“We moved the ball pretty well, so we were able to make the extra pass to find some shooters and get the best shot that we could,” said Vikes head coach Dani Sinclair. “That led a good balanced attack which is always nice to see.”
In her first game with significant playing time of the season due to injury, third-year Vike Kristy Gallagher was scoring at will. The guard from Victoria led the Vikes with 17 points on six-for-nine shooting from the field while also going three-for-four from beyond the arc.
“She’s put so much time into her game and has worked hard to get herself back to where she’s at and I think everybody is really excited for her to be back playing,” said Sinclair.
Amira Giannattasio added 15 points while shooting 75 per cent from three-point land and Nicole Karstein scored 12 points playing in front of a large Vikes cheering contingent in her home town of Kamloops.
A hot shooting hand got the Vikes out to a lead that they refused to relinquish. 29 points in the first quarter and a further 21 in the second were scored with the team shooting 61.1 per cent from the field, an efficiency rate that Thompson Rivers was unable to keep pace with.
“TRU was packing the paint a little bit so we were open and had to make those shots,” said Sinclair. “Some of that (high shooting percentage) was the result of good ball movement and also people being ready to shoot the ball when they got it.”
The Vikes were also able to use an aggressive defence to spark their offence, scoring 26 points off turnovers in the game.
With the win the Vikes move their record to 5-4 on the season, while Thompson Rivers falls further away from a playoff spot with a record of 2-9.
These same two teams will be back in action tomorrow night in Kamloops in a game scheduled to start at 5 p.m. The game can be seen live on canadawest.tv.
Despite the big win, Sinclair thinks that there are things her team can improve on in the rematch, after being outscored by nine points in the fourth quarter.
“We got off to a pretty good start and were able to control the first three quarters,” said Sinclair. “We kind of let some things get away from us in the fourth and hopefully that’s some motivation going into tomorrow night.”
UVIC: 29-21-17-12: 79
TRU: 17-15-13-21: 66