By Ali Lee, Vikes Communications
November 19, 2013, VICTORIA (ISN) – The University of Victoria Vikes women’s basketball team are currently in the middle of the pack in the Pacific Division of the Canada West. This weekend, Nov. 22-23, Manitoba and Winnipeg, will travel to the island to conclude the Vikes’ home game schedule for 2013. The Vikes and Bisons both hold a 3-3 record, while the Wesmen are currently 4-2.
“This weekend we are hosting two really quick teams,” said Vikes head coach Dani Sinclair. “Both Manitoba and Winnipeg shoot the ball well and have good inside play but we are really coming along defensively given that we have a relatively young group.”
The Vikes’ 13-man roster have seven players in their first and second year, while Allison Mulock is the lone fifth year and Cassandra Goodis, Jessica Renfrew and Sarah Semeniuk are all in their fourth year. The latter three have been pivotal to the Vikes’ success throughout rotating injuries and illnesses that plagued the Vikes throughout the opening six games.
“We have had a lot of good, wide open looks because we have been able to move the ball inside well,” added Sinclair, whose squad currently boasts the top three-point percentage in the conference(.415).
The Vikes are led in scoring by Renfrew, second year Jenna Bugiardini, third year Jenny Lewis and Goodis, who are all averaging in double digits for scoring. Renfrew leads with an average of 14 points-per-game, while Bugiardini has dominated the boards with 38 rebounds in six games. Veteran post Semeniuk has also pulled down 34 boards so far this season, while averaging 7.2 points-per-game.
“[Allison Mulock] is a versatile, experienced player who understands the game and is willing to do whatever it takes,” said Sinclair about the senior forward who was out for the earlier part of the season with a concussion. “With her back on the floor we gain another really good rebounder and shooter.”
Last weekend the Vikes bounced back from three-straight losses to sweep UBC Okanagan thanks to team-high performances from Renfrew. On Nov. 15, Renfrew tallied 19 points in the 89-75 victory and responded with 15 points on Nov. 16 in the 68-45 win.
SCOUTING THE MANITOBA BISONS
2013-14 Current Record: 3-3
2012-13 conference record: 2-20 (7th Prairie, missed playoffs)
Last CW title: N/A
Last CIS title: 1997
Key additions: Claire Harvery, Jenilyn Monton, Christina Posthumus
Key returnees: Sheree Carmona-Galdamez, Samantha Pyke, Stephanie Gill, Robyn Eyer, Christiane Fischer
Key departures: none
Last meeting: Jan. 12, 2013 (W 79-62)
The Bisons return a strong core from last year’s team including captain and fifth year guard Christiane Fische, as well as fourth years Sheree Carmona-Galdamez, Samantha Pyke, Stephanie Gill and Robyn Eyer. Manitoba enter this weekend after suffering two losses to Calgary. Allison Balasko currently leads the team with an average of 11 points-per-game and 6.5 rebounds-per-game. The Bisons found wins this season over UNBC, Mount Royal and Lethbridge and will be looking to improve their current 3-3 record in the Prairie Division.
SCOUTING THE WINNIPEG WESMEN
2013-14 current record: 4-2
2012-13 conference record: 7-15 (6th Prairie, missed playoffs)
Last CW title: N/A
Last CIS title: 1995
Key additions: Tia Ruddock, Skylar Boulanger, Brittania Brown, Kelsey Ngo, Adele Baril
Key returnees: Stephanie Kleysen, Alyssa Grant, Danielle Baril, Megan Noonan, Kerri Kuzbyt, Taylor Thorkelsson,
Key departures: Alex Warburton, Lauren Anderson, Tia Coulter, Yael Kaplan
Last Meeting: Jan. 11, 2013 (W 79-63)
The Wesmen remain under good care as head coach Tanya McKay has returned for her 18th season to guide the Winnipeg squad of two fifth years. The undisputable leader for the current 4-2 team has been and still is Stephanie Kleysen. The fourth-year guard leads the team with an average of 16.2 point-per-game, while second-year guard trails with 15.3. Kleysen and Noonan together have been the scoring leaders in five of the six games played so far. Rounding out the starters for the Wesmen are seniors Alyssa Grant and Danielle Baril, as well as second year Kerri Kuzbyt.
Both games will be played at Victoria’s McKinnon gym and will be broadcast live at http://canadawest.tv .