Vikes fall to No. 3 ranked Pandas despite strong second half from Bugiardini

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by James Nielsen

January 11, 2014, VICTORIA (ISN) – The University of Victoria Vikes women’s basketball team played their second game of the weekend, Jan. 11 at McKinnon Gym, falling to the No. 3-ranked Alberta Pandas 64-54 despite a strong second half from Vikes Jenna Bugiardini and Sarah Semeniuk.

BOX SCORE 

Bugiardini rebounded from Friday’s match with a strong outing to lead the Vikes with 20-points and six rebounds through four quarters, while teammate Sarah Semeniuk had a strong second half for her squad, posting 14 points and six rebounds. Jessica Renfrew rounded out the top-3 scorers for the Vikes, putting up eight points in the match.

Led by Kendra Asleson with 19 points and Saskia Van Ginhoven with 13, the Pandas offense was consistent all night, receiving 38 points off the bench compared to the Vikes eight.

The Vikes once again struggled in the offensive zone to start the game, posting just four points in the opening four and a half minutes. Several unsuccessful rushes on both sides of the floor saw both sides combining for 13 turnovers through ten minutes, while Vikes forward Sarah Semeniuk ran into foul trouble for the second-straight match, receiving two personal fouls in the first quarter.

With a 15-8 lead entering the second quarter, the Pandas went back to work on offense, sinking a quick basket to push the lead to nine points early. The Vikes would again struggle in the opening minutes of the second, before Cassandra Goodis earned the Vikes first points off a long three-point shot. The Vikes battled to within four points before the Pandas once again built up a nine-point lead in the match. The Huskies put up a total of 16 points in the second quarter, with the Panda’s Asleson coming off the bench to lead her team in points in the first half with 10.

Trailing by nine points entering the second half of play, the Vikes went on a quick 6-0 run led by Bugiardini who opened up with six points in the first five minutes of play. After sitting the majority of the first half, UVic’s Semeniuk came back into the game to post four points early. Offensively, the Vikes played their best quarter of the weekend, cutting the Pandas lead to a single point midway through the frame. Despite putting up 18 points in the quarter, the Pandas managed to retake a 10-point lead heading into the final frame.

After pushing back to within six points with under three minutes remaining, the Vikes would run into foul trouble that would all but end an attempted comeback, as the Vikes would fall 64-54 to the Pandas and 7-5 on the season. With the win, the Pandas jump to 10-2 in their campaign.

The Vikes will next head out on the road to face the UNBC Timberwolves in back-to-back matches, beginning Jan. 17 in Prince George, B.C. Game time for both matches is set for 6:00 p.m.

SCORING SUMMARY

VIC: 8-13-18-15: 54

ALB: 14-16-19-15: 64

SCORING LEADERS

UVIC: J. Bugiardini (20), S.Semeniuk (14), J.Renfrew (8)

ALB: K. Asleson (19), S. Van Ginhoven (13)