A 24-point first quarter from the University of Victoria Vikes women’s basketball team set the tone early in a dominating 77-56 win for the Vikes over the Lethbridge Pronghorns on Nov. 27 at the First Choice Savings Centre. The win snaps a four-game losing streak for the Vikes and improves their Canada West record to 2-5. Lethbridge is still in search of their first victory after the loss, sitting at 0-5 on the season.
Fourth-year Vike Jenna Bugiardini led all scorers on the night, completing a double-double with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Fourth-year forward Nicole Karstein followed suit for the Vikes, adding a double-double of her own with 14 points and three rebounds. Vikes leading scorer and second-year guard Amira Giannattasio had another solid performance, chipping in with 18 points.
Danielle Fritzke led the Pronghorns with 12 points and was the lone Pronghorn to hit double digits. Katie Keith, Elizabeth Buie and Lydia Strong each picked up eight points in the loss. Keith also had six rebounds to keep up the strong start to her university career.
The Vikes were scoring at will in the first quarter, shooting 40 per cent from the floor to take a 24-7 lead into the second quarter. In a disastrous opening quarter for the Pronghorns, the ‘Horns shot just 2-for-15 from the floor and were never able to recover.
While the ‘Horns had a better second quarter at both ends of the floor, they were unable to cut into the Vikes lead at all and trailed 43-25 at the half. The ‘Horns finished the half only shooting 26.5 per cent and were 5-for-14 from behind the arc. The Vikes continued their solid shooting and finished the half at 39.1%.
The second half saw much of the same, with the Vikes building their lead to as many as 29 points at the mid-point of the third quarter and to as many as 30 in the fourth before settling for the 21-point win.
The ‘Horns did slightly improve their shooting percentage in the second half but finished the night only 28.8 per cent from the field and were only 6-for-26 from long range. The Vikes were consistent all night and finished with a 40.3 per cent shooting night and dominated the glass with a 59-33 rebound advantage.
Tomorrow night, the ‘Horns and Vikes will conclude the weekend set when both teams tip-off at 5:00 p.m. The game will be streamed live on www.canadawest.tv, home of all Canada West webcasts.
1 2 3 4 F
UVIC: 24 19 21 13 77
LETH: 7 18 13 18 56
UVIC: J. Bugiardini (22), A. Giannattasio (18), N. Karstein (14)
LETH: D. Fritzke (12), K. Keith (8), E. Buie (8), L. Strong (8)