The Victoria Vikes will be hosting Trinity-Western Spartans on Friday night in a two-game series. Both teams are currently ridding winning streaks as the Vikes have won their last six games and the Spartans have won their last three games. The Spartans enter Victoria with a 9-5 record in the Canada-West while the Vikes have a record of 10-4. The Vikes have already qualified for the playoffs and the Spartans with a win on Friday or Saturday will make it.
Head to Head matchup–
The Vikes average 69.3 points per a game which is fourth in the Canada-West. The Vikes in scoring are led by their Hamilton duo with fifth-year forward, Jenna Bugiardini and third-year, Amira Giannattasio. Bugiardini leads the team in scoring averaging 15.5 points per a game. She has scored 217 points in 14 games this season. Bugiardini has been clutch at the free-throw line this season, shooting 89.8% from the line. Her 89.8% ranks her third in the Canada-West. Bugiardini had a big night last week against Lethbridge Pronghorns on January 20th; she scored 26 points in the 84-59 win. Giannattasio is second on team in scoring as she averages 13.6 points per a game. She has scored 191 points in 14 games. She has been a three-point specialist all season long as she as connected on 32/74 threes which ranks her fifth in Canada-West. She is shooting 43.2% from three-point land which is third in Canada-West. Giannattasio has been on a tear in the second-half as she has hit double-digits point totals in all but one game. Last week, she had one of the biggest games of her career as she scored 30 points in the win over the Pronghorns on January 20th.
The Spartans average 67.3 points per a game which put them seventh in the Canada-West. The team had a record-setting scoring performance last week against Manitoba Bisons. They scored 93 points in their last game on January 21 which was a school record. Third-year guard, Tessa Ratzlaff has emerged as one of the top players in the conference. She leads the team in scoring where she averages 18.0 points per a game which is second in the Canada-West. She has scored 234 points in 13 games. She currently leads the conference in shooting as she has made 96\ 184 shots. She is also shooting 52.2%. Ratzlaff is coming off a 25-points performance last week against Manitoba Bisons. Third-year guard, Jessie Brown is second on the team in scoring as she averages 14.7 points per a game and has scored 206 points in 14 games. Brown leads the Canada-West in threes made with 41. She is fifth in the conference for 3pt% with 40.6.
The Vikes have struggled in rebounding this season as they are ranked 13th in the Canada-West. They average 37.9 rebounds a game. Bugiardini leads the team in rebounding as she averages 9.1 boards a game which is fourth in Canada-West. She has grabbed 127 rebounds this season which ranks her fifth in the Canada-West. Lastly, she has grabbed 91 defensive rebounds which are fifth in Canada-West.
The Spartans like the Vikes have trouble grabbing rebounds as they average 36.1 rebounds a game, dead-last in Canada-West. The Spartans though have improved in their rebounding game as they grabbed 55 rebounds in their 70-65 win over Bisons last Friday. The 55 rebounds set a new record for the school. Ratzlaff leads the team in rebounding as she averages 7.2 rebounds a game. She has 94 rebounds in total.
The Vikes are tenth in the Canada-West for turnovers as they average 18.8 turnovers. Vikes are fifth in Canada-West for steals per a game with 7.9 per a game. Fifth-year guard, Jenna Krug leads the team in steals as she averages 1.6 per a game and has 22 steals in total.
The Spartans are ranked are sixth in Canada-West for turnovers as they average 18.8 turnovers per a game. The Spartans are eighth in steals per a game as they average 9.4 steals per a game. Fifth-year guard, Natalie Carkner leads the team in steals as she averages 2.2 steals per a game. She is ninth in the Canada-West for steals with 31.
These two games should be great to watch as Spartans’ Tessa Ratzlaff will go head to head against Vikes’ Jenna Bugiardini. The team who wins the rebounding and turnover battle will likely win the two games.