Vikes fall short to No. 3 Cascades in home opener

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By Ali Lee, Vikes Communications

November 8, 2013, VICTORIA (ISN) – The University of Victoria Vikes women’s basketball team were unable to handle the CIS No. 3-ranked Fraser Valley Cascades, losing out 68-55, on Nov. 8 at McKinnon Gym. The visitors were powered by fourth-year forward Sarah Wiercks who had a 21-point game as the Cascades are now 3-0, while the Vikes fall to a 1-2 record.


Third year Jessica Renfrew did all she could for the home team adding a team-high 18 points and five rebounds, while Jenna Bugiardini chipped in for 13 points. Shaylyn Crisp added 12 points and was seven-for-eight from the line, while the Vikes were held 32 per cent from the field.

The Cascades dominated the paint, scoring 42 from inside the key, while gaining 11 second-chance points and shooting 46 per cent from the field. Wiercks was all over the court going 9-for-13 from the field and adding seven boards. Three other Fraser Valley players hit double digits on the night including Nicole Wiercks, Aieisha Luyken and Courtney Bartel – each with 12 points.

“[Fraser Valley] showed us why they are one of the best teams in the country,” said Dani Sinclair, head coach of the Vikes women. “We made too many mistakes and we can’t spot one of the top teams in the CIS a 10-point lead and expect to come back and win.”

The Cascades came out of the gate without looking back as Luyken added six early points for the visitors in the opening frame. The Vikes were held to six of their 12 first-quarter points coming from the line, while Fraser Valley had a 9-0 run on route to a 22-12 lead entering the second.

In the second quarter Fraser Valley extended their lead by as much as 19. Third-year Vike Crisp hit the home team’s first three with 38 seconds left to go in the second quarter but Kaitlyn Brink came off the bench to add six second-quarter points to lift the Cascades 37-25 entering the half-time break.

In the third quarter the Vikes out-scored the Cascades 13-9 to come within eight points but a fourth-quarter spurt propelled the Cascades to their 68-55 victory. The Vikes were without senior Allison Mulock, as well as five-foot-eleven rookie Mikaela Turik.

The Cascades are now a perfect 3-0 in the Canada West, while the Vikes drop 1-2. Both teams will re-match tomorrow night, Nov. 9, at 5 p.m. Both games will be broadcast with live video and stats at


  • UVIC: 12-13-13-17 : 55
  • UFV: 22-15-9—22 : 68


  • UVIC: Jessica Renfrew (18), Jenna Bugiardini (13), Shaylyn Crisp (12)
  • UFV: Sarah Wiercks (21), Nicole Wiercks (12), Aieisha Luyken (12), Courtney Bartel (12)