VICTORIA—The UVic Vikes acquitted themselves extremely well in a tournament against some of the top teams in Canada this past weekend.

A close opening night loss to the host Ryerson Rams was followed by two convincing victories over the Western Mustangs and Cape Breton Capers.

The Vikes were right with the Rams until the very end of the game. A field goal from Ryerson with 44 seconds left gave them the 73-70 victory. Amira Giannattasio and Nicole Karstein led the Vikes in scoring with 17 and 15 points respectively. UVic outscored Ryerson in the paint, on the fast break and in second chance points but were unable to come back from a nine-point deficit at the half.

In their second game of the tournament the Vikes dominated the Mustangs. Victoria never trailed in the contest, en route to a 60-43 victory. Karstein and Jenna Bugiardini were the two top scorers for the Vikes, but the win was a full team effort. 12 different Vikes scored in the contest and ten players were on the court for double-digit minutes.

That dominance continued into the fifth-place game where the Vikes defeated the Capers 63-55. Fifth-year Vike Bugiardini scored a game-high 19 points while Giannattasio and Jenna Krug each put up ten points. The game was another opportunity for Vikes head coach Dani Sinclair to get multiple players lots of time on the court with only Krug playing more than 30 minutes in the contest. The Vikes trailed for just one minute during the game.

The Vikes rebounded well from their tough opening night loss to win back-to-back games against strong opposition. Most of the teams that attended  the tournament are considered frontrunners to make the journey to Victoria on March 9 to compete in the national championship.

The Vikes are back in action on October 27 when they play the University of Alberta Pandas in the opening game of the Canada West Tournament. The tournament takes place in Victoria at the CARSA Performance Gym from October 27-29.

Scoring Summary:

UVic: 14-17-22-17: 70
Ryerson: 20-20-17-16: 73

UVic: 25-12-11-15: 60
Western: 7-14-7-15: 43

UVic: 24-10-16-13: 63
Cape Breton: 11-11-16-17: 55

Scoring Leaders:

UVic: Amira Giannattasio (17), Nicole Karstein (15), Jenna Bugiardini (14)
Ryerson: Sofia Paska (22), Kellie Ring (15), Emma Fraser (12)

UVic: Nicole Karstein (12), Jenna Bugiardini (9), Amira Giannattasio (8)
Western: Mackenzie Puklicz (10), Julia Curran (9), Megan Goar (8)

UVic: Jenna Bugiardini (19), Amira Giannattasio (10), Jenna Krug (10)
Cape Breton: Colleen Keane (12), Alison Keough (12), Natasha Roach (8)