Langdon leads Vikes to weekend series sweep of Heat

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KELOWNA, B.C. – For a second-straight night the University of Victoria Vikes women’s basketball team defeated the UBC Okanagan heat on the road in Kelowna. Katie Langdon led the Vikes to a convincing 97-62 victory to earn the weekend series sweep and improve the Vikes record to 10-8 in the Canada West conference.

It was a similar script to the night prior, as Victoria came out scorching hot to start the game and built an early 23-8 advantage after the first quarter and would only build upon their advantage from there.

Langdon was once again a force on the inside as the forward had 23 points on just 14 shot attempts along 14 rebounds for her third double-double of the Canada West season. Kelowna product Ashlyn Day had 19 points for the visitors while senior guard Amira Giannattasio had 16 points and four assists in the victory.

Victoria finished the game shooting 47% from the field, including 40% from deep and shared the ball all night long to the tune of 22 assists. The Heat attack shot 39% from the field but just 29% from three-point territory as they were unable to keep up with the Vikes offence.

For the hosts, Vanessa Botteselle had a team-high 18 points to go with six assists and four rebounds in her final game in a Heat uniform. With her nine rebounds on the night, Jordan Korol became the first female player in program history to average a double-double for a season as the forward grabbed 204 rebounds this season in 20 games.

UBCO finishes off their season with a 1-19 record as they have a bye in the final weekend of conference play but have high hopes for their squad going into the 2019-20 season.

It was all Vikes early as they scored the opening 12 points on the night to build an early double-digit advantage. Claire Feasby did her best to keep the home team in it as she scored all eight of the Heat’s points in the opening 10 minutes as her team trailed 23-8 after one. Victoria continued to shoot the lights out to start the second as they led by as many as 26 points in the second quarter and went into the halftime break with the 47-25 lead.Langdon had a double-double in the first half alone as she had 15 points and 10 rebounds through the opening 20 minutes of play.

The second half was more Vikes as they shot 57% in the third quarter alone, led by Giannattasio who had 12 points in the third frame. Kelowna product Ashlyn Day had eight points in the quarter as the visitors led 75-42 heading to the final frame. The fourth quarter was a near formality as the game was all but out of reach for the Heat.

The Vikes will be at home next weekend for their final home series of the Canada West regular season. Victoria will welcome the MacEwan Griffins to the CARSA Performance Gym on Friday for You Can Play night and again on Saturday for Senior Night. All games can be watched live on canadawest.tv.

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