Six long weeks after their last meaningful action, the UVic Vikes women’s basketball team will take to the hard court once again when they travel to Kamloops, B.C. to battle the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack on January 6 and 7.
The first game in the Interior gets underway at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, before the teams turn around and do battle again on the Tournament Capital Centre at 7:00 p.m. Saturday.
Two seasons ago these teams met in a Canada West quarter-final series to remember. A buzzer-beating three pointer from Shaylyn Crisp gave the Vikes a 2-1 series win in the best-of-three competition. Victoria’s two wins in the series came by a total of five points as the Vikes upset the WolfPack in Kamloops.
Last Time Out
The long holiday break felt even longer for both the Vikes and TRU after both teams lost their last two regular season games of 2016 to rivals.
A huge second half comeback made it close, but in the end the Vikes dropped a double-overtime thriller to the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds the last time they played.
Sitting at 4-4 after the first half of the season the Vikes are currently tied for eighth in Canada West but with two wins in Kamloops could climb as high as fourth.
The WolfPack went winless in Prince George in their last games before the break, falling to the University of Northern British Columbia by scores of 89-82 and 68-57.
A team that has made the playoffs for the past five seasons, the WolfPack have struggled a 2-8 record through the first half of the season.
By the Numbers
1: Fifth-year forward Jenna Bugiardini is the only player in Canada West to rank in the top five in both points and rebounds per game.
56.8: The number of points per game TRU is scoring as a team, second least in Canada West.
0.6194: The RPI of UVic, the second highest in the conference. RPI is being used to determine playoff seeding in Canada West this season to account for the fact that every team plays a different schedule.
Dani Sinclair, Vikes head coach
“We hopefully got the rust off last week with our training camp here. The girls are starting to see the light at the end of the season, especially our veteran players that have been through this a few times. It can seem daunting going into a September training camp for the fifth time but I think this will hopefully be a good starting off point for the second half.”
“You know you are always going to get a tough game against them (TRU), especially in their own gym, so this will be a good test for us on the road to start off the second half of the season.”
Friday, Jan. 6 – 6:00 p.m. – @ TRU WolfPack, Kamloops, B.C. –
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Saturday, Jan. 7 – 5:00 p.m. – @ TRU WolfPack, Kamloops, B.C. –
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TRU WolfPack (2-8)
CIS National Ranking: N/A
Canada West Standings: 14
Last Week: 0-2
Streak: L 2
Last Canada West Title: N/A
Last CIS Title: N/A