photo by Armado Tura Uvic

The University of Victoria Vikes began the second half of their Canada West season with a convincing 68-43 victory over the University of British Columbia Okanagan Heat on Friday night at the CARSA Performance Gym.

Morgan Roskelley rang in the New Year by draining a pair of threes, as she scored the Vikes (7-2) first eight points, while Katie Langdon used a pair of moves in the paint to stake the Vikes to a 12-8 lead after one frame.

The Heat (1-10) kept pace with the Vikes thanks to a strong first half from second-year guard Alessia Brutto. While she tied Lucy Faba and Jordan Korol with four first half points, she led the way with four assists.

As the Heat began to knock down shots on early in the second quarter, third-year Vikes guard Ashlyn Day started clamping down on defence. Playing against her hometown team, Day forced three turnovers and blocked one shot in the opening 20. Her defence turned into offence, as she got on the glass and knocked down a corner jumper for her seven first half points.

The Vikes won the rebounding battle 52-48 and took cooked the Heat’s bench by outscoring their subs 34-12. Katie Langdon played a big role in both of those categories, as she came off the bench to score 12 points and record 11 rebounds.

Her 12 points tied her for the team lead with the captain Kristy Gallagher, who scored half her points from the charity stripe.
Korol kept muscling her way into the paint, taking advantage of the size matchup and chipped in another four points for eight on the evening. She also led the Heat with eight rebounds.

Ana Evans knocked down a few jumpers in the second half to lead the Heat with nine points on

These two B.C. squads will close out the weekend tomorrow evening (5 p.m.) back at CARSA.