The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack opened the 2017 portion of their Canada West season with a rather disappointing result. They fell to the visiting University of Victoria Vikes 79-66 on the Warner Rentals Court at the Tournament Capital Centre on Friday (Jan 6).
The WolfPack fall to 2-9 while Victoria moves to 5-4 on the year. The Vikes snapped a two game losing streak while TRU has dropped its last three starts.
The WolfPack were down 29-17 after the first quarter and despite outscoring the Vikes 21-12 in the fourth quarter, couldn't recover.
TRU turned the ball over 26 times compared to Victoria's 22. The Vikes were up 50-32 at the half. Leading the way offensively for Victoria was Kristy Gallagher (3rd year, guard, Sidney, BC) with 17 points. Amira Giannattasio (3rd year, guard, Hamilton, ON) added 15 points while Nicole Karstein (4th year, forward, Kamloops, BC) added 12 points.
Karstein's high school teammate at Sa-hali Secondary: Shenise Sigsworth (4th year, forward, Kamloops, BC) led the way for TRU with 21 points and 10 rebounds.
Shenise Sigsworth: 21 points, 10 rebounds (7 on defense), 3 assists, 2 steals in 27 minutes
Chelsey Hoey: 10 points, 3 rebounds (2 on offense), 2 steals in 21 minutes
Emma Piggin: 9 points, 3 rebounds (all on defense), 11 turnovers in 30 minutes.
Maddie Neumann: 6 points, 1 assist, 1 rebound in 11 minutes.
Kristy Gallagher: 17 points, 1 assist, 1 steal in 19 minutes
Amira Giannattasio: 15 points, 1 steal 14 minutes
Nicole Karstein: 12 points (6-6 FG-FGA) , 5 rebounds (4 on defense), 1 assist in 22 minutes
Jenna Bugiardini: 11 points, 5 rebounds (4 on defense), 2 assists in 20 minutes
Victoria 22 TRU 26
SCORING BY PERIOD:
Victoria 29 21 17 12 79
TRU 17 15 12 21 66
TRU 2-9 Victoria 5-4
TRU assistant coach Chuck Ferguson:
On struggles in the first quarter:
"We didn't come ready to play defense. That was pretty clear. We weren't hard on the glass and they were. They were very good in the post all the way around. Karstein shot the ball very well she was six for six. We turned the ball over 26 times. Those kind of statistics don't tend to lead to a win or even a good performance."
On Shenise Sigsworth:
"Great job for Shen tonight. 20 and 10. I don't think she has ever had a 'double double' for her since she came to TRU. She was certainly on point tonight. She came to play. I also thought Maddie Newman (2nd year, guard, Calgary, AB) did really well too coming off the bench for us. We struggled thought where we shouldn't have. Turnovers were the story in this one."
"Victoria head coach Dani Sinclair (4th season) :
Said a strong first half paved the way:
"Our girls shot the ball pretty well in the first half and that helped and we were able to create some things defensively."
On getting all 12 players in:
"It was a bonus because it is always tough playing back to back games. For some of our younger players, we are still trying to see who can contribute in different ways."
On Saturday's second game:
"It will be a battle. I think they found their rhythm in the final quarter and they beat us. I think they will come out fighting and we have to be ready for that."
The two teams will play again at the Tournament Capital Centre tomorrow (Sat Jan 14). Tip off is 5 pm.
Next week: TRU will wrap up their home stand with back to back games against the University of Winnipeg Wesmen (Jan 13-14). Victoria will return to the Interior to visit Kelowna, BC and the UBCO Heat.
Those games can be seen on www.CanadawestTV on a pay-per-view basis. The tip off times for the Wesmen/WolfPack series will be 6 pm on Friday (Jan 13) and 5 pm on Saturday (Jan 14)
OF NOTE: The TRU Bookstore/McDonalds "Leader of the Pack" player of the game was: Sigsworth.