Buoyed by recent success, the University of Victoria Vikes women’s basketball team will head out on the road this coming weekend for a pair of games in Edmonton on November 18 and 19 against the MacEwan Griffins.
The games will take place at 5:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. respectively.
Some measure of revenge will be on the minds of the Vikes who will be looking to erase the memories of their last games played in Edmonton. MacEwan eliminated UVic from the playoffs last season with back-to-back wins in the Canada West quarter-finals.
“I think for our veteran girls that will provide a little added something to the games,” said Vikes head coach Dani Sinclair. “But they are a new team, we are a new team and it’s a new year.”
The Griffins will be trying to replace the production of graduated forward Megan Wood, who scored 57 points over those two games.
Last Time Out
After a tough start to their season, two losses to the then No. 1 ranked Regina Cougars, the Vikes got back on track with two straight wins at home over the previously undefeated Calgary Dinos.
Fifth-year forward Jenna Bugiardini led the way for UVic in both points and rebounds. The product of Hamilton, ON, was named the Canada West third-star of the week after putting up 39 points and 24 boards over the two games.
MacEwan pulled off the biggest shock of the young U Sports basketball season last weekend.
After losing the first contest in their two game set with the Regina Cougars, the No. 1 ranked team in the nation, MacEwan rebounded to pull off the shocking 73-72 victory at home in the second game.
“They are tough, physical and are playing in their home gym,” said Sinclair.
By the Numbers
15: The ranking, out of 17, of MacEwan in the Canada West pre-season coaches poll
3: The number of games in a row that Bugiardini has led the Vikes in points scored
10: The ranking of the Vikes in the latest U Sports national poll
Dani Sinclair, Vikes head coach
“We’ve been talking about being better in practice to continue to create good habits. We have to get back to what our goals are and in the end we just have to be the best we can be every single day in practice and that will transfer into the game.”
“We want to be playing perfect every game but we still have lots of room for growth. We gave up a 12-point lead in the fourth quarter on the Saturday night so there is a lot to learn from that.”
Friday, Nov. 18 – 5:00 p.m. – @ MacEwan Griffins, City Centre Gym, Edmonton, AB – Watch live on canadawest.tv
Saturday, Nov. 19 – 4:00 p.m. – @ MacEwan Griffins, City Centre Gym, Edmonton, AB – Watch live on canadawest.tv
MacEwan Griffins (2-2)
CIS National Ranking: N/A
Canada West Standings: t-6
Last Week: 1-1
Streak: W 1
Last Canada West Title: N/A
Last CIS Title: N/A