By Josh Tevlin, Calgary Dinos
In the second of a two-game series, the University of Victoria Vikes women’s basketball fell to the University of Calgary Dinos in a hard-fought, physical 86-65 game at the Jack Simpson Gym in Calgary on Sunday afternoon.
With the win, the Dinos improve to 5-3 on the season, matching the Vikes’ 5-3 record.
“I thought we came out with more energy and more fight to start the game an obviously shot the ball a little bit better but still gave up too many points,” said Dani Sinclair, head coach of the Vikes. “We didn’t stick to the game plan of what was working and against a good team like Calgary they’re going to make you pay for that. And I thought they made us pay for all of our mistakes pretty much all day long.”
After a tough loss Saturday night, the Vikes came out with a revamped strategy to best the Dinos. Regardless, the Dinos didn’t seem to be phased in this rematch, continuing with their pressing defence and physical offence that was on display Saturday night.
Calgary’s much improved free-throw shooting, 88.9 per cent compared to 53.3 on Saturday, compensated for a drop in field goal shooting. The Dinos ended the game shooting 41 per cent from the field.
The game commenced with an evenly-matched first quarter. The Dinos continued their notorious full court press early on and it resulted in some crucial forced turnovers for the Vikes. The Vikes were looking much improved in the first quarter. They came out of the opening quarter with a one-point lead thanks to Vikes star guard, Giannattasio.
Giannattasio finished the first half with a team leading 14 points after being held to just five points on Saturday night. This dominant first half performance was not enough to hold an improving Calgary offence, however, and the Dinos went into the half with a commanding 44-36 lead.
The third quarter was where the Dinos began running away with the game. Calgary executed a smothering full court press that resulted in seven third-quarter steals. Erin McIntosh and Laura Grabe made a huge defensive impact, concluding the game with three steals a piece.
Calgary held off an advancing Vikes and secured a 21-point victory at the final buzzer.
The Dinos team showed how deep they were with great statistical performance from many players. Bobbi Jo Colburn led the squad with 22 points and two steals. Erin McIntosh added 11 points and three steals, and Liene Stalidzane had an impressive nine points, five assists, and two steals.
Calgary heads out on the road next weekend to face the Manitoba Bisons in Winnipeg, while the Vikes return home to take on the Trinity Western Spartans, Nov. 23-24. All games will be live on canadawest.tv.
CGY: 20 – 24 – 21 – 21 : 86
VIC: 21 – 15 – 13 – 16 : 65