Bugiardini takes command as Vikes drop visiting Pronghorns

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By Elizabeth Chan

(ISN) – VICTORIA, B.C. – For the third-straight game third-year forward Jenna Bugiardini scored double digits to help the University of Victoria Vikes women’s basketball team drop the Lethbridge Pronghorns, 86-61, on Jan. 30 at McKinnon Gym. The win lifts the Vikes to an 8-7 record while the Pronghorns fall to a 4-11 record.

Bugiardini topped the scoreboard with a game-high 27 points and eight rebounds. Fifth year Jessica Renfrew and rookie Amira Giannattasio each logged 16 points in the team’s eighth win of the season. Renfrew was two-for-two from distance and also had five rebounds, while Giannattasio was four-for-five from three point land. Jenna Krug contributed with 10 points while Cassandra Goodis had seven rebounds and five assists.

The Pronghorns relied on third-year guard Allexia Barros and senior forward Kim Veldman who each logged 16 points. Veldman was the lone double-double holder for the Pronghorns, also posting 10 rebounds.

The Vikes had hot hands right from tip off, with Bugiardini opening the scores early with a three-point shot. The Pronghorns struggled to find room for basket opportunities from a gritty defensive Vikes squad, who then went on a 9-0 run from back-to-back treys from Renfrew and Goodis. At the end of the first quarter, the Vikes had a double-digit lead of 22-12.

Lethbridge showed found their offensive strides in the early minutes of the second quarter with Barros hitting hard to finish with 12 points at the half. Scoring efforts from Victoria’s Jenna Krug and Bugiardini helped the Vikes climb to a 45-26 lead at halftime.

It was an action-packed third quarter as Lethbridge continued their offensive. Barros relentless when at the Vikes, scoring six-straight points for the visitors, who found it difficult to keep up with the Vikes’ 70 per cent shooting from beyond the arc. A more aggressive attitude from Pronghorns duo Veldman and Barros allowed the visitors to get within four, trailing 29-25 entering the fourth.

In the final quarter, the Pronghorns held the Vikes to just 12 points, while totaling 10 of their own. The Vikes came away with a 86-61 victory for their first home game.

Both teams return to McKinnon Gym tomorrow, Jan. 31, at 5 p.m. PST, with live broadcasting available at canadawest.tv.

SCORING SUMMARY
UVIC: 22-23-29-12: 86
LETH: 12-14-25-10:61

SCORING LEADERS:
UVIC: Jenna Bugiardini (27), Amira Giannattasio (16), Jessica Renfrew (16), Jenna Krug (10)
LETH: Allexia Barros (16), Kim Veldman (16)