VICTORIA – Amira Giannattasio poured in 25 points to help the University of Victoria Vikes charge to an 85-72 victory over the Windsor Lancers.
“I’m really happy with the way our girls played, they smart and they played really well together,” Sinclair said. “I thought offensively we moved the ball well and we were really active defensively,” said Vikes head coach Dani Sinclair post-game.
Jenna Bugiardini added 21 points while Jenna Krug put up 17. It was a night that saw UVic’s veterans play heavy minutes, although Sinclair was impressed with the play of all of her players on Friday night.
“We have players who, when you look at the score sheet they might just be playing six, four, nine minutes but those are really important minutes for us to give other girls breaks,” said Sinclair.
All five Vikes starters played over 20 minutes, led by Bugiardini with 38. The veteran Vike finished with a double-double thanks to 12 rebounds and 21 points. Nicole Karstein was also tough on the boards, registering eight rebounds while adding 10 points.
Victoria consistently shot over 50% from the field on Friday, starting 56.67% in the first half and 56.25% in the second half. The Lancers hit 40% in the first half and 36% in the second.
“We were really worried about how we were going to defend their size,” said Sinclair. “By committee we did a good job. Our bigs did a good job and our perimeter did a good job. Great team effort.”
Windsor finished with 18 turnovers on the night, which translated directly into 19 points for the Vikes. In a game that saw the lead change seven times, the Vikes were able to keep their cool and continue to exploit the Lancers deep into the fourth quarter to pull away.
“We’ve seen the opposite sometimes where it’s a tight game and then the other team pulls away,” said Sinclair. “That was the story last year against top teams so it was really nice to see us be the ones to come away with that this time.
“We keep talking about it being about the process and that’s a big part of the process for us is being able to overcome that.”
Victoria will be back on the court next weekend for a tournament at Ryerson before returning home for the Canada West Tournament at home in late October.
UVIC: 21-21-15-28: 85
WINDSOR: 22-15-21-14: 72
UVIC: A. Giannattasio (25), J. Bugiardini (21), J. Krug (17)
WINDSOR: C. Longmuir (14), E. Prevost (12), C. Roger (10)