By Ali Lee, Vikes Communications
March 15, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – The University of Victoria Vikes women’s basketball team may have had their season ended shorter than they had hoped but their efforts did not go unnoticed.
First year Hamilton, Ont. Native Jenna Bugiardini was named to the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) All-Rookie team. The nod comes after Bugiardini was named the 2013 Canada West Rookie of the Year.
This season, the Vikes finished third in the Pacific Division with a 16-6 record and lost in the conference quarter-finals to Regina. The Vikes bounced back from an 8-10 record in 2011-12.
Bugiardini started 21 of 24 games and was the only change to the Vikes’ starting line up from last year. The first-year was fifth in team scoring, averaging 5.6 points per game. The five-foot-eleven forward was consistent all year and put on an outstanding scoring showcase on Feb. 9 with a season-high 20 points over the Mount Royal Cougars. Bugiardini finished the season with 138 points, 27 assists and 18 steals. The Hamilton, Ontario native averages 37 per cent from the field in scoring and pulled down an average of 4.2 rebounds per game.
“What she does doesn’t always show up on the stats but she does all the little things and gets the little hustle plays,” said Vikes associate coach Dani Sinclair, whose 2012-13 team improved big from last year’s 8-10 record with the addition of Bugiardini to the starting five. “As a first year player, she was tasked guarding some of the other team’s top forwards and one of the best ways to stop someone is not let them catch the ball and she understood how to do that. She is a very smart player and comes from a background of winning.”
2012-2013 CIS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL AWARDS & ALL-CANADIANS
Nan Copp Award (player of the year): Justine Colley, Saint Mary’s
Defensive player of the year: Miah-Marie Langlois, Windsor
Kathy Shields Award (rookie of the year): Mariam Sylla, McGill
Peter Ennis Award (coach of the year): Scott Munro, Saint Mary’s
Sylvia Sweeney Award (basketball, academics & community service): Alexa McCarthy, Fraser Valley
Tracy MacLeod Award: Amber Hillis, Wilfrid Laurier