Vikes hope that home court will be key in a pair of games against Calgary
Tale of the Weekend
The Vikes women’s basketball team returns to the CARSA Performance Gym for their first home games of the season against the Calgary Dinos on November 11 and 12.
Tip off is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. on the 11 and 5:00 p.m. on the 12.
Ranked No. 10 in the country, the Vikes will be looking for better results than they achieved against the Dinos last season. In the two games the teams played in Victoria, Calgary won by scores of 81-72 and 81-74.
Last Time Out
The Vikes were in tough out on the road in Saskatchewan for their first two games of the 2016-17 season. Slow starts doomed the Vikes in back-to-back losses to the No. 1 Regina Cougars.
“We need to get back to playing with some energy and confidence. Being at home will help with that,” said Vikes head coach Dani Sinclair.
Calgary is tied for first place in the Canada West conference after opening their season a perfect 2-0.
The Dinos defeated the University of Manitoba by scores of 76-62 and 66-38
By the Numbers
16.5: The number of points Brianna Ghali is scoring per game to lead the Dinos.
10: The Vikes retained their No. 10 ranking in the nation despite starting the season with two losses, a testament to their impressive pre-season.
Dani Sinclair, Vikes head coach
“Getting back to playing good defence will be key. When we had success in the pre-season we were defending well, and we didn’t do that last weekend. Establishing ourselves defensively and getting energy from that end of the floor will help.”
“We typically have confidence when playing at home. We want to develop a level of toughness, so there’s been a focus on playing well on the road. We need to play well on our home court too, and getting off to a good start will be important to us.”
Friday, Nov. 11 – 6:00 p.m. – vs. Calgary Dinos @ CARSA Performance Gym, Victoria, B.C. –
Saturday, Nov. 12 – 5:00 p.m. – vs. Calgary Dinos @ CARSA Performance Gym, Victoria, B.C. –
Calgary Dinos (2-0)
CIS National Ranking: N/A
Canada West Standings: t-1
Last Week: 2-0
Streak: W 2
Last Canada West Title: 1990-91
Last CIS Title: 1988-89
Vikes host No. 4 Dinos in first home games of the season
Tale of the Weekend
The University of Victoria Vikes men’s basketball team is set for their regular season home openers this weekend, Nov. 11-12, against the visiting Calgary Dinos.
The game on the 11th is scheduled to start at 8:00 p.m., while the second game of the weekend will begin at 7:00 p.m.
The last time the Vikes met the Dinos just three points separated the teams over two games. UVic picked up a 72-71 victory before falling 79-75 on the second night.
The game that Calgary lost in Victoria was one of just three defeats they suffered en route to a fifth Canada West title in school history.
The Dinos made it all the way to the national championship game where they were defeated by the Carleton Ravens.
Last Time Out
Both of the teams split their opening games of the 2016-17 Canada West season.
The Vikes stormed into Saskatchewan and picked up a 95-77 victory over the Regina Cougars in their season opener. The Cougars then rebounded to drop the Vikes 77-57 on the second night.
“If you want to win two games in Canada West you have to be pretty hard and determined,” said Vikes head coach Craig Beaucamp. “The second night in Regina we just didn’t have the same bite that we did the first night.”
The Dinos opened their season with a close 85-81 loss to the University of Manitoba and then came back strong to defeat Manitoba 102-77 in their second game.
By the Numbers
4: The ranking of the Dinos in the latest U Sports national top ten poll.
57: The number of points last season’s Canada West MVP Thomas Cooper has scored in the Dinos first two games of the season.
9.5: The number of rebounds per game third-year Vike Jake Newman has recorded this season, good enough for third in the conference.
Craig Beaucamp, Vikes head coach
“We have to pay attention to a couple of their guys but we really just have to do what we do and continue to work hard to develop our basketball team. It’s still early in the year but this will be another good test to see where we are at.”
On the perks of playing at home
“It just provides a little bit of extra motivation, some push behind you. It’s never easy to travel in Canada West so we have to take advantage of that when we are at home.”
Friday, Nov. 11 – 8:00 p.m. – vs. Calgary Dinos @ CARSA Performance Gym, Victoria, B.C. –
Saturday, Nov. 12 – 7:00 p.m. – vs. Calgary Dinos @ CARSA Performance Gym, Victoria, B.C. –
Calgary Dinos (1-1)
CIS National Ranking: 4
Canada West Standings: t-5
Last Week: 1-1
Streak: W 1
Last Canada West Title: 2015-16
Last CIS Title: N/A
Experience the focus as young Vikes travel to national championships
The UVic Women’s cross-country team will travel to Quebec City, to compete in the U Sports Cross-Country National Championships on November 12. Four of the seven members of the Vikes making the trip are in their first year of eligibility at the university level.
“We do have a young team and we’ve been so pleased with how they’ve been responding to training, so for them this event is just icing on the cake in terms of working so hard and getting used to the program,” said Vikes assistant coach Hilary Stellingwerff. “Now they need to capitalize on that, be tough and get out there.”
About the Event
The Vikes performed well to finish seventh in the country at nationals last season and although the roster is younger, they enter the weekend ranked in that same No. 7 spot.
“We need to be looking at getting some really good experience for our young team and then coming back next year with the goal of being on the podium,” said Vikes head coach Brent Fougner.
Scouting the Course
The race will take place on the Plains of Abraham near downtown Quebec City. As with any event taking place outdoors in the middle of November, the conditions are expected to be unpredictable.
“I’m excited about going to a course like this. It will really separate the fit from the unfit,” said Fougner. “The conditions can be anything from a beautiful sunny day to windy and snowy and we have been there for all those.”
Having already raced in some less than optimal weather throughout the season, the Vikes will be ready to deal with anything.
“We have already raced in some very sloppy conditions this year and that has created some resiliency in our team. A sunny day with a flat course is a bonus,” said Stellingwerff.
Brent Fougner, Vikes head coach
“They are all going to have to run extremely well to get into the top five but sometimes with rookies they step up when you least expect them to. It’s exciting to take such a young group.”
On Chloe Hegland, who has been the top Vikes finisher at two of their three meets this season.
“Chloe has been very consistent in her racing. She’s probably in the best fitness in her three years that she’s been here. Her fitness will really help her lead the team this weekend. Both her and Rachel Francois have the potential to be All-Canadians.”
“Leadership from Chloe will carry through to the younger girls who will know that she is up there doing her job.”
The whole season has been building to this one event for the Vikes men’s cross-country team. A trip across the country to Quebec City, QC, will see the Vikes compete in the U Sports cross-country national championships on November 12.
“I think we are in a really good spot coming into the weekend. Luckily we haven’t raced too often so we’ve been able to focus on these championships,” said Vikes assistant coach Hilary Stellingwerff. “Everybody is looking great and peaking at the right time so we’re pretty excited.”
The Vikes come into the event ranked No. 2 in the latest U Sports top ten polls. A victory at the B.C. Provincial Championships over all the other B.C. universities, including No. 4 Trinity Western, was their most recent outing.
The 53rd edition of the U Sports Cross-Country National Championships offers the Vikes the opportunity to not only defend the title that they won last year but also to claim the sixth title in the program’s history.
The makeup of this iteration of the Vikes is different from years past, while they may not have multiple athletes in the top pack there is very little drop off throughout their roster.
“Our next four athletes are going to be closer to our top group so we have a deeper team this year,” said Fougner. “We may not have the guys at the top end of the field but we are a deeper team and sometimes that’s more important.”
The race will take place on the Plains of Abraham, located near the middle of Quebec City. The course has a downhill start and a steep uphill climb near the end of the race to get back onto the plateau where the finish line is located.
“It is a challenging course so fitness will be important this weekend,” said Vikes head coach Brent Fougner.” I think we are more fit than we were last year.”
Brent Fougner, Vikes head coach
“The pressure is on the home team, (Laval University) because they are ranked number one. Being out west we never get the recognition leading into the championship no matter how good we are. We always seem to come in as underdogs.”
On Shoayb Bascal, who led the Vikes with a fourth place finish at provincials
“Shoayb will be going out with the lead group. He’s definitely got a green light to go and I think he’s capable of coming away from nationals as an All-Canadian if not with a medal. He’s certainly beaten some very good guys this year and is the guy we are looking to lead us out there.”
Shoayb Bascal, Fifth-year Vike
“We are really excited to be racing this weekend and have the chance to defend our national title, the guys look really good right now, everyone is really fit. I feel very confident individually as well. I am going to try my hardest to do what it takes to help the team win another national championship.”