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By Ali Lee, Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)

October 27, 2013, VICTORIA (ISN) – The University of Victoria Vikes women’s basketball team took a hard tumble in their final pre-season match against the Brock Badgers on Sunday afternoon at McKinnon Gym, losing the game 71-63 thanks to 25 bench points from the Badgers and 16 points off Vikes turnovers.

The Vikes were on par for most of the game, trailing 56-54 with just under 5 minutes to play, but then watched the Badgers outscore them 15 to 9 the rest of the way to clinch the win.

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UVic’s Cassandra Goodis would help spark the Vikes to an early 8-0 lead over Brock on Sunday afternoon (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

The home team got off to a good start going on an 8-0 streak to open the game. Brock was held off the board for nearly four minutes until a pair of free throws from Andrea Polischuk broke the streak. The Vikes did well earning nine defensive rebounds to Brock’s three in the opening frame. Seven different players put up baskets as the Vikes ended the first frame leading 21-16.

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UVic’s Shaylyn Crisp drives for 2 of her 12 points on the evening during first quarter action Sunday against Brock (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

In the second it was the Badgers who started with a 6-0 streak thanks to some good drives to the net by Santilli. The third-year guard worked well with De Jong to combine for 10 of Brock’s 12 second-quarter points. The Vikes made good on only three attempts but managed to stay within range as the visitors edged the Vikes 28-27. The Brock come back was evident as the Badgers out-scored the Vikes 12-6 in the second.

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Brock’s Kayla Santilli drives past UVic’s Jenna Bugiardini during second half action Sunday. Santilli would finish with 17 points to lead all scorers (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

Following the break the Vikes started to move the ball and take better care of their defensive responsibilities. The Vikes earned eight points from the line as Bugiardini was six-for-six in free throws in the third. The home team continued to win the battle under the boards edging the Badgers 13-7 in rebounds and out-scoring them 17-14 in the third.

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Brock’s Samantha DeJong drives to the hoop for 2 of her 11 points against Victoria (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

In the final frame, Santilli found her stride driving to the hoop and grabbing seven of her 17 game points in the fourth. Rosenkranz used her five-foot-eleven size to her advantage adding six points of her own, while the hot hands of Howlett served two daggering threes to the Vikes who were out-scored 29-19.

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Brock’s Katie Harpur uses some unvconventional defence on UVic’s Mikaela Turik during Sunday’s pre-season action at UVic.  Harpur was not called for a foul on the play (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

Jenna Bugiardini continued her scoring leadership for the Vikes, earning a team-high 15 points and seven boards, while Shaylyn Crisp chipped in with 12 points, seven rebounds and two three-pointers.

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UVic’s Jenna Bugiardini drives hard to the net for 2 of her team high 15 points on the day against Brock (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

The Badgers had a scoring frenzy in the fourth thanks to the hands of third year Kayla Santilli who contributed seven points in the fourth and 17 overall. Second-year guard Dayna Howlett put three shots from beyond the arc to finish the night with 13 points, while Nicole Rosenkranz and Samantha De Jong also hit double digits with 12 and 11 points, respectively.

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UVic guard Jenny Lewis goes up for her shot against a trio of Brock defenders.  Lewis would finish with 8 points on the day (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

“We couldn’t stop the ball and let them have 42 points in the paint,” said Dani Sinclair, Vikes head coach. “They backed us down and we had 22 turnovers to their 11 and that was the difference.”

The Vikes were held to 37.7 per cent from the field throughout the game despite shooting 87.5 per cent from the line. The Badgers were 29.7 per cent from the field in the first half but bounced back to shoot 51.4 per cent in the second and take the game to a final score of 71-63.

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Brock’s hard driving Samantha DeJong was too much to handle for the Vikes at times, finishing with 11 points for the evening (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

The Vikes end their pre-season with a 3-2 record and will now prepare for their opening Canada West games Nov. 1-2 on the road against Brandon and Regina. Watch the games live at http://canadawest.tv

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Brock’s Nicole Rosenkranz would have a solid game, scoring 12 points for the Badgers in their win over UVic (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)


UVIC: 21-6-17-19: 63

BROCK: 16-12-14-29: 71


UVIC: Jenna Bugiardini (15), Shaylyn Crisp (12), Jenny Lewis (8)

BROCK: Kayla Santilli (17), Dayna Howlett (13), Nicole Rosenkranz (12)

Full set of game action images by Christian J. Stewart now available HERE!

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Christian J. Stewart
Christian is a professional photographer and media professional based in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Currently working as the Assistant General Manager for Victoria HarbourCats Baseball Club, a Senior Contributing Editor and photographer at Independent Sports News (ISN) and operating his own freelance photography and media/pr company.