by Ali Lee, Vikes Communications
February 8, 2014, VICTORIA (ISN) – The University of Victoria Vikes women’s basketball team were forced to swallow a split weekend after the visiting Thompson Rivers WolfPack battled hard for a 84-82 win at McKinnon Gym on Feb. 8. The Vikes now drop 14-6, while the WolfPack improve 11-9 in the Pacific Division of the Canada West.
Jenna Bugiardini and Sarah Semeniuk each put up a 20-point game on the night, while Semeniuk was the lone Vike to get the double-double that included 10 rebounds. Third-year guard Shaylyn Crisp put up two outside shots to end the night with 14 points in 36 minutes played, while the Vikes shot 46 per cent throughout the night.
For Thompson Rivers it was inevitably Salmon Arm, B.C. native Jorri Duxbury who put the WolfPack on her shoulders playing all 40 minutes and logging 24 points and draining three of five attempts from beyond the arc. The height of post Kassie Colonna was too much for the Vikes as the Kamloops native added 17 points. Third-year guardTaiysa Worsfeld hit four three pointers to end the night with 18 points.
It was bucket-for-bucket in the opening half that started off with a Cassandra Goodis three-pointer. Fourth-year guard Duxbury found her stride early draining nine points in the opening frame and was perfect from the line all four attempts. For the Vikes, good transition play freed up several opportunities in the paint, while disciplined defence allowed only two points to be given up on turnovers. The Vikes held a 24-18 edge after first-quarter play.
In the second it was Thompson Rivers that had the hot hands including Worsfeld’s who was held quiet the previous night but drained three long-range buckets for nine first-half points. Duxbury continued to cause damage, never stepping off the court for a rest, and finished the half with 14 points. The Vikes had three players in double digits after the first 20 minutes including Bugiardini and Crisp, each with 11. In total the Vikes boasted 18 points in the paint, while the WolfPack were 88 per cent from the line.
At the half the home team held a 45-40 lead after a wave of Thompson Rivers attack that was countered well by some good inside play by the Vikes.
A feisty WolfPack capitalized on an unenergetic third-quarter performance by the Vikes tying the game 57-57 after a 6-0 run mid-way through the frame. Duxbury, still yet to sub, was all over the floor to contribute from short and long range, while third year Sarah Malate put three big shots to end the quarter with seven points.
Fourth-year guard Rae-Maryse Laljee made the Vikes pay, picking their pocket on a few possessions to cruise to the basket for a few easy layups and keep visitors down by only one, 60-59, in the third.
The WolfPack pushed forward again with a 5-0 run but with 15 seconds left in the third, fourth-year Jessica Renfrew drained a three at the buzzer to lift the home team 63-62 entering the fourth.
The Vikes showed patches of frustration, turning over the ball under pressure and unable to convert on their offensive plays. Renfrew cashed in on a second timely three to bring Victoria up 70-66 but a painful 7-0 run led by Worsfeld brought the visitors in the lead again, this time by three.
With a minute thirty on the clock, Goodis gambled to steal the ball from Sydney Williams, but the rookie hung on and sunk her third three-pointer of the night to keep the WolfPack up by five. The Vikes were unsuccessful on their remaining possessions, while Thompson Rivers were rewarded for their discipline on the floor, winning 84-82 to improve 11-9 in the Canada West. The Vikes drop to a 14-6 record and will look to regroup before their home-and-home series with UBC next weekend, Feb. 14-15, to close out the regular season.
The Feb. 14 game will also be the Vikes’ annual Shoot for the Cure game in support of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, while UVic will also honour their graduating players in their final regular season home game. The games will be broadcast live at canadawest.tv.
TRU: 18-22-22-22 : 84
VIC: 24-21-18-19 : 82
TRU: Jorri Duxbury (24), Taiysa Worsfeld (18), Kassie Colonna (17)
VIC: Jenna Bugiardini (20), Sarah Semeniuk (20), Shaylyn Crisp (14)