November 30, 2013, LANGLEY, British Columbia (ISN) – The Trinity Western women’s basketball team once again was step for step with visiting Victoria, but similar to Friday’s contest, the Vikes pulled away over the final 10 minutes to earn a 65-58 win Saturday afternoon at the Langley Events Centre.
After the Spartans outscored Victoria 17-7 in the third quarter to take a 45-44 lead, the Vikes responded in the fourth quarter, outscoring TWU 21-13 to earn their second win over the Spartans in as many nights.
Victoria (7-3) possessed a nine-point halftime lead, but the Spartans (1-9) third quarter put the game back in the balance. However, after the Vikes took a 10-point lead midway through the fourth quarter, 61-51, they never let the Spartans closer than four points the rest of the way.
The Vikes shot 44.6 per cent from the field and was 5 for 15 from 3-point range while TWU shot 36.6 per cent from the field and was 2 for 14 from beyond the arc. Despite the loss, the Spartans did well in the turnover battle, with just 13 turnovers to Victoria’s 20.
For the Spartans, it was Holly Strom (Calgary) leading the way with 21 points and a team-high eight rebounds. Luca Schmidt (Langley) added nine points while Kristin Ford (Okotoks, Alta.) had eight points. First-year Kayla Gordon (Prince George, B.C.) contributed six rebounds and six points.
The Vikes were led by the three-pronged attack of Cassandra Goodis, Jessica Renfrew and Jenna Bugiardini, who each hit double-digits in points. Goodis led the team with 15 points while also collecting a game-high 11 rebounds while Renfrew had 12 points and Bugiardini added 10 points. Sarah Semeniuk had eight boards, seven points and four steals.
The Spartans will resume their Canada West schedule Jan. 10-11 when they will host Manitoba and Winnipeg at the LEC. Trinity Western will host a pair of exhibition games over the Christmas break as it will play Simon Fraser Dec. 30 at 6 p.m. and Thompson Rivers Dec. 31 at 2 p.m.
Victoria will be back on the court for regular season action Jan. 10-11 when it will host Saskatchewan Friday and Alberta Saturday.
“There were some things that we talked about from yesterday’s game that we needed to get batter at and I think we improved in some of those areas,” said Spartans coach Cheryl Jean-Paul. “We reduced our turnovers. We reduced the number of fouls we took. We were phenomenal on the offensive boards (collecting 18). So when I asked for more in some of those areas, I got more. I think our challenge is to really evaluate where good teams are taking advantage of how we play defensively and some of our weak areas offensively and how do we turn those things around.
“I think we are inches away from being able to win some of these games. We have to make sure we’re focused on the progression of our program, the progression of our team and the progression of our athletes.”
The Vikes jumped out to a 14-9 lead early in the first quarter, but a pull-up jumper from Strom launched a TWU run that saw the Spartans eventually take a 21-17 lead. A late 3-pointer from Victoria’s Allison Mulock got the Vikes to within one point, 21-20, at the end of the first quarter.
With the Vikes up 26-25 early in the second quarter, Victoria took off on an 11-0 run, including 3-pointers from Cassandra Goodis and Jenny Lewis to give the visitors a 37-25 lead. A late 3-pointer from TWU’s Strom closed the gap to nine points, 37-28, at halftime.
The difference was largely the Vikes perimetre shooting as Victoria was 4 for 10 from beyond the arc while TWU was 1 for 8.
After getting outscored 17-7 in the second quarter, the Spartans responded as they outscored Victoria 17-7 in the third quarter.
The Spartans scored the first 11 points of the quarter and after a Gordon jumper the Spartans led 39-37. From there it was back and forth and after TWU took a 45-42 lead, a buzzer-beating jumper from Lewis made it a one-point game, 45-44, heading to the final frame.
The Spartans were 8 for 14 from the field in the third quarter while Victoria was held to just 3 for 12 field goal shooting.
Victoria got off to a quick start in the fourth quarter, scoring 12 of the first 15 points and opening a 56-47 lead. A pair of nifty lay-ups from TWU’s Ford made it a 56-51 game with just under five minutes to play, but the Vikes responded with a five straight points to regain their 10-point lead at 61-51. The home side battled down the stretch and got within four points at 62-58 but never closer as the Vikes earned a seven-point win for the second game in a row.
Game Notes: Victoria had a 42-39 edge in rebounds…the Vikes had a 10-7 advantage in steals…TWU was just 4 for 12 from the free throw line while Victoria was 10 for 15.