By Ali Baggott, Vikes Communications
The University of Victoria Vikes women’s basketball team enjoyed a 78-59 win over the now 0-3 Thompson Rivers WolfPack in Kamloops, B.C. on Nov. 9. Third-year Vikes guard Calli McMillan posted a career game-high in scoring finishing the night with 21 points in 27 minutes played.
Last week’s U SPORTS Athlete of the Week and fifth-year Vikes guard Amira Giannattasio had another double-digit scoring night with 16 points, while second year Ashlyn Day had 13 points and four assists. The score line can easily be attributed to the gritty defence shown as the Vikes out-rebounded the WolfPack 53-41 and second-year Vike Haily Weaver had 14 rebounds, 11 of which were defensive. Aleah Ashlee and Katie Langdon pulled down nine and eight boards, respectively, while the team shot 46 per cent from the field.
Fifth-year Thompson Rivers guard Michelle Bos was the home side’s top scorer as the Surrey, B.C. native finished with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Fourth year Leilani Carney had 14 points. The WolfPack stayed on pace with the Vikes in the first and third quarter being out-scored 19-20 in the first and 18-17 in the third but a 12-point difference in the second quarter put the Vikes out of reach.
“I’m happy with the win,” said Vikes head coach Dani Sinclair, whose team moves to 4-1 on the season. “I thought we got good contributions from a lot of people. When we were playing well we moved the ball well and found we played inside out and shot the ball well at times.”
The teams traded baskets in the opening quarter with Emily Vilac and Bos putting in some key three pointers to lift their team 11-6 mid-way through the opening frame. The Vikes pushed ahead towards the end of the quarter thanks to two free throws from Giannattasio and a McMillan three pointer just before the first break.
In the second, the Vikes saw some quality team scoring as Vikes forward Ashlee put in the first lay up of the quarter. McMillan put up eight points including two shots from beyond the arc, while Morgan Roskelley and aily Weaver also contributed in scoring to lift the Vikes up by a commanding 40-29 over the WolfPack.
The Vikes continued to get key stops from Weaver, Ashlee and Langdon, to keep the Vikes out in front. The WolfPack were held to just five second-chance points, while Sinclair was able to test the depth of her roster and the bench delivered 30 points in the game. The Vikes took the game 78-59 to improve to 4-1 in their Canada West record, while the WolfPack fall to 0-3.
“There are things to clean up for tomorrow,” added Sinclair. “There were times that TRU controlled the game and they cut (the deficit) to single digits in the second half and they were starting to go on a run. We have to limit those stretches where they get momentum. Overall, I was happy with our performance.”
The teams will rematch tomorrow, Nov. 10, at 5:00 p.m. in Kamloops, B.C. The game will be available live on pay-per-view at canadawest.tv.
VIC 19 21 18 20 — 78
TRU 20 9 17 13 — 59