Canada West announced today, Feb. 24, third-year University of Victoria Vikes women’s basketball forward Jenna Bugiardini as the conference 2nd Star of the Week after her performances this past weekend.
(ISN) – The Vikes women’s basketball team kept their playoff dreams alive thanks to two double-digit scoring performances from third-year forward Jenna Bugiardini. With a weekend sweep of the Calgary Dinos, the Vikes advance to the Canada West quarter-finals and will play Thompson Rives in a best-of-three series this weekend, February 27-March 1, in Kamloops, B.C.
Bugiardini was the second highest scorer for the Vikes on February 20. The Hamilton, Ont. native put up 21 points despite logging only 20 minutes of playing time due a second-quarter ankle injury. The former CIS All-Rookie returned to the floor in style in the second half helping the Vikes get into the driver’s seat to win Game 1 against the visiting Dinos, 97-73.
In Game 2, on February 21, it seemed that the series was sure to be a split as the Dinos held a 21-point lead midway through the third quarter. The Vikes managed to chip away at Calgary’s lead and momentum started to tilt for the home team. Bugiardini put up 20 points in 28 minutes played and, most importantly, hit the winning jumper to seal the 80-78 win and, ultimately, the weekend sweep.
Swimming champions Fiona Doyle of Calgary and Erika Seltenreich-Hodgson of UBC were Canada West first star and third star of the week, respectively. Fifth year Doyle was named CIS Swimmer of the Year after sweeping the breaskstroke events in the 2015 Speedo CIS Championships hosted at the Saanich Commonwealth Place in Victoria.
The breaststroke specialist from Limerick, Ireland, set a CIS record in the preliminaries with her time of 30.70 in the 50-metre breaststroke Saturday morning, then swam a long-course time of 31.11 for the gold medal in the final. The 50-metre win gave Doyle a sweep of the three breaststroke events when she won the 200m on Friday and the 100m on the opening night of the championships.
Erika Seltenreich-Hodgson was instrumental in the UBC Thunderbirds’ fourth straight national title victory at the 2015 Speedo CIS Swimming Championships. The second-year Arts student won two gold medals, two silvers and a bronze to claim the 20th CIS title school history. Seltenreich-Hodgson won both individual medley events, finishing the 200 IM in 2:13.20 and the 400 IM in 4:44.41. She added a bronze in the 200 backstroke (2:14.85) and two second-place finishes in the relays.