Canada West Communications


University of Victoria Vikes women’s basketball player Amira Giannattasio joins UBC’s Victory Shumbusho as the Canada West first stars of the week for the period ending Sunday, November 4.



  • Fifth-year Vikes basketball guard Amira Giannattasio is the women’s first star after a record-setting game Friday, while UBC soccer forward Victory Shumbusho helped the T-Birds to another CW title
  • Also earning stars this week were: Vasiliki Louka (UNBC – WBB), Emma Parker (WPG – WVB), Triston Matthews (UBCO – MBB), and Narcisse Ambanza (WPG – MBB)

Giannattasio was clutch for the Vikes this weekend, as the fifth-year guard finished the weekend with 60 combined points in a split with UBC. The Hamilton, Ont. product posted 44 points Friday, which is the fourth most all-time in a single CW game.

On the pitch, Shumbusho scored a combined three goals, as UBC claimed the program’s 19th conference title. The Thunderbirds are set to host this weekend’s U SPORTS national championship in Vancouver.

The pair now move forward as the conference nominees for the U SPORTS athletes of the week.

Game log: Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018 – 46 minutes played, 44 points, 5 rebounds, 4 steals and 1 assist in 113-108 loss at UBC (3OT) / Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018 – 35 minutes played, 16 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 1 steal in 72-65 home win over UBC

Despite a loss to UBC on Nov.1, fifth-year Vikes guard Amira Giannattasio’s 44-point effort lifted her in both the school and conference record books. Giannattasio finished the night with 44 points, six rebounds, four steals and put up four three pointers to break a 40-year-old school record for most points scored in a game.

Victoria’s Carol Turney-Loos held the record of 42 points, fifth-highest in the Canada West, from a game in 1978 against Saskatchewan. Giannattasio’s total bumps her into fourth in the conference for most points in a game, with Calgary’s Meagan Koch holding the record with 49 points from a game in 1996.

The Ontario native followed up her Thursday night performance with 16 points, four rebounds, three assists and a steal to help the Vikes defeat the UBC Thunderbirds 72-65 on Saturday.

Victoria travels to take on Thompson Rivers this weekend, with games Friday and Saturday in Kamloops.