Vikes go cold, drop first game of quarter-finals in Calgary

VICTORIA – For the last three months it hasn’t mattered what happens on the court, the UVic Vikes women’s basketball team has always found a way to win, whether that was mounting a large comeback or leading from start to finish, during a 13-game winning streak.

That magic ran out in a big way in Calgary, AB on Feb. 16, as the Vikes were unable to muster much in the way of offence or defence in a 105-49 loss to the Calgary Dinos

“They have put up scores like that this year and we knew they were capable of that if you let them score in transition and grab offensive rebounds,” said Vikes head coach Dani Sinclair. “We kind of played into their strengths and it definitely wasn’t the night we were looking for, but the score tonight doesn’t change our chances of winning tomorrow night at all.”

The loss puts the Vikes season in peril. After losing the first game in their best-of-three Canada West quarter-final series with the Dinos, they will need to rebound in a big way tomorrow evening if they wish to avoid being eliminated this weekend.

Not much of anything went right on the night from a Vikes perspective.

The team went just 17-of-66 from the floor, en route to scoring a season-low 49 points. On the other end of the court, the Dinos were absolutely on fire all game long, hitting nearly 60 per cent of their shots and ending the night with just one of their nine scorers shooting less than 50 per cent from the field.

The Dinos high-pressure defence forced the Vikes into committing 22 turnovers on the night, while the Albertan squad also held a huge advantage on the boards, collecting 20 more rebounds than the Vikes.

Brianna Ghali and Erin McIntosh led the way for the Dinos, scoring 24 points apiece. McIntosh, a third-year guard, hit every shot she attempted on the night, going eight-of-eight from the field, four-of-four from beyond the arc and four-of-four from the free throw line.

Shannon Hatch, Bobbi-Jo Colbourn and Liene Stalidzane also put up double-digits in the game, scoring 14, 12 and 10 points respectively.

Rookie Ashlyn Day was the top Vike in the game, scoring 16 points and adding four rebounds. Haily WeaverKatie Langdon and Amira Giannattasio added six points each in the loss.

It will be a quick turnaround for the Vikes, they will need to regroup quickly ahead of a must-win game two in the series that is scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 16 at 4 pm.

“We have to defend better, take care of the ball and rebound,” said Sinclair. “It’s pretty basic stuff but they make it hard to do those things. Those are going to be the categories that we have to change.”

If the Vikes are able to claim victory tomorrow, the third and deciding game of the series will get underway, Feb. 18 at noon.

VIC: 10-12-15-12: 49
CGY: 25-26-31-23: 105

VIC: Ashlyn Day (16), Haily Weaver (6), Katie Langdon (6)
CGY: Brianna Ghali (24), Erin McIntosh (24), Shannon Hatch (14)

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