VICTORIA – For the second weekend in a row the UVic Vikes women’s basketball team will travel to the interior of B.C. when they play the UBC Okanagan Heat on January 13 and 14 in Kelowna.
Hoping this weekend will prove to be as fruitful as their previous time spent in the Okanagan, the Vikes will take to the court at 6 pm on Friday 13, and at 5 pm on Saturday 14.
These are two teams trying to gain ground in the Canada West conference.
The Vikes hold a record of 6-4 and are fighting their way back to the top after a difficult first half schedule that saw them play four games against teams currently in the top four in the conference.
The Heat meanwhile, have a record of 2-10 and are currently four points behind the 12th and final playoff spot.
It’s not often that the Vikes and Heat match up in Canada West play. The last such meetings came in 2013, with the Vikes winning two in a row in Kelowna.
Last Time Out
It was a strong start to 2017 for UVic last weekend. The team picked up two wins on the road, defeating the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack by scores of 79-66 and 80-70.
Third-year guard Kristy Gallagher led the Vikes in scoring on the weekend, picking up 32 points between the two contests. Gallagher was a force to be reckoned with off the bench, showing little rust in her first meaningful action of the season after missing most of the first half due to injury.
Gallagher was named the Muscle MLK™ Vikes Female Athlete of the Week for her strong performances.
UBCO struggled in their first games of the calendar year. The Heat lost 76-38 and 80-60 to the University of Regina Cougars, who are currently No. 3 in the U Sports national rankings.
By the Numbers
5: The number of games in a row the Heat have lost coming into the weekend.
40.4: The three-point shooting percentage of Amira Giannattasio, fourth best in the conference.
8: Dating back to the 2011-12 season the Vikes are a perfect 8-0 in games against the Heat
Dani Sinclair, Vikes head coach
On starting the season with 9 of 12 games on the road.
“They’ve approached it in a good way. We wanted to make a concerted effort to be better on the road, taking that professional approach to prepare and get into good routines. I’ve been fairly happy with how we’ve dealt with that.”
On the play of third-year Vike Kristy Gallagher
“It’s huge in a lot of ways. Big because of what she can do on her own, she’s very talented offensively. It opens things up for other people too. She’s one more threat for us and that takes a little bit of stress off our other guards and even our forwards. It’s great to have her back and she’s a great teammate too, she puts other people and the team first.”
Friday, Jan. 13 – 6:00 p.m. – @ UBCO Heat, Kelowna, B.C. –
Watch live on canadawest.tv
Saturday, Jan. 14 – 5:00 p.m. – @ UBCO Heat, Kelowna, B.C. –
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UBCO Heat (2-10)
U Sports National Ranking: N/A
Canada West Standings: 15
Last Week: 0-2
Streak: L 5
Last Canada West Title: N/A
Last CIS Title: N/A