Posted on: January 6, 2018
The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack held the University of Victoria Vikes in check for three quarters but couldn’t pull it out in Canada West women’s basketball action on Saturday (Jan 6).
The WolfPack fell to the hometown Vikes 83-64 to drop both ends of their roadswing to Vancouver Island.
TRU was down 27-21 after the first quarter but outscored the VIkes 18-14 in the second to go into the half by two (41-39).
Shenise Sigsworth had a career game for the WolfPack scoring 20 points and adding 10 rebounds. Emma Piggin was the only other TRU player in double figure. The fourth year guard had 11. Kristy Gallagher led Victoria with 26 points while Ashlyn Day added 16. Amira Giannattasio had 13 points as well for Victoria.
“More of a grind was to be expected,” said Vikes head coach Dani Sinclair. “They are a tough team and have a fifth-year forward (Shenise Sigsworth), who plays like a fifth-year kid. They didn’t back down and put our backs against the wall a bunch of times.”
The win was the fourth straight in Canada West play for a Vikes team that improves to 8-4 with the victory. The WolfPack meanwhile, have now lost three of their last four games to fall to 7-7 on the season.
“We battled hard but we were in foul trouble,” said WolfPack head coach Scott Reeves. “Our matchups weren’t good and I knew we were going to have a tough second half. UVic is very good at home and they had so many kids contribute all weekend, which is obviously good from their standpoint but led a tough weekend for us.”
In a game that was a lot closer than the final score indicates, one of the main differences was the Vikes ability to force the ‘Pack into committing 20 turnovers on the night. Despite missing defensive stalwart Marissa Dheensaw due to injury, Victoria recorded ten steals in the game.
The lead changed hands seven times in the game with the Vikes holding the lead for 33:05 minutes, leading by 19 at one time during the fourth.
Shenise Sigsworth: 20 points, 10 rebounds (8 offense), 2 assists: 39 mins
Emma Piggin: 11 points, 4 rebounds (3 def) 3 assists, 2 steals: 25 mins
Michelle Bos: 9 points, 3 rebounds (2 def), 2 assists: 16 mins
Kristy Gallagher: 26 points, 7 rebounds (6 def), 2 assists, 1 block, 1 steal : 37 mins
Ashlyn Day: 16 points, 9 rebounds (7 def), 4 assists: 30 mins
Amira Giannattasio: 13 points, 4 defensive rebounds, 3 steals: 26 mins
SCORE BY PERIODS:
UVIC: 27 14 18 24 -83
TRU: 21 18 15 10 -64
POINTS IN THE PAINT:
UVIC: 48 TRU 34
POINTS OFF TURNOVERS:
UVIC: 22 TRU 7
TRU 7-7 UVIC: 8-4
TRU head coach Scott Reeves:
On the Contest: “I thought we competed better tonight than we did last night. We had some foul trouble which didn’t help. Our matchups weren’t there in the second half. Victoria is a very good team and strong at home. They shot the ball well, defended hard and deserved to win both games.”
The WolfPack returns home to face the University of Fraser Valley Cascades for a pair of games on January 12-13th. Both will be played on the Warner Rentals Court at the Tournament Capital Centre.
“We have to rebound and guard bigs better,” said Reeves on what his team needs to improve on. “We are going to have people playing out of position and we will just have to find ways to win.
Friday night’s game (Jan 12), will be the 97.5River “Free flow free throw” competition. That has a 6 pm start time. The Saturday encounter has a 5 pm tip off. Victoria is on the road next weekend in Manitoba
The above games can be seen on a pay per view basis on www.Canadawest.tv.com .
(with assistance from University of Victoria Sports Information)