Women's Basketball: National Top 10 Tracker; Upset of the Week, New Rankings Released

The University of Victoria Vikes have officially taken over the top spot in the CIS coaches' poll rankings from previously top-seeded Windsor, after the Lancers were upset by (previously) #9-ranked Toronto. The Varsity Blues overcame a 34-27 halftime deficit, capitalizing on the (apparently injury-and-illness-ridden) short Lancers' bench -- in fact, only eight players were listed on the stats sheet -- and outscoring the home team 20-9 in the final frame to pull off the 66-61 victory. The win has moved the Lancers down to second place, while the Varsity Blues are up to #7. For the Lancers, Bojana Kovacevic and Jessica Clemençon led all scorers with 18 points apiece, while Iva Peklova pulled down 11 rebounds. For the visiting team, Nicki Schutz topped the well-rounded scoring with 15, while Jill Stratton and Alicia Van Kampen added 12 each and both of Erin McNeely and Sherri Pierce chipped in 10.

The new rankings are as follows:

Team:                                            Previous Ranking:
1) Victoria Vikes                                     (2)
2) Windsor Lancers                                 (1)
3) Regina Cougars                                   (3)
4) Western Ontario Mustangs                 (4)
5) Saskatchewan Huskies                        (6)
6) UNB Varsity Reds                              (5)
7) Toronto Varsity Blues                         (9)
8) Carleton Ravens                                  (7)
9) Laval Rouge et Or                               (8)
10) Alberta Pandas                             (unranked)

As for newly-crowned Victoria, the Island squad maintained their perfect record with a 70-59 and 58-52 sweep of Fraser Valley. On Friday, senior Kayla Dykstra led her team with 21 points and 7 rebounds, while Alexa McCarthy was the only Cascade to break double digits with 11 (box score here). On Saturday, the Vikes' scoring was more well-rounded, with Bebbie Yeboah, Dykstra and Vanessa Forstbauer tallying 16, 13, and 14, respectively, while the opposite was true for Fraser Valley as Aieisha Luyken tacked up 23 of her team's 52 points in 31 minutes of floor time.

Other top 10 scores:

#3 Regina Cougars:
According to Cougars guard Joanna Zalesiak, losing to the Victoria Vikes this weekend "is not an option" (story courtesy Regina Leader-Post). They certainly look to come into the game strong after increasing their win streak to 6-0 with two W's over TWU this past weekend, 72-51 on Friday and 74-47 on Saturday. These will not be games to miss, as if the Lancer ranking move was any indication then a win over the top-ranked Vikes could see the Cougars in the top spot for the first time this season. Both teams will enter the contest undefeated.

#4 Western Ontario Mustangs:
A huge 30-point 83-53 trumping of Ryerson was followed up by an even more impressive 90-43 pounding of the Varsity Blues, considering Toronto had just finished such a giant-killing performance the previous night. In the home opener, fifth-year transfer Matteke Hutzler continued her dominant streak with a 21-point and 7-rebound performance. On Saturday, Katelyn led(dy) all scorers with 18, while McNeely and Pierce added 12 each for Toronto.

#5 Saskatchewan Huskies:
68-51 and 62-46 over Lethbridge. Saturday boxscore here, and Friday's stats here.

#6 UNB Varsity Reds:
New Brunswick split their weekend games with fellow Easterner Memorial, with the Reds claiming an 80-65 victory on Saturday and the Seahawks taking Sunday's game 77-71.

#8 Carleton Ravens:
Suffered a close-but-not-quite 51-59 loss to Laurier on Friday but managed to overpower Waterloo 59-42 on Saturday.

#9 Laval Rouge et Or:
The Red and Gold got stomped by unranked Concordia on Friday night, losing 79-48 behind a 24-point performance from Yasmin Jean-Phillipe. For Laval, only 6 players managed to tally points, with Marie-Michele Genois topping all scores with 14.

#10 Alberta Pandas:
Alberta manhandled the Brandon Bobcats 90-something to 50-something both nights this past weekend, with a 93-56 win on Friday and 99-53 on Saturday.
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