrud and Howard, while the height of Emmerson continued to wreak havoc in the paint.
Saskatchewan put on a show of their skill and athleticism and while the Vikes continued to run the floor, they were plagued by missed opportunities and errant turnovers. Vikes starters Renfrew, Goodis and Shaylyn Crisp showed a high-level of compete but could not turn the ball game around, requiring some fourth-quarter energy from bench players Ashley McGinnis and Emily Jentsch.
In the fourth the Huskies silenced the home crowd earning as much as a 30-point lead on route to the 73-45 victory to seal the top of the Prairie Division with a 10-1 record. The Vikes now fall 7-4 and will turn around to host the No. 3 Alberta Pandas on Jan. 11 at 5:00 p.m. in McKinnon Gym. The Huskies will head to the mainland to face the UBC Thunderbirds at 5:00 p.m. Games will be broadcast live at canadawest.tv.
UVIC: 17-5-8-15 : 45
SASK: 21-15-19-18 : 73
UVIC: Jenny Lewis (8), Jessica Renfrew (7), Cassandra Goodis (7)
SASK: Kabree Howard (18), Dalyce Emmerson (17), Kelsey Trulsrud (11)