Slow starts hurt Vikes in loss to Spartans

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VICTORIA – Getting outscored 43-18 in the first and third quarters cost the UVic Vikes women’s basketball team a chance at the win in a 70-63 loss on the road to the Trinity Western Spartans on Nov. 11.

“In the third quarter we started to try to do it all ourselves, took some bad shots and their transition game hurt us,” said Vikes head coach Dani Sinclair.

Fourth-year guard Kristy Gallagher scored a game-high 21 points along with seven rebounds and three assists in the loss. Rookie Ashlyn Day scored eleven points in her 34 minutes on the floor, while Marissa Dheensaw finished the game with eight points, 12 rebounds and four assists.

Tessa Ratzlaff once again led the way for the Spartans, scoring 18 points with Jessie Brown and Kayla Gordon adding 16 and 12 respectively.

The Spartans defence was stifling on the night as they held the Vikes to making just 35 per cent of their shots from the field. Trinity Western also picked up 44 boards compared to 37 for the Vikes.

Trinity Western led the game from wire-to-wire, jumping out to a 20-9 lead by the end of the first quarter. Just like they did one night ago, the Vikes were able to limit the damage in the second frame and battled their way back into the game to trail by nine points at the halftime break.

The Vikes fell behind even further in the third quarter and the deficit proved to be too large to overcome. The Spartans outscored the Vikes 23-11 in the quarter as the Vikes came out of the gates slowly after the halftime break for the second night in a row.

“We got away with it last weekend and that led to false hope, we made a couple furious runs to come out on the winning side but we weren’t able to do that against a strong Trinity team this weekend,” said Sinclair of her team’s inconsistent play. “Hopefully it’s a lesson learned for us. A lot of those habits are developed in practice and we have to be more diligent in practice everyday so that we don’t do this is games, because it’s been a bit of a trend.”

The Vikes did everything they could to get back into the game in the final ten minutes of play, but it was a case of too little too late.

“We tried to make a furious comeback in the fourth quarter but we have to show up for the rest of the game,” said Sinclair.

UVic started the final frame on a 20-5 run but the Spartans defence stepped up down the stretch to hold the Vikes to just two points in the final two and a half minutes to hold on for the win.

After four-straight games on the road, the Vikes will return to the friendly confines of the CARSA Performance Gym next weekend for two games against the Saskatchewan Huskies on Nov. 17 and 18.

SCORING SUMMARY
UVIC: 9-19-11-24: 63
TWU: 20-17-23-10: 70

SCORING LEADERS
UVIC: Kristy Gallagher (21), Ashlyn Day (11), Amira Giannattasio (10)
TWU: Tessa Ratzlaff (18), Jessie Brown (16), Kayla Gordon (16)

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