By Ali Lee, Vikes Communications
November 23, 2013, VICTORIA (ISN) – The University of Victoria Vikes women’s basketball team found their scoring touch in the second half to grab a 66-51 win over the Winnipeg Wesmen on Nov. 23 at Ken and Kathy Shields Court in Victoria.
Fourth-year Vike Jessica Renfrew had three of her four three-pointers in the final frame to help Victoria improve to a 5-3 record while the visiting Wesmen fall 4-4.
Renfrew led the Vikes squad with 20 points, two blocks and one steal, while second year Jenna Bugiardini was consistent all game to chip in with 16 points and seven boards. Sarah Semeniuk dominated under the hoop pulling down a game-high 10 rebounds and nine points, while Cassandra Goodis continued her play-making magic with seven assists and seven points.
“Tonight we really played with purpose,” said Vikes head coach Dani Sinclair. “It was a good character win for us to show ourselves how we can play. It was physical out there and we really came out to show some toughness and grit.”
The Wesmen’s big scorers were held off the board for the most of the night as Tia Ruddock led the way with nine points, all from the first quarter. Megan Noonan had eight points, while Stephanie Kleysen had six points and eight rebounds. The Wesmen were 31 per cent from the field but were 9-for-15 from the line.
The Wesmen gained as much as a five point lead in the opening quarter to edge the Vikes 13-10 in the early get-going. Contributions from the entire roster including 11 points from the bench and nine from Ruddock fueled Winnipeg, who shot 40 per cent from the field. The Vikes struggled to get their feet under them making good ononly four attempts of 16 from the field. Bugiardini bounced back from a quiet Friday night of scoring to lead the team with eight points in the first quarter.
The Vikes let the Wesmen get away early in the second trailing by as much as nine after Kerri Kuzbyt put away her first attempt from distance. Victoria was held off the board for the opening three and a half minutes until Shaylyn Crisp‘s drive through the key got the home team rolling.
Much improved rebounding was the key to the Vikes’ success as they climbed their way back to gain a 29-26 lead entering half time. Following a defensive rebound accurate passing from end-to-end between Goodis, Renfrew and finally to Bugiardini started the Vikes towards a 6-0 run. A few shots from the foul line and tough work under the hoop gave the Vikes the opportunity to out-score the Wesmen 19-13 in the second.
Winnipeg needed six of their 13 points to come from free throws and finished the half with nine turn overs to Victoria’s six.
The Vikes offence went to work in the third quarter thanks to a 13-0 run that was comprised of three back-to-back shots from beyond the arc. Renfrew had a seven-point quarter for the Vikes who dominated to out-score the Wesmen 24-11. Goodis had four assists in the third frame for the home team who held Winnipeg to 28 per cent from the field.
The Wesmen trailed by as much as 18 as the Vikes entered the final quarter with a 53-37 advantage.
Renfrew put the Vikes on her back and drained three fourth-quarter shots from beyond the arc as the home side went on to take a convincing 66-51 win over Winnipeg. With the win the Vikes improve their record to 6-3 while the Wesmen now fall 4-4.
“Winnipeg is a good team and we held them to only three offensive boards in the second half,” added a pleased Sinclair. “Everyone took care of their man so I am proud of the effort tonight.”
Up next the Vikes the Vikes will travel to face the Trinity Western Spartans for a pair of games, Nov. 29-30, while Winnipeg will visit Alberta to close out the 2013 portion of the season.
UVIC: 10-19-24-13: 66
WPG: 13-13-11-14: 51